By Rey Anthony Chiu | 11:19 AM February 06, 2022
Without regard to country of origin, effective February 1, 2022, fully vaccinated international arriving passengers only needs to show a negative Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) test result and they are no longer required to undergo facility-based quarantine.
This as the Inter Agency Task Force on the management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF) suspended upon the recommendation of the Task Force on COVID-19 New Variants and the sub-Technical Working Group on Data Analytics, the classification of countries/territories/jurisdictions as “Green,” “Yellow,” and “Red” effective that same day.
In Resolution No 159 series of 2022, the IATF resolved now that fully vaccinated international arriving passengers are now only required to present a negative Reverse Transcription – Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test, taken within 48 hours before his departure from his country of origin.
Having complied with that, he shall no longer need to get into the mandatory facility-based quarantine.
He however must self-monitor for any sign or symptom for 7 days starting with his date of arrival and he has the responsibility to report to the local government unit upon the manifestation of COVID -19 symptoms.
Naturally, upon stepping into the country, they must show proof of vaccination through any of the following: a World Health Organization International Certificates of Vaccination and Prophylaxis; VaxCertPH; or a national or state digital certificate of the foreign government which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement.
For those arriving international travelers who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or those whose vaccination status cannot be independently validated, they are required to present a negative RT-PCR test taken within forty-eight hours (48hrs) prior to departure from the country of origin.
Moreover, they shall be required to undergo facility-based quarantine in the place of disembarkation, until the release of their negative RT-PCR test taken on the fifth (5th) day.
Beyond that, upon arriving in their LGU of destination, they shall be required to undergo home quarantine until their 14th day, counting their day of arrival as day one.
While on home quarantine, the local government units of destination and their respective Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams are tasked to monitor those arriving passengers undergoing home quarantine.
If accompanied by children below 11 years who cannot be vaccinated, the children shall go with the parent’s quarantine.
When approved, fully vaccinated nationals or passport holders of non-visa required countries under Executive Order No. 408 (s.1960), are allowed to enter the Philippines, if they have valid passports for at least 6 at time of arrival and have return ticket to their country of origin, must have an acceptable proof vaccination against Covid-19 recognized under existing IATF regulations.
On children below 18 years old, they are exempted from the full vaccination and providing proof of vaccination requirement prior to boarding, but they shall observe the existing testing and quarantine protocols in place for fully vaccinated international arriving passengers. (rahc/PIA_7/Bohol)