No facility isolation for jabbed travellers to Philippines

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Facility-based quarantine is no longer required for fully-vaccinated travellers to the Philippines from ‘green lanes’ as long as they present their negative Covid-19 test. STR/AFP

Starting on October 14, facility-based quarantine will no longer be required for fully-vaccinated Filipino and foreign travellers to the Philippines from “green lanes” as long as they present their negative Covid-19 test, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque announced on October 13.

According to Roque, who also serves as the spokesperson of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases, the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test of arriving travellers should be taken within 72 hours before leaving the country of origin.

“Upon arrival, no facility-based quarantine will be required but the passenger is enjoined to self-monitor for any symptoms until the 14th day,” he said in a statement.

Roque, however, said fully vaccinated Filipino travellers still have the option to avail facility-based quarantine until the release of a negative RT-PCR test which would be taken in the quarantine facility upon their arrival.

On the other hand, the Malacanang Presidential Palace official said, unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or individuals whose inoculation status cannot be independently verified, as well as immunised individuals who fail to comply with the test-before-travel requirements, should undergo a facility-based quarantine until their RT-PCR test, taken on the fifth day of their quarantine, yields a negative result.

As for foreign nationals, they should secure hotel reservations for at least six days for their quarantine, Roque also said.

Meanwhile, unvaccinated or partially inoculated minors traveling with their fully immunised parents or guardians “shall be required to observe the quarantine protocols corresponding to their vaccination status”. The child will be accompanied by his or her parent or guardian.

For validation of vaccination status, travellers may present either their VaxCertPH digital certificate, Bureau of Quarantine- or World Health Organisation-issued international certificate of vaccination or prophylaxis, or the national digital certificate of the foreign government where they were vaccinated.