PH allows entry of returning overseas Filipinos recovering from Covid-19

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Returning overseas Filipinos at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on April 9, 2020. (FILE/Department of Foreign Affairs/dfa.gov.ph)

Overseas Filipinos who have recovered from coronavirus but still test positive in the required pre-departure reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests may be allowed to enter the Philippines with required conditions, said Malacañang on Friday.

Karlo Nograles, Cabinet Secretary and acting presidential spokesperson cited Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Resolution 158, allowing the entry of Filipinos arriving from abroad if they present the following requirements:

  1. A positive RT-PCR test was taken, within 48 hours before the date or time of departure from the country or port of origin. 
  2. A medical certificate issued by a licensed physician stating that the traveler has completed the mandatory isolation period, is no longer infectious, and has been allowed free movement or travel. 
  3. A positive RT-PCR test was taken not earlier than 10 days but not later than 30 days before the date or time of departure from the country or port of origin. 

Nograles mentioned that upon arrival, these Filipino travelers will be required to a facility-based quarantine depending on the classification of the country, territory, or jurisdiction of origin and passenger’s vaccination status. 

“However, if fully vaccinated and coming from Green List countries/territories/jurisdictions, they shall be required to undergo facility-based quarantine periods prescribed for Yellow List countries/territories/jurisdictions for fully vaccinated arriving passengers,” Nograles added.

Hong Kong is currently under the green list or low-risk territory for the Philippines from Jan. 16 to 31.