PH no longer requires facility-based quarantine for fully vaccinated arriving travellers

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International passengers arriving at NAIA Terminal 2 patiently waits for the car service in the arrival bay.

Karlo Nograles, acting presidential spokesperson on Friday said, fully vaccinated arriving passengers will no longer undergo a facility-based quarantine instead self-monitor for seven days starting Feb. 1

With the suspension of green, yellow and red list risk classifications for arriving travellers, there will be no bearing as to which places with a low, moderate, or high risk of Covid-19 transmission the traveller is coming from.

Travellers will now have different requirements based on the vaccination status.

Fully vaccinated international arriving passengers will no longer be required to observe mandatory facility-based quarantine but shall undergo self-monitoring for 7 days. They also need to provide a negative RT-PCR test taken 48 hours before departure from the country of origin.

The Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated will be required to present a negative RT-PCR Test, taken 48 hours before the departure from the country of origin. They will need to quarantine in a facility until the release of the negative RT-PCR taken on the fifth day. They will need to continue quarantine at home until the 14th day.

Departing Travellers regardless of the vaccination status shall present a negative RT-PCR, 48 hours before departure.

In a government announcement, effective Feb 10, fully vaccinated nationals of non-visa-required countries will now be allowed entry to the Philippines.

The Department of Health made the recommendation to the Inter-Agency Task Force to ease travel restrictions despite the transmission of Omicron variant in the community.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Verger said the data showed the local spread of the Omicron variant did not stem from returning overseas Filipinos. More Omicron patients have no travel history compared to the returning Filipinos.

In a tweet from OCTA research fellow and the University of the Philippines Professor, NCR and neighboring Provinces like Batangas, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal have a downward trend in new cases.