PH shortens quarantine period for inbound travelers who locally received Covid-19 vaccine

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Overseas Filipinos returning to the Philippines. (FILE/SOURCE: Department of Foreign Affairs - Philippines/DFA/

Inbound travelers to the Philippines who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will only need to be quarantined for seven days instead of 14, provided that they received the jabs in the country.

Philippine Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Wednesday that an individual is considered fully vaccinated against Covid-19 two weeks after he or she receives either the second jab in a two-dose series or one jab in a single-dose vaccine.

Roque is also the spokesperson for the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), the government group in charge of creating anti-epidemic policies in the Philippines.

The IATF, however, made no mention of protocols for inbound travelers who have received their vaccine outside of the Philippines.

Roque said an individual who is fully inoculated against Covid-19 should carry his or her vaccination cards prior to departure. A Bureau of Quarantine representative will also verify the record before he or she could enter the Philippines.

The inbound traveler will undergo the week-long quarantine at a government-accredited facility. He or she will no longer need to undergo Covid-19 testing unless symptoms show during those seven days.

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The IATF also directed other Philippine departments and agencies to provide recommendations to further relax testing and quarantine protocols for certain travelers.

Current protocols require all inbound travelers to undergo 14-day quarantine, with 10 of those days spent in a government facility.

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