PH’s IATF sets new protocols for inbound travelers

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The Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines said Hong Kong and Macau Nationals can now enter the country without a visa for 14 days.

The Philippines’ Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has set new testing and quarantine protocols for arriving International passengers from countries, territories, and jurisdictions in the green and yellow list effective Dec. 3.

Earlier this week, Hong Kong has been included in the country’s Yellow list coming from the green list because of the Omicron threat.

“For fully vaccinated individuals, they shall be required to have a negative RT-PCR test conducted within 72 hours before departure from the country of origin,” said Karlo Nograles, Cabinet Secretary and Acting Presidential Spokesperson.

Upon arrival, shall undergo facility-based quarantine with an RT-PCR Test taken on the 5th day, date of the arrival will be the first day. Regardless of a negative result, they shall be required to undergo home quarantine up to the 14th day from the date of arrival.

For Unvaccinated, Partially Vaccinated or Vaccination Status cannot be independently verified, negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours before departure from the country of origin is required.

Upon arrival, they shall undergo facility-based quarantine with RT-PCR test done on the 7th day, the date of arrival will be the 1st day. Regardless of a negative result, they shall be required to undergo home quarantine up to the 14th day from the date of arrival.

Filipinos coming from the red list of countries, territories, and jurisdictions will only be allowed to enter the Philippines via government-initiated or non-government repatriations. Bayanihan flight shall only deplane via the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and Clark International Airport.