10-day quarantine in gov’t facilities for all travelers to PH

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

The Philippines introduced new quarantine measures for all international arrivals on Friday in its bid to contain the spread of more infection coronavirus variants.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque bared the amended protocols in a briefing, adding that the regulations will apply regardless of whether a traveller has been vaccinated against Covid-19 or not.

Roque said the facility-based quarantine period for all inbound travellers will be extended from seven to 10 days. The extension follows an earlier proposal of an expert panel from the Philippines’ health department after they found that reliable positive test results appear seven to eight days after exposure.

Travellers will be tested on the seventh day, but they will still have to complete the 10-day period. If they test negative, they can isolate for four more days in their hometowns or hotels to complete the fortnight quarantine requirement.

The rules took effect at midnight on May 8.