Follow us for updates
© 2020
Read the Story →

Philippines Requires Quarantine for All Arrivals Starting Feb. 1

Regardless of origin.
by Arianne Merez
Just now
Photo/s: Shutterstock

All travelers who will enter the Philippines starting Feb. 1 will be required to undergo a facility-based quarantine upon arrival, Malacañang said Wednesday as the nation guards against the spread of a more contagious COVID-19 virus variant.

Asymptomatic passengers will undergo RT-PCR testing on the fifth day from arrival in the Philippines unless they show symptoms at an earlier date during quarantine, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.

"Arriving passengers, regardless of their origin, shall be required to undergo facility-based quarantine upon arrival," Roque said.

Once travelers test negative for COVID-19, Roque said he or she would be endorsed to his or her respective local government unit for the continuation of the remainder of the 14-day mandatory quarantine "under strict monitoring" of authorities.

"Appropriate patient management shall be observed as outlined in the guidelines of the Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases and the Department of Health Omnibus Guidelines on Prevention, Detection, Isolation, Treatment and Reintegration Strategies for COVID-19," Roque said.

Continue reading below ↓

The Philippines has an ongoing travel ban covering several countries and territories that have reported cases of COVID-19 virus variants.


UK Variant Traced in Dec. 10 Swab Test, Here's Why it Matters

Earlier this month, the Philippines confirmed its first case too of the UK variant of SARS-CoV-2,  known as B.1.1.7. in a male patient in Quezon City. Later, the Department of Health confirmed more cases of the virus variant in different parts of Luzon. 

Most recently, health authorities also confirmed local transmission of the UK virus variant in Bontoc, Mountain Province.


Lockdowns, Mass Testing in Bontoc as 12 More Fall Sick to UK COVID Variant

Is the UK COVID Variant More Deadly? Here's What Scientists Say

Latest Headlines
Read Next
Recent News
The news. So what? Subscribe to the newsletter that explains what the news means for you.
The email address you entered is invalid.
Thank you for signing up to On Three, reportr's weekly newsletter delivered to your mailbox three times a week. Only the latest, most useful and most insightful reads.
By signing up to newsletter, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.