The Philippines on Friday announced fresh travel protocols for those entering the country in light of the local transmission of the highly contagious Delta variant.
Here's what you need to know if you're traveling to the Philippines effective July 26, 2021:
Who's qualified for a seven-day facility-based quarantine?
International arrivals are qualified for a shorter seven-day facility-based quarantine with RT-PCR testing on the fifth day if they meet the following requirements:
- Their port of origin is a Green List country/jurisdiction/territory.
- They stayed exclusively in Green List countries/jurisdictions/territories in the last 14 days prior to their arrival in the Philippines.
- They are fully vaccinated, whether in the Philippines or abroad.
- Their vaccination status can be independently verified/confirmed by Philippine authorities as valid and authentic upon arrival in the country.
For those qualified, the Bureau of Quarantine shall ensure strict symptom monitoring while in the facility for seven days. Even if the RT-PCR test yields a negative result, the individual shall still complete the 7-day facility-based quarantine.
If the RT-PCR test is, however, positive, prescribed isolation protocols must be followed. Upon completion of the quarantine, the BOQ shall issue a quarantine certificate which indicates the individual’s vaccination status. The individual should still self-monitor symptoms for another seven days.
View countries and territories part of the Philippines' 'Green List' here.
Who needs to undergo a 10-day facility-based quarantine?
International arriving passengers who are not from countries part of the Philippines' 'Green List' will need to undergo a 10-day facility-based quarantine and a four-day home quarantine, including an RT-PCR test on the seventh day, if any of the following conditions are present:
- Their port of origin is not a Green List country/jurisdiction/territory.
- They stayed outside a Green List country/jurisdiction/territory at any time in the last 14 days before their arrival in the Philippines.
- They have not been fully vaccinated.
- Even if fully vaccinated, their vaccination status cannot be independently verified/confirmed by Philippine authorities as valid or authentic upon their arrival in the country.
For travelers -- whether Filipinos or foreigners -- transiting through a non-Green List area shall not be deemed as having come from or having been to the said area if they stayed in the airport the whole time and were not cleared for entry by immigration authorities.
For overseas Filipino workers and their spouses, parents, or children traveling with them, they must present a Certification from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in the country of origin.
For Filipinos and foreigners fully vaccinated in the Philippines, they must show either their local government unit (LGU) hospital-issued Vaccination Cards (in original or hard copy form) or LGU-issued Vaccine Certificate, provided these can be verified/confirmed by border control authorities, or an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICV) issued by the Bureau of Quarantine.