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GUIDE: Testing, Quarantine Rules for International Arrivals in the Philippines

Red yellow and green lists also updated for January 2022.
by Arianne Merez
Jan 14, 2022
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The Philippines on Friday updated its COVID-19 testing and quarantine protocols for international travelers as the hyper-contagious Omicron coronavirus variant sweeps the world.

Travelers coming from Red List countries and territories or those identified as high-risk for COVID-19 will be allowed entry to the subject to new quarantine and testing protocols. Previously, travelers from areas included in the Red List were prohibited entry from the Philippines.

"The inbound international travel of all persons coming from or who have been to 'Red List' countries, jurisdictions, territories within the last 14 days prior to arrival to any port of the Philippines shall be allowed," Cabinet Sec. Karlo Nograles said.

Here's a guide to the updated COVID-19 testing and quarantine protocols for international travelers:

For passengers arriving from Green List countries

Fully vaccinated

1. Negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to departure from the country of origin

2. Upon arrival, they shall no longer be required to undergo mandatory facility-based quarantine

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3. Self-monitor for any signs or symptoms for 7 days with the first day being the date of arrival

Partially vaccinated, unvaccinated, vaccination status cannot be independently verified

1. Negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to departure from the country of origin

2. Required to undergo mandatory facility-based quarantine until the release of their negative RT-PCR test taken on the fifth day

3. Self-monitor for any signs or symptoms for 14 days with the first day being the date of arrival.

For passengers arriving from Green List countries

Fully vaccinated

1. Negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to departure from the country of origin

2. Required to undergo mandatory facility-based quarantine until the release of their negative RT-PCR test taken on the fifth day

3. Once with a negative result, they may be released for completion of home quarantine up to the seventh day from the date of arrival

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Partially vaccinated, unvaccinated, vaccination status cannot be independently verified

1. Negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to departure from the country of origin

2. Required to undergo mandatory facility-based quarantine until the release of their negative RT-PCR test taken on the seventh day

3. Once with a negative result, they may be released for completion of home quarantine up to the 14th day from the date of arrival

For passengers arriving from Red List countries

Fully vaccinated

1. Negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to departure from the country of origin

2. Required to undergo mandatory facility-based quarantine until the release of their negative RT-PCR test taken on the seventh day

3. Once with a negative result, they may be released for completion of home quarantine up to the 14th day from the date of arrival

Partially vaccinated, unvaccinated, vaccination status cannot be independently verified

1. Negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to departure from the country of origin

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2. Required to undergo mandatory facility-based quarantine until the release of their negative RT-PCR test taken on the seventh day

3. They may be discharged only upon completion of a 10-day facility-based quarantine regardless of a negative RT-PCR result and shall observe home quarantine until the 14th day with the date of arrival being the first day

Here are the travel classifications as approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19 Response for Jan. 16-31:

Red List (High risk)

Antigua and Barbuda

Curacao

Malta

Puerto Rico

Spain

Aruba

French Guiana

Mayotte

Saudi Arabia

U.S. Virgin Islands

Canada

Iceland

Mozambique

Green List (Low risk)

Bangladesh

Benin

Bhutan

British Virgin Islands

China (Mainland)

C'ote d'Ivoire

Djibouti

Equatorial Guinea

Falkland Islands

The Gambia

Ghana

Guinea

Hong Kong

India

Indonesia

Japan

Kosovo

Krygyzstan

Montserrat

Morocco

Niger

Oman

Pakisitan

Paraguay

Saba

Saint Barthelemy

Senegal

Sierra Leone

Sint Eustatius

Taiwan

Timor Leste

Uganda

Yellow List (Moderate Risk)

All other countries, territories, jurisdictions not listed above

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READ: Is 'No Vaccine, No Ride' in Public Transport Anti-Poor?

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