MANILA – The Philippines revised the list of “red, yellow and green” countries and jurisdictions, as well as testing and quarantine protocols for arriving passengers.
The red, yellow and green list was updated at the meeting of members of the Interagency Working Group for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) on Thursday.
In a press release, presidential spokesman Harry Roque said Romania was the only country on the red list.
On the flip side, there are around 49 states and jurisdictions on the green list, Roque said.
The green list includes Algeria, American Samoa, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Chad, China (mainland), Comoros, Republic of Congo, Cook Islands, Eritrea , the Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Gibraltar, Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region of China), Kiribati, Madagascar, Mali, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Montserrat, Nauru, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Niue, Korea North, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Poland, Saba (Special Municipality of the Kingdom of the Netherlands), Saint Helena, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Saint Eustache, Solomon Islands, Sudan, Syria , Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tokelau, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu and Yemen.
Roque said all other countries, jurisdictions or territories are listed on the yellow list.
The updated list will go into effect from October 16 to 31.
Updated tests, quarantine rules
Roque said the IATF-EID has also “simplified and codified” testing and quarantine protocols for travelers entering the Philippines.
Passengers arriving from red countries will be banned if they stay there 14 days prior to their arrival in the Philippines.
“Inbound international travel for all people, regardless of their immunization status, coming from or having been on the Red List in the 14 days prior to their arrival in the Philippines will not be permitted,” Roque said.
However, all passengers who are simply transiting through the red country should not be considered “coming from or having been in such country or jurisdiction or territory if they have stayed at the airport the entire time and have not been cleared. to enter through its immigration authorities, ”he said.
“Upon arrival in the Philippines, passengers covered by the previous paragraph must comply with existing and test protocols,” he said.
Roque said Filipinos returning to the country through government-initiated and uninitiated repatriation, as well as Bayanihan flights, could also be allowed in, “subject to testing and quarantine protocols.”
He added that Filipinos returning from Red List countries are required to spend their first 10 days in a quarantine facility and the last four days at home, once back in the country.
They are also mandated to take a reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test on their seventh day in the country, Roque said.
“Despite a negative test result, the arriving passenger must complete the 10-day quarantine period at the facilities,” he said.
Roque said the Quarantine Bureau (BOQ) had been tasked with ensuring strict symptom monitoring of travelers from the Red Countries during the establishment’s 10-day quarantine.
For fully vaccinated passengers arriving from the Yellow Countries, they must undergo a facility quarantine until their negative RT-PCR result taken on their fifth day in the Philippines is released, Roque said.
“After which, they will be required to undergo home quarantine until their 10th day. Foreign nationals will be required to guarantee their pre-booked accommodation for at least 6 days, ”he said.
Roque said unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers, as well as those with unverified vaccination status, should undergo quarantine at the facility until their negative RT-PCR result taken on day seven is released. in the country.
They are required to undergo a home quarantine for an additional week, while foreigners must obtain pre-booked accommodation of at least eight days, Roque added.
In the meantime, fully vaccinated foreigners from Green List countries no longer need to undergo an institutional quarantine, provided they test negative on RT-PCR tests performed within 72 hours of departure from the country. ‘origin.
“On arrival, no more facility-based quarantine will be required, but the passenger is encouraged to monitor themselves for any symptoms until day 14,” Roque said.
Roque said fully vaccinated Filipino Overseas (OFW) workers or non-OFWs in Green States also have the option to undergo quarantine at facilities until their negative RT-PCR test result is released. taken in the quarantine facility upon arrival in the country. .
They can also choose not to submit to quarantine, provided they test negative on the RT-PCR test within 72 hours of leaving the country of origin.
However, they are also advised to monitor themselves for any symptoms until their 14th day in the country, Roque said.
He said unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people, and those whose immunization status is not verified, and those who have not complied with “pre-travel testing requirements” should undergo quarantine at the facilities until. upon publication of their negative RT-PCR test performed. on their fifth day in the country.
“In the case of foreign nationals, they will be required to guarantee hotel reservations for at least six days,” he said.
In the case of unvaccinated or partially vaccinated minors traveling with their fully vaccinated parents or guardians, they are required to adhere to quarantine protocols corresponding to their vaccination status, Roque said.
“A parent / guardian will accompany the child to the quarantine facility for the duration of the quarantine period in the latter’s facility,” he said.
OFWs and their spouses, parents or children traveling to the Philippines or overseas can present either the VaxCertPH digital vaccination certificate, the International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICV) issued by BOQ or the World Health Organization. health (WHO), or the national digital certificate from the foreign government accepting VaxCertPH to validate their vaccination status.
The same requirements can be made by non-OFWs vaccinated at home or abroad, and foreigners vaccinated in the Philippines, Roque said.
Roque said foreigners vaccinated abroad can present the ICV issued by the WHO or the national digital certificate from the foreign government that accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal agreement, unless otherwise authorized by the IATF. -EID. (ANP)