DOT tells hotels to strictly observe 14-day quarantine rule

Published January 3, 2021, 6:07 PM

by Hanah Tabios

The Department of Tourism-National Capital Region (DOT-NCR) is enjoining all accommodation establishments in Metro Manila operating as temporary quarantine facilities for Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs) to strictly adhere to the 14-day mandatory quarantine protocol notwithstanding a negative swab test result through reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). 

In an advisory released yesterday, regional director Woodrow Maquiling Jr. said the reminder was based on the order of the national government’s COVID-19 task force to test all passengers arriving from flagged countries with confirmed cases of the new COVID-19 variant. 

ROFs are required to take the RT-PCR swab test and must be subjected to a mandatory 14-day mandatory facility-based quarantine in spite of a negative swab test result. These include passengers from flights originating from the United Kingdom, Denmark, Ireland, Japan, Australia, Israel, The Netherlands, Hong Kong, Switzerland, France, United States of America, Iceland, Italy, Lebanon, Singapore, Sweden, South Korea, South Africa, Canada, Spain, and Germany.

The hotel management are also urged to ensure a fast and convenient check-in procedure of ROFs upon arrival at their property to reduce the probable exposure and risk of getting COVID-19.