PH adds 4 more countries to red list; 52 to green list

Published September 17, 2021, 9:43 AM

by Argyll Cyrus Geducos

Malacañang announced that Grenada, Papua New Guinea, Serbia, and Slovenia have been added to the so-called red list countries, prohibiting travelers from the said nations to enter the Philippines starting Sept. 19, 2021.

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Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque made the announcement amid the rising number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the country.

In a statement on Friday morning, Sept. 17, Roque said the ban on the entry of travelers from the said four countries will last until Sept. 30, 2021.

Before this, the government has identified nine countries as red list. They are as follows:

  • Azerbaijan
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guam
  • Israel
  • Kosovo
  • Montenegro
  • North Macedonia
  • Saint Lucia
  • Switzerland

The Inter-agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has classified red list countries/jurisdictions/territories as “high risk” based on the following metrics

  • For populations greater than 100,000 the incidence rate shall be more than 500
  • For populations less than 100,000, the COVID-19 case counts shall be more than 500, and the testing rate of tests over the past 28 days per 100,000 population

Inbound international travelers, regardless of their vaccination status, shall not be allowed to enter the Philippines. Only Filipinos returning to the country via government-initiated repatriation, non-government-initiated repatriation, and Bayanihan flights may be allowed entry, subject to entry, testing, and quarantine protocols.

Green and yellow Lists

The IATF has also updated the green list countries:

  1. American Samoa
  2. Burkina Faso
  3. Cameroon
  4. Cayman Islands
  5. Chad
  6. China
  7. Comoros
  8. Republic of the Congo
  9. Djibouti
  10. Equatorial Guinea
  11. Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
  12. Gabon
  13. Hong Kong
  14. Hungary
  15. Madagascar
  16. Mali
  17. Federated States of Micronesia
  18. Montserrat
  19. New Caledonia
  20. New Zealand
  21. Niger
  22. Northern Mariana Islands
  23. Palau
  24. Poland
  25. Saba (Special Municipality of the Kingdom of Netherlands)
  26. Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  27. Sierra Leone
  28. Sint Eustatius
  29. Taiwan
  30. Algeria
  31. Bhutan
  32. Cook Islands
  33. Eritrea
  34. Kiribati
  35. Marshall Islands
  36. Nauru
  37. Nicaragua
  38. Niue
  39. North Korea
  40. Saint Helena
  41. Samoa
  42. Solomon Islands
  43. Sudan
  44. Syria
  45. Tajikstan
  46. Tanzania
  47. Tokelau
  48. Tonga
  49. Turkmenistan
  50. Tuvalu
  51. Vanuatu
  52. Yemen

Meanwhile, countries, jurisdictions, and territories not included on the red or green lists are placed on the “yellow list”.

The IATF classified yellow list countries/jurisdictions/ territories as “moderate risk” based on the following metrics:

  • For populations greater than 100,000, the incidence rate shall be 50 to 500
  • For populations less than 100,000, the COVID-19 case counts shall be 50 to 500; and the testing rate of tests over the past 28 days per 100,000 population

Inbound international travelers, regardless of their vaccination status, coming from or with travel history within the last 14 days prior to their arrival in the Philippines from yellow list states shall be governed by entry, testing, and quarantine protocols.

 
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