New COVID quarantine protocols for travelers from 'green', 'yellow' countries issued by IATF

Published October 8, 2021, 12:20 PM

by Argyll Cyrus Geducos

The government’s pandemic task force has updated its testing and quarantine protocols for individuals coming from countries, territories, and jurisdictions placed under the green and yellow lists.

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In a statement, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said that the new protocols set by the Inter-agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases will be effective on October 8.

Based on the updated guidelines, fully vaccinated individuals coming from green or yellow list countries need to undergo facility-based quarantine until the release of their negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing taken on the fifth day.

They shall then be required to undergo home quarantine until their 10th day, with the day of arrival as their first day.

On the other hand, unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or individuals whose vaccination status cannot be independently verified or confirmed as valid or authentic by our authorities coming from the said lists of countries shall be required to undergo facility-based quarantine until the release of their RT-PCR testing taken on the seventh day.

They shall then be required to undergo home quarantine until their 14th day, with the day of arrival as their first day.

For both instances, the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) shall ensure strict symptom monitoring while the individuals are in the facility.

Meanwhile, foreign nationals shall be required to secure their own pre-booked accommodation of at least six days for the fully vaccinated; and at least eight days for the unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or individuals whose vaccination status cannot be independently confirmed by local authorities.

Documents accepted to verify/confirm the vaccination status include:

  • Certification from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in the country of origin for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their spouses, parents, and/or children traveling with them
  • VaxCertPH digital vaccination certificate or BOQ-issued International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICV) for Filipinos or foreigners fully vaccinated in the Philippines
  • National digital certificate of the foreign government which accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement or BOQ-issued ICV for non-OFWs and foreigners fully vaccinated abroad.

As of October 1, Bermuda is the only country placed on the country’s red list. This list is for countries considered as “high risk” based on the rate of coronavirus (COVID-19) infections.

The following are placed under the green list until October 15:

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

Countries, territories, and jurisdictions not mentioned are under the yellow list and considered as “moderate risk”.

 
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