Philippines lifts quarantine requirement
Published on: Saturday, October 16, 2021
By: Bernama
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Workers place signage to block off seats inside a cinema in Manila ahead of the reopening of movie houses following a sharp fall in the daily number of coronavirus infections and increased vaccinations.
MANILA: The Philippines has lifted the quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated travellers arriving from China and over 40 other countries and regions with low number of Covid-19 infections, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said on Friday.

Roque said the new rule applying to travellers from China and other countries and regions included in a green list will take effect from Saturday until Oct 31, reported Xinhua.

For fully vaccinated foreign nationals, Roque said a negative RT-PCR swab test will be required to be taken within 72 hours before departure. 

Upon arrival, the traveller is no longer needed to stay in a quarantine facility, but the passenger is urged to self-monitor for any symptoms until the 14th day, he said.

For unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, and individuals whose vaccination status cannot be independently verified, and those vaccinated but failed to comply with the test-before-travel requirements, Roque said they need to be isolated in a quarantine facility until the release of a negative RT-PCR test taken on the 5th day.

Foreign tourists are still barred from entering the Philippines as part of the border measures when the government imposed lockdown restrictions in March 2020. 

Only those foreigners granted special visas, including diplomats, are allowed to enter. 

Philippines begun vaccinating minors age 15 to 17 Friday, with the initial rollout for provinces targeted before the month ends. After the first phase for age 15 to 17, the vaccination will expand to minors age 12 to 14.


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