Wed. Sep 29th, 2021

The Philippines will lift travel restrictions on passengers coming from 10 countries beginning September 6, Malacañang announced on Saturday.

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“President Rodrigo Roa Duterte approved the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to lift the current travel restrictions in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia starting Sept. 6, 2021,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.

For months, the 10 countries were listed as high-risk due to rising coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases and travelers from those nations were banned from entering the Philippines.

Despite the lifting of the ban, inbound passengers should comply with the appropriate entry, testing, and quarantine protocols, depending on the country’s approved listing.

Roque also said the IATF has approved the adoption of Yellow and Red classifications, in addition to the Green list of countries, jurisdictions, and territories.

The new listing is based on incidence rates and case counts as primary criteria and testing data as secondary criteria.

The incidence rate is the cumulative new cases over the past 28 days per 100,000 population while case counts are cumulative new cases over the past 28 days.

The IATF Yellow list, classified as moderate risk, is based on the following metrics:

-For a population greater than 100,000, the incidence rate shall be 50 to 500;
-For a population less than 100,000, the Covid-19 case counts shall be 50 to 500 and testing rate over the past 28 days per 100,000 population.

Roque said inbound international travelers, regardless of their vaccination status, coming from or with travel history from Yellow nations within the past 14 days before their arrival in the Philippines should strictly follow the entry, testing, and quarantine protocols.

First, travelers should undergo 14-day quarantine upon arrival.

Second, travelers must undergo reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing on the seventh day, with the day of arrival as Day 1.

Third, the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) will strictly conduct symptoms monitoring during the 10-day isolation period of travelers.Fourth, the foregoing shall be subject to special protocols approved by the IATF or the Office of the President for certain classes of travelers or ports of origin.

The Philippines will lift travel restrictions on passengers coming from 10 countries beginning September 6, Malacañang announced on Saturday.

“President Rodrigo Roa Duterte approved the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to lift the current travel restrictions in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia starting Sept. 6, 2021,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.

For months, the 10 countries were listed as high-risk due to rising coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases and travelers from those nations were banned from entering the Philippines.

Despite the lifting of the ban, inbound passengers should comply with the appropriate entry, testing, and quarantine protocols, depending on the country’s approved listing.

Roque also said the IATF has approved the adoption of Yellow and Red classifications, in addition to the Green list of countries, jurisdictions, and territories.

The new listing is based on incidence rates and case counts as primary criteria and testing data as secondary criteria.

The incidence rate is the cumulative new cases over the past 28 days per 100,000 population while case counts are cumulative new cases over the past 28 days.

The IATF Yellow list, classified as moderate risk, is based on the following metrics:

-For a population greater than 100,000, the incidence rate shall be 50 to 500;
-For a population less than 100,000, the Covid-19 case counts shall be 50 to 500 and testing rate over the past 28 days per 100,000 population.

Roque said inbound international travelers, regardless of their vaccination status, coming from or with travel history from Yellow nations within the past 14 days before their arrival in the Philippines should strictly follow the entry, testing, and quarantine protocols.

First, travelers should undergo 14-day quarantine upon arrival.

Second, travelers must undergo reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing on the seventh day, with the day of arrival as Day 1.

Third, the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) will strictly conduct symptoms monitoring during the 10-day isolation period of travelers.Fourth, the foregoing shall be subject to special protocols approved by the IATF or the Office of the President for certain classes of travelers or ports of origin.

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