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PH relaxes quarantine for incoming visitors who aren’t immunized

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A resolution removing the quarantine requirement for visitors entering the Philippines who are either unvaccinated, only partially vaccinated, or whose vaccination status cannot be independently checked has been signed by President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.

The President has approved Resolution No. 2 of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), which permits inbound tourists without quarantine, according to a tweet from Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs Brigido Dulay.

According to the resolution, incoming tourists will still need to show proof of a negative quick antigen test result from a lab.

“Filipinos and foreign nationals 15 years of age and older shall present a remotely supervised or laboratory-based rapid antigen negative test result given and certified by a healthcare professional in a healthcare facility, laboratory, clinic, pharmacy, or other similar establishments taken within 24 hours prior to the date and time of departure from the country of origin/first port of embarkation in a continuous trip to the Philippines, excluding layovers; provided;

If an inbound traveler does not have a negative pre-departure test result, they will be asked to take a quick antigen test in a lab when they get to the airport.

Unvaccinated minors traveling with an adult who is under the age of 15 must adhere to the same quarantine rules as their parents or the accompanying adult.

Unaccompanied minors under the age of 15 who are immunized must also abide by the rules.

Rapid antigen testing conducted on inbound tourists who test positive for Covid-19 is required to follow the Department of Health’s current quarantine and isolation procedures.

Pre-departure testing will no longer be necessary for fully immunized inbound tourists.

The primary series of the Covid-19 vaccine must have been administered more than 14 days before the date and time of departure from the country of origin or port of embarkation for a fully immunized person.

Along with VaxCertPH, national or state manual/digital vaccination certificates issued by the country/foreign government, and further vaccination proof, they must also show a World Health Organization International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis.

In the Philippines, masks are no longer necessary in both indoor and outdoor contexts.

Marcos underlined the need for better access to the nation’s tourist hotspots last month in order to draw in more tourists.

He also emphasized the need for better tourism infrastructure to make sure that these locations are reachable.

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