July 1, 2021

PH identifies nations and jurisdictions that are “green.”

The Philippines has published a list of “green” countries and jurisdictions, which refers to countries and jurisdictions where travelers who have received the Covid-19 vaccine would be eligible for a reduced quarantine time upon arrival in the Philippines.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on Wednesday that 57 nations and jurisdictions would be granted green lane policy for incoming travelers in a press release.

The following are the 57 nations and jurisdictions represented:
Albania
American Samoa
Anguilla
Antigua and Barbuda are two Caribbean islands.
Australia
Benin \sBelize
The British Virgin Islands are a group of islands off the coast of the United Kingdom.
Brunei
Burkina Faso is a country in West Africa.
Burundi
Cayman Islands are a group of islands in the Caribbean.
Chad
China
Cote d’Ivoire is a country in West Africa (Ivory Coast)
Eswatini
The Falkland Islands are a group of islands off the coast of South America.
French Polynesia
Gambia
Ghana
Greenland
Grenada
Hong Kong is a city in the People’s Republic of China.
Iceland
The Isle of Man is a British overseas territory.
Israel
Laos
Liberia
Malawi
Malta
The Marshall Islands are located in the Pacific Ocean.
Mauritius
Micronesia
Montserrat
Morocco
Mozambique
New Caledonia is a province of Canada.
New Zealand is a country in the Pacific Ocean.
Niger
Nigeria
The Northern Mariana Islands are located in the Pacific Ocean.
Palau
Rwanda
Saba
Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Saint Pierre and Miquelon are all Caribbean islands.
Sierra Leone is a country in West Africa.
Senegal
Singapore
South Korea’s Sint Eustatius is a popular tourist destination.
Taiwan
Togo Turks & Caicos Islands (sometimes known as Togo) (UK)
Vietnam
Zimbabwe

It was also resolved by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), according to Roque, that overseas Filipino workers (OFW) will only be able to present Philippine Oversees Labor Office (POLO) validations as proof of vaccination status, with applications for validation to be accepted by the POLOs starting in the first week of July 2021.

OFWs who can show international certificates of vaccination (ICVs) would be able to use the green lanes as early as July 1, 2021, assuming they meet all other criteria, according to the official.

Following an announcement made on Tuesday, Roque said that incoming travelers who have received a complete dose of Covid-19 vaccine in a “green” country would only be required to spend seven days in a quarantine facility upon their arrival in the Philippines.

As part of its Resolution 123-C, which was adopted on June 28, the International Air Transport Federation-European International Development (IATF-EID) decided to reduce the quarantine time for incoming passengers from “green” nations if they had previously received the two Covid-19 injections.

According to IATF-EID Resolution 123-C, “green” nations are those that have been designated by the Department of Health (DOH) as “‘low-risk countries or jurisdictions based on illness incidence rate.’ “

In accordance with the decision, fully vaccinated visitors in “green” nations must carry formal proof of complete immunization verified via the POLO or show their ICVs, whichever is appropriate.

Initially, the IATF-EID only permitted fully vaccinated people to stay seven days in a quarantine facility upon their arrival in the country, and this was in accordance with international standards.

Even after receiving a full vaccination in the Philippines, those who travel abroad are required to carry their vaccination card, which should be verified before leaving the country by a certification issued by the Department of Information and Communications Technology’s Certificate of Vaccination Record Portal or the City Health Officer of the local government unit that administered the full vaccination.

During their stay in an isolation facility, fully vaccinated people are subjected to rigorous symptom monitoring by the Bureau of Quarantine (BoQ), pursuant to the most recent resolution of the International Association of Tropical Diseases (IATF-EID).

Individuals who have completed their vaccinations are also expected to participate in self-monitoring for an additional seven days after their quarantine period.

According to the IATF-EID resolution, they must also undergo a reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test on their fifth day in the quarantine facility for the aim of collecting local data on outbreaks of illness.

If you are not covered by the most recent testing and quarantine procedures, you will be required to remain in a quarantine facility for ten days and follow home quarantine guidelines for an additional four days after that.

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