July 21, 2021

The ‘no swab, no entrance’ regulation in Zamboanga City is still in place.

Despite the danger presented by the more transmissible Delta form, the local administration has maintained its “no swab test, no entrance” policy to guarantee residents’ protection against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

The ban is still in force, according to municipal health official Dr. Dulce Amor Miravite, since even individuals who have been vaccinated against the illness may still get the virus.

“Even if you are completely vaccinated, you still have a chance of contracting the other variant,” she said.

Inbound visitors must show a negative swab test result before entering this city and the province of Zamboanga del Norte.

Inbound passengers to Zamboanga del Sur must simply show a Safe, Swift, and Smart Passage (S-PASS), while inbound travelers to Zamboanga Sibugay must present a medical certificate, travel authorization, and a valid identity card (ID).

According to Miravite, there is also no centralized database system in place to check if the bearer of a vaccination card is properly vaccinated.

The national Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) had previously approved Resolution No. 124-B, which allows vaccination cards to be used as a substitute for any testing requirements prior to travel or upon arrival at the destination’s local government unit (LGU).

LGUs may still require fully vaccinated visitors to show a negative swab test result before entering their jurisdictions, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

The city’s “no swab, no entrance regulation” is still in place, according to Miravite.

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