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Beginning February 16, the Philippines will allow fully vaccinated foreigners to enter the country.

Beginning February 16, the Philippines will allow fully vaccinated visitors to enter the country, according to Malacanang.

The new guidelines, which were approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), will require foreigners to present proof of full vaccination against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and to undergo additional protocols, according to acting presidential spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles.

“Beginning February 16, 2022, all foreign nationals entitled to enter the Philippines would be required to show proof of full vaccination,” he stated.

The following categories, however, are excluded from the obligation, according to Nograles:

-children under the age of 18

-people who, according to a competent public health authority in the nation or port of origin, are medically unable to receive the vaccine.

-foreign diplomats and their qualifying dependents, or visa holders with the 9(e) classification

He said the Civil Aeronautics Board has asked the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to require airlines to demand foreigners flying to the Philippines to produce documentation of complete vaccination before boarding aircraft to any point in the Philippines.

Meanwhile, Nograles stated that the national Covid-19 vaccination certificates of Colombia, Iraq, Monaco, Italy, Tunisia, and Vietnam, as well as other countries or territories whose proofs of vaccination the IATF has approved for recognition in the Philippines, will be accepted for purposes of arrival quarantine protocols, as well as interzonal or intrazonal movement.

Only the IATF-approved proofs of vaccination will be accepted by the Bureau of Quarantine, the DOTr-One-Stop-Shop, and the Bureau of Immigration.

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