November 20, 2021

The quarantine period for vaccinated OFWs and balikbayans has been reduced: DOT

The Department of Tourism (DOT) announced on Friday that starting November 22, the hotel quarantine period for fully vaccinated returning overseas Filipinos, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), and balikbayans from yellow countries will be reduced from five to three days.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat stated that fully vaccinated balikbayans from yellow countries who have completed pre-departure testing within 72 hours will only be subjected to a three-day facility-based quarantine, with testing on the third day. They will also be instructed to complete self-monitoring until the 14th day after their arrival.

Those who did not have pre-departure testing will be subjected to a facility-based quarantine until the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test results are released on the fifth day.

If the test results are negative, the individual will be released for home quarantine until the 10th day, according to the DOT.

Unvaccinated visitors will be subjected to facility-based quarantine with testing on the seventh day, followed by home quarantine up to the 14th day if the test results are negative.

“This latest development will greatly contribute to the ongoing recovery of the tourism sector this holiday season while also giving those who want to return home to be with their loved ones in the Philippines more time,” Romulo-Puyat said.

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