June 18, 2021

Pinoys who have been vaccinated overseas may be excused from the Covid-19 test, according to the Department of Health

Filipinos who have been completely vaccinated overseas should not be tested for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) when they arrive in the country, according to the Department of Health.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in an online media forum that current government rules only allow for the exemption of reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing for Filipinos who have been completely vaccinated in the nation.

“Gaya po nitong gagawin nating sistema sa Pilipinas, yung mga nabakunahan na po dito sa Pilipinas at sila po ay aalis, pagbalik na lang seven days na lang ang quarantine (The system with our green lanes, those who were vaccinated here in the Philippines and travel overseas and come back, there will

If they do not show signs of infection after seven days, they may be released from quarantine and will be monitored by their local authorities.

“Ganyan din po ang ating nire-rekomenda to those vaccinated overseas pabalik dito, but hindi pa po natin iyan naipa-finalize kasi (We’re suggesting the same to those vaccinated abroad pabalik dito, but we haven’t completed that),” Vergeire added.

Testing returning Filipino tourists for Covid-19 is an essential element of the government’s response to the pandemic, according to Vergeire, since the number of illnesses has risen owing to the discovery of additional transmissible strains.

“We should be cautious, so nga po ang pinapatupad natin unti-unti po ang pagluwag para sa mga fully-vaccinated till we can get that coverage where pwede natin masabi na magiging safe po ang ating mga kababayan kapag hindi na po natin kwina-quarantine at tine-test (so we’re gradually

The government said on Friday that a seven-day facility-based quarantine period would begin on June 22 for returning abroad Filipino employees and tourists who have been properly vaccinated in the nation.

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