Facility Quarantine No Longer Required for Fully Vaccinated Travelers

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang announced that the government will no longer be requiring facility-based quarantine starting February 1. This goes for fully vaccinated arriving international passengers and returning Filipinos. 

Fully vaccinated inbound passengers are no long required to undergo facility-based quarantine starting February 1. | IMG Source: Rappler

In place of the required quarantine, incoming travelers will need to present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to traveling. Travelers will also no longer be classified according to their country of origin. 

Spokesperson Karlos Nograles said that inbound passengers must take responsibility in monitoring themselves for any symptoms for seven days. He also said that travelers will “be required to report to the local government unit of destination upon the manifestation of symptoms, if any.” 

International arriving passengers must present any of the following as proof of vaccination against COVID-19:

  • VaxCertPH 
  • World Health Organization international certificates of vaccination and prophylaxis 
  • National/state digital certificates from foreign governments which also accept VaxCertPH in a reciprocal arrangement unless otherwise permitted by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF)

Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers must show proof of negative RT-PCR test within 48 hours prior to traveling. They will also be required to undergo facility-based quarantine until a negative RT-PCR test on the fifth day. Then, they will have to undergo home quarantine until the 14th day. 

Children below 12 years old who cannot be vaccinated must practice the same measures as their parents. 

Nograles also called on LGUs of arriving passengers to closely monitor those undergoing home quarantine. 

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