Manila, Philippines – The Interagency Working Group for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has approved testing and quarantine protocols for international passengers arriving at all ports of entry into the Philippines from countries / territories / jurisdictions not classified in the Red List.
This was agreed at the working group meeting on Thursday, December 2.
In a statement released to reporters, acting spokesperson for Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said the new protocols would take effect on Friday, December 3.
Under the new protocols, fully vaccinated people will be required to undergo a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test performed within 72 hours of departure from the country of origin.
Upon arrival in the Philippines, they must undergo a quarantine in the facility with an RT-PCR test performed on the 5th day, with the arrival date being the first day.
Regardless of a negative result, they will be required to undergo home quarantine until the 14th day from the date of arrival.
On the other hand, people who are not vaccinated, partially vaccinated or whose vaccination status cannot be independently validated will have to undergo a negative RT-PCR test carried out within 72 hours before departure from the country of origin.
Upon arrival in the Philippines, they are to undergo a quarantine in the facility with an RT-PCR test performed on the 7th day, with the arrival date being the first day.
Like those who are vaccinated, they should also be subjected to a home quarantine until the 14th day from the date of arrival, regardless of a negative RT-PCR result.
The statement also said that the IATF has asked the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to ensure that airlines only board passengers who meet the negative requirement of the RT-PCR test before travel.
“Testing and quarantine protocols for minors, on the other hand, should follow the testing and quarantine protocol of the parent / guardian traveling with them, regardless of the minor’s immunization status and country of origin,” says the directive.
“For international passengers who have already arrived and are currently in quarantine, they should continue with the testing and quarantine protocols in place at the time of their arrival,” he added.
The directive further states that Filipinos from Red List countries allowed to enter via government-initiated or non-government-initiated repatriations and Bayanihan flights will only be allowed to disembark through Ninoy Aquino International Airport and / or the airport. Clark International.
The DOTr, through its attached agencies, is responsible for ensuring airline compliance with this directive.
Upon arrival, passengers must comply with the testing and quarantine protocols prescribed by IATF Resolution No. 149-A (Article 2021).
Meanwhile, the IATF also changed the metrics to determine the alert level classifications of provinces, highly urbanized cities, and independent cities.
The changes include removing the one-week growth rate as a metric for escalating from Alert Level 1 to Alert Level 2, and escalating areas below Alert Level 1 to Alert Level 1. alert 2 if case classification or total COVID-19 bed use changes to moderate risk or higher.
Also, part of the amendment is escalating areas below Alert Level 2 to Alert Level 3 if the classification of cases and total use of COVID-19 beds is moderate risk, or if case classification is high to critical risk.
With the implementation of the revised measures, Apayao will be classified as Alert Level 2 from December 3 to 15, Nograles said.. – / mbmf