MANILA, Dec 6 (Mabuhay) — Over 817,000 overseas Filipino workers have returned home since the Philippines imposed quarantine guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Administrator Hans Cacdac said Sunday.

“Tayo ay nagtala ng 817,000 na nanumbalik mula sa ibang bansa simula nung inutos ni Pangulong Duterte na gawing komportable at ligtas ang paguwi ng ating mga mahal na OFW,” said Cacdac.

Asked if outbound OFWs would get booster shots, Cacdac said this was ongoing.

The national government had released new guidelines for testing and quarantine protocols for travelers arriving from non-red list countries.

Under the new guidelines, fully vaccinated travelers will be required to have a negative RT-PCR test conducted within 72 hours before departure from the country of origin.

For fully vaccinated travelers, they would undergo a facility-based quarantine with an RT-PCR test taken on the 5th day, with the date of arrival being the first day.

Regardless of a negative result, they shall be required to undergo home quarantine for 14 days from the date of arrival.

Currently, the Philippines placed 14th among red list countries or areas at high risk for COVID-19. (MNS)

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