MANILA, Dec 8 (Mabuhay) — The Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) will follow the government’s COVID-19 task force’s decision on the proposal to reinstate the three-day facility-based quarantine for returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs).

“Kung ano po ang ibaba ng DOH (Department of Health), ng IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases), kami po ay sumasang-ayon po dahil po ito ay pinag-aralan po ng mga eksperto natin po,” BOQ deputy director Roberto Salvador Jr. said at the Laging Handa briefing on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the DOH would look into the proposal of reverting the facility-based quarantine period to three days for ROFs who test negative for COVID-19.

Duque, however, stressed that it is better to wait for more information about the Omicron variant of the coronavirus as early evidence suggests it is more transmissible than other variants.

The IATF recently revised the testing and quarantine protocols for passengers traveling from countries that are not on the red list.

Under the guidelines, which took effect on December 3, fully vaccinated travelers will be required to have a negative RT-PCR test conducted within 72 hours prior to departure from the country of origin.

The fully vaccinated travelers will undergo facility-based quarantine with an RT-PCR test taken on the fifth day, with the date of arrival being the first day.

Regardless of a negative result, they shall be required to undergo home quarantine up to the 14th day from the date of arrival. (MNS)

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