MANILA, Oct 8 (Mabuhay) — Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque disclosed Friday the updated protocols issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) regarding testing and quarantine protocols for arriving passengers coming from countries in the “green” and “yellow” lists.
At the Laging Handa public briefing, Roque said the following guidelines issued under IATF Resolution No. 142 are effective beginning October 8.
Fully-vaccinated individuals coming from either green or yellow list:
Facility-based quarantine until the release of their negative RT-PCR testing taken on the 5th day;
Home quarantine until their 10th day, with the day of arrival being the 1st day;
BOQ (Bureau of Quarantine) shall ensure strict symptom monitoring while in the facility; and
Foreign nationals shall be required to secure their own pre-booked accommodation of at least six days.
Unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or individuals whose vaccination status cannot be independently verified/confirmed by PH authorities as valid and authentic coming from either green or yellow list:
Facility-based quarantine until the release of their negative RT-PCR testing taken on the 7th day;
Home quarantine until their 14th day, with the day of arrival being the 1st day;
BOQ shall ensure strict symptom monitoring while in the facility;
Foreign nationals shall be required to secure their own pre-booked accommodation of at least eight days.
Roque said the following documents are acceptable for purposes of verification:
For overseas Filipino workers and their spouse, parent/s, and/or children traveling with them: a certification from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in the country of origin;
For Filipinos and foreigners fully vaccinated in the Philippines: either their VaxCertPH digital vaccination certificate or BOQ-issued International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICV);
For non-OFWs and foreigners fully vaccinated abroad: the national digital certificate of the foreign government which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement or BOQ-issued ICV.
Meanwhile, the following protocols for close contacts of probable, suspect, and confirmed COVID-19 cases shall be observed:
Fully vaccinated individuals who are close contacts of probable and confirmed COVID-19 cases may undergo a seven-day quarantine period, provided that the individual remains asymptomatic for the duration of the seven-day period with the first day being the date immediately after the last exposure;
In the event that RT-PCR test needs to be performed on the asymptomatic individual, it may be tested not earlier than the 5th day after the date of the last exposure;
For close contacts who may have been traced beyond the 7th day from last exposure and who have remained asymptomatic, no testing and quarantine shall be required; and
Should the RT-PCR test yield a positive result, or he/she becomes asymptomatic, he/she shall follow the prescribed testing and isolation protocols.
The Philippines has imposed travel restrictions on Bermuda from October 1 to October 15 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Roque had said Bermuda is the only country on the “red list.”
The following countries are on the green list: American Samoa, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Chad, China (mainland), Comoros, Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Hungary, Madagascar, Mali, Federated States of Micronesia, Montserrat, New Zealand, Niger, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Poland, Saba (Special Municipality of the Kingdom of Netherlands), Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Sierra Leone, Sint Eustatius, Taiwan, Algeria, Bhutan, Cook Islands, Eritrea, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Nicaragua, Niue, North Korea, Saint Helena, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tokelau, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, and Yemen.
Meanwhile, the remaining countries are on the yellow list. (MNS)