MANILA, Jan 31 (Mabuhay) –Health experts have assured the government of the safety of the no-quarantine rule for fully vaccinated travelers arriving to the Philippines, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romula-Puyat said Monday.
“It’s very safe naman daw to do away with quarantine as long as fully vaccinated at may negative RT-PCR [test] for 48 hours,” Puyat said.
The no-quarantine policy for fully vaccinated returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs), whether facility-based or home, will be effective starting February 1, 2022.
Facility-based quarantine will also no longer be made mandatory for fully vaccinated foreign travelers from visa-free countries starting February 10, 2022.
Puyat, however, stressed the importance of self-monitoring and compliance with COVID-19 health protocols.
“Self-monitoring na lang and paalala pa rin na we have to follow minimum health and safety protocols,” she said.
Under the new policy, ROFs and international travelers must present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to departure from the country of origin and must self-monitor for seven days from the date of arrival.
Puyat gave the assurance after Dr. Tony Leachon, a former adviser to the National Task Force Against COVID-19, on Saturday warned that the new policy could trigger superspreader events.
Before implementing the new policy, Leachon said the government should have set aside at least two weeks for an education campaign and other preparations. (MNS)