MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced Thursday (December 16) that it would be implementing the updated policy on the country’s green, yellow, and red lists.
In an advisory, BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said that as approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), 41 countries have been included in the Philippines’ green list.
Included in the green list are: Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, British Virgin Islands, Chad, People’s Republic of China, Comoros Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Hong Kong (Chinese Special Administrative Region), Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Montserrat, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Rwanda, Saba (Special Municipality of The Kingdom of the Netherlands), Saint Barthelemy, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sint Eustatius, Sudan, Taiwan, Timor-Leste (East Timor), Togo, Uganda, and the United Arab Emirates.
On the other hand, those in the red list are Andorra, France, Monaco, Northern Mariana Islands, Réunion, San Marino, South Africa, and Switzerland.
Countries not mentioned are automatically included in the yellow list.
Morente also said that following the set travel restrictions, those coming from the red list countries, or with a travel history there 14 days prior to arrival to the Philippines, may not be allowed entry.
Only Filipinos in the said red list countries who will be among the government or non-government-initiated repatriation flights or Bayanihan flights may enter.
Meanwhile, general travel policy applies to those coming from green and yellow list countries, Morente clarified.
“Only Filipinos, balikbayan, and those with long-term visas may enter the country, subject to quarantine policies for each list, as implemented by the Bureau of Quarantine,” he added.