MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government has updated its protocols for inbound travelers from “green lanes” who have completed their COVID-19 vaccination, Malacañang said.
In a statement on Wednesday, President Spokesperson Harry Roque said that effective October 14, fully vaccinated foreign nationals will be required to present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to their departure from the country of origin.
“Upon arrival, no facility-based quarantine will be required but the passenger is enjoined to self-monitor for any symptoms until the 14th day,” he added.
For fully vaccinated Filipinos, Roque said they can choose among the following options:
- Facility-based quarantine until the release of a negative RT-PCR test taken in the quarantine facility upon arrival
- No facility-based quarantine after getting a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours prior to departure from the country of origin but the passenger is enjoined to self-monitor for any symptoms until the 14th day
For the unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or individuals whose vaccination status cannot be independently verified, and those vaccinated but failed to comply with the test-before-travel requirements, they shall undergo a facility-based quarantine until the release of a negative RT-PCR test taken on the 5th day, Roque said.
In the case of foreign nationals, they shall be required to secure hotel reservations for at least 6 days, he added.
Meanwhile, Roque said that unvaccinated or partially vaccinated minor children traveling with their fully vaccinated parent/s or guardians shall be required to observe the quarantine protocols corresponding to their vaccination status.
He added that a parent/guardian shall accompany the child in the quarantine facility for the full term of the latter’s facility-based quarantine period.
For the validation of vaccination status, travelers vaccinated in the country and abroad, and foreigners vaccinated in the Philippines can present either their VaxCertPH digital certificate, Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) / World Health Organization (WHO)-issued International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICV), or the national digital certificate of the foreign government where they were vaccinated.
“In the case of foreigners vaccinated abroad, they can present WHO-issued ICV, or the national digital certificate of the foreign government, which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal agreement,” Roque said.