MANILA, Philippines — The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) has revised the rules for “green lanes,” which covers fully vaccinated travelers that could enjoy a shorter quarantine period upon arriving in the Philippines, Malacañang said Friday.
Presidential and IATF spokesperson Harry Roque said the revised rules for “green lanes” will apply to fully vaccinated international arriving passengers to the Philippines beginning July 26, 2021, 12:01 A.M. Manila time.
“International arriving passengers to the Philippines, regardless of point of entry, need only to undergo a 7-day facility-based quarantine and RT-PCR testing on the 5th day, with the day of arrival of being the first day,” Roque said in a statement.
However, the Palace officials stressed that these passengers must meet all the following conditions:
- Their port of origin is a Green List country/jurisdiction/territory
- They stayed exclusively in Green List countries/jurisdictions/territories in the last 14 days prior to their arrival in the Philippines
- They are fully vaccinated, whether in the Philippines or abroad
- Their vaccination status can be independently verified/confirmed by Philippine authorities as valid and authentic upon arrival in the country
For those qualified for the Green Lanes, Roque said the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) shall ensure strict symptom monitoring while in the facility for 7 days.
“Even if the RT-PCR test yields a negative result, the individual shall still complete the 7-day facility-based quarantine,” he said.
“If the RT-PCR test is, however, positive, prescribed isolation protocols must be followed,” he added.
Upon completion of such quarantine, Roque said that the BOQ shall issue a Quarantine Certificate, which indicates the individual’s vaccination status. The individual is thereafter enjoined to do self-monitoring for the next 7 days
On the other hand, passengers bound for the Philippines who meet the following conditions shall not be qualified for the Green Lanes:
- Their port of origin is not a Green List country/jurisdiction/territory
- They stayed outside a Green List country/jurisdiction/territory at any time in the last 14 days before their arrival in the Philippines
- They have not been fully vaccinated
- Even if fully vaccinated, their vaccination status cannot be independently verified/confirmed by Philippine authorities as valid or authentic upon their arrival in the country
Roque said these travelers are required to undergo a 10-day facility-based quarantine and a 4-day home quarantine, including an RT-PCR test on the 7th day if any of the following conditions are present.
Meanwhile, all passengers, whether Filipinos or foreigners, merely transiting through a non-Green List country/jurisdiction/territory “shall not be deemed as having come from or having been to the said country/jurisdiction/territory if they stayed in the airport the whole time and were not cleared for entry by immigration authorities.”
The IATF classified Green List countries/jurisdictions/territories as low-risk countries/jurisdictions/territories, upon the recommendation of the Department of Health (DOH).
The DOH based their classification on the following metrics:
- For populations greater than 100,000, the incidence rate (cumulative new cases over the past 28 days per 100,000 population) shall be less than 50;
- For populations less than 100,000, the COVID-19 case counts (cumulative new cases over the past 28 days) shall be less than 50, as prescribed by its Technical Advisory Group
Roque also said that the IATF has approved the documents for purposes of verification/confirmation of vaccination status.
For overseas Filipino workers and their spouses, parent/s, or children traveling with them, they must present a Certification from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in the country of origin.
For Filipinos and foreigners fully vaccinated in the Philippines, they must show either their local government unit hospital-issued Vaccination Cards (in original or hard copy form) or LGU-issued Vaccine Certificate, provided these can be verified/confirmed by border control authorities, or BOQ-issued International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis.
For Filipinos and foreigners fully vaccinated abroad, they must present the vaccination certificate issued by health authorities of their place of vaccination, provided that such certificate can be independently verified/confirmed by Philippine authorities as valid or authentic.