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IATF Issues New Guidelines For Arriving International Passengers

Stay updated on travel guidelines for the new normal.

With many countries slowly easing travel restrictions and re-opening their borders gradually, the travel industry is now preparing for an increased number of flights and passengers. This includes the Philippines which recently released new guidelines for arriving passengers from international destinations.

The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) issued updated guidelines on testing and quarantine protocols for international travellers, effective November 22. These guidelines cover international passengers arriving from “green” and “yellow” countries and states. (Read: WATCH: DOT Gives Tips for Safe Travels in Breathtaking Video Ad)

Here are the updated guidelines, as announced by acting Presidential Spokesperson Karlo Nograles.

  • Fully vaccinated passengers from “yellow” countries and states will be required to present a negative RT-PCR test that was conducted 72 hours (3 days) prior to their departure from their country of origin.
  • Upon arrival, individuals from “yellow” countries and states will be subject to a 3-day facility based quarantine. On the third day, they will once again take an RT-PCR test. The date of arrival shall be considered the first day of quarantine.
  • Fully vaccinated Filipinos from “green” countries and states who fail to take an RT-PCR test 72 hours prior to their trip will be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine in a facility.
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  • Individuals on 14-day quarantines will only be allowed to leave the facility after a negative RT-PCR test result. (Read: ‘More Fun Awaits’ Travellers To PH Destinations- DOT)
  • Fully vaccinated Filipinos who are able to present RT-PCR test results taken 72 hours prior to their arrival will no longer be required to quarantine or take another swab test.
  • Fully vaccinated foreigners from “green” countries and states will also only need to provide a negative RT-PCR test result from 72 hours prior. By presenting the result, they will not need to quarantine or take an extra RT-PCR test upon arrival.

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