Palace details guidelines on inbound int’l travel for vaccinated individuals

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Inbound international travelers who were fully vaccinated in the Philippines, regardless of their travel history, and those fully vaccinated from other countries who stayed exclusively in “green” countries or jurisdictions 14 days prior to arrival in the country, will be able to enjoy a shorter quarantine period, effective July 1, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said Tuesday, July 29.

The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) finalized the guidelines on inbound international travel for fully vaccinated individuals in its meeting on Monday, Roque said.

The Department od Health will come out with a list of the green countries or jurisdictions, which are tagged as low risk for COVID-19, he said.

Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two or more weeks after receiving the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or two or more weeks after receiving a single-dose type of vaccine, he said.

The vaccines that were administered to the individual must also be under the Philippine Food and Drug Administration Emergency Use Authorization list or issued with a Compassionate Special Permit, or included in the Emergency Use Listing of the World Health Organization, he added.

To qualify for the shorter quarantine period upon arrival in the country, fully vaccinated individuals must carry with them proof of their vaccination status, Roque said.

The vaccination cards should be verified via a certification issued through the Certificate of Vaccination Record portal of the Department of Information and Communications Technology or by the City Health Officer of the local government unit that administered the full vaccination, he said.

Fully vaccinated individuals outside the Philippines, must also carry with them an official document that can prove their vaccination status, which must be validated by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in their country of origin, or present an International Certificate of Vaccination, whichever is applicable, he added.

The said documents must be presented to a Bureau of Quarantine representative for re-verification in the One-Stop Shop of the Department of Transportation upon arrival in the country, he said.

In terms of testing, RT-PCR test will be done on the fifth day of quarantine, said Roque. He added that if the traveler tested negative, the individual must still complete the seven-day facility quarantine, and if positive for COVID-19, the individual will have to follow the prescribed isolation protocols.

Roque also announced that the IATF has extended the travel restrictions for India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, United Arab Emirates, and Oman until July 15.*

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