MALACAÑANG on Monday announced that the new testing and quarantine protocols for passengers from countries, territories and jurisdictions designated as Covid-19 low-risk areas will apply to travelers already quarantined before the new guidelines took effect last October 8.
The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases last week issued a resolution shortening the number of quarantine days for individuals fully vaccinated against the coronavirus disease.
"Kung kayo ay nasa pang-anim nang araw sa quarantine facility, magpa-RT-PCR na po kayo. Kasi kung negative 'yan, pupuwede na po kayong mag-home quarantine (If you are already on your sixth day at a quarantine facility, have your RT-PCR test. If it's negative, you may already undergo home quarantine)," Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said in a press briefing.
The task force earlier ruled that fully vaccinated international travelers from "green" or "yellow" areas must undergo facility-based quarantine until the release of the negative result of their reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests taken on the fifth day from their arrival.
Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers, as well as those whose vaccination status are unverified, must undergo quarantine, also at a government-approved facility, until the release of the negative result of their RT-PCR test taken on their seventh day in the country.
The previous guidelines required travelers arriving from yellow countries to undergo 14 days of quarantine upon their arrival and take the RT-PCR test on their seventh day in the country.
Travelers from green countries need to take an RT-PCR test on their fifth day in the country and complete the seven-day quarantine at a government-approved facility.
The Bureau of Quarantine, under the revised protocols, will ensure strict symptom monitoring of international passengers from yellow and green countries in isolation facilities, according to Roque.
Fully vaccinated non-overseas Filipino workers and authorized foreign nationals must book their flight at least six days before departure while unvaccinated, partially vaccinated travelers or with unverified vaccination status have to spend eight days in a quarantine facility.
Documents needed to confirm the vaccination status of a traveler include a certification from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in the country of origin for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their spouses, parents and/or children traveling with them.
Filipinos or foreigners fully vaccinated in the Philippines must present a VaxCertPH digital vaccination certificate or the BOQ-issued International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICV).
Non-OFWs and foreigners fully vaccinated abroad must present the national digital certificate of the foreign government, which accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement or a BOQ-issued ICV.