Despite recently recording over 2 million confirmed Covid19 cases, the country’s worst surge so far, the government has decided to lift the travel ban for 10 select nations.
Beginning September 6, Travelers from the following countries were now allowed entry into the Philippines: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.
The Philippine Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) also recently implemented the travel prerequisite of utilizing the OneHealthPass QR Code which international travelers must secure before boarding their inbound flights.
In line with this, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has approved new classifications and guidelines for “green”, “yellow” and “red” list countries.
Travelers from “green” listed countries must be fully vaccinated and will undergo a shorter quarantine period upon arrival in the country.
“Yellow” listed countries will be monitored during a 10-day quarantine at a designated facility, and another 4-day quarantine at home.
They will also be required to undergo a reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction test (RT-PCR) test on the seventh day of their lockdown.
Lastly, Travelers from “red” countries, classified as high risk for Covid19, will not be allowed entry, except for repatriates who will undergo the guidelines of “yellow” listed countries.
The categorization of countries is based on Covid19 incidence and testing data, while officials are yet to release the yellow and red country listings.
As of September 8, the country has logged a total of 2,134,005 cases of Covid19, with 151,135 active.