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ADVISORY: Testing and Quarantine Protocols from 03 December 2021

Pursuant to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) Resolution Nos. 144, 148, 148-A, 149-A, 159-A, 152 Series of 2021, arriving passengers are subject to the following modified quarantine and testing protocols upon arrival in the Philippines from 03 December 2021:

  1. For OFWs and their spouse, parent/s, and/or children traveling with them; and non-OFW Filipino nationals vaccinated in PH or abroad (with VaxCertPH digital vaccination certificate or BOQ/WHO-issued International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis [ICVP] or the national/state digital certificate of the foreign government where they were vaccinated, which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement unless otherwise permitted by the IATF)***
    • Filipino nationals with vaccination certificates – in paper or digital form, verifiable online or not, with or without reciprocity agreement, certified or not – will be recognized by the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) at the port of entry.
    • However, the certificate holder is still subject to applicable quarantine protocols for Filipino nationals under current risk classifications of their origin as identified by the IATF.
    • In the case of passengers from Japan, fully-vaccinated Filipino nationals shall submit a negative RT-PCR test conducted within 72 hours prior to departure from the country of origin and shall be required to undergo facility quarantine as follows:
      Day 1 : Arrival/Check-in at quarantine facility
      Day 5 : RT-PCR Testing
      Day 6 : Release of Test Results (may take longer than 1 day)
      Day 7-14 : After release of test results, undergo home quarantine
  2. For foreign nationals vaccinated abroad (with WHO-issued ICV, or the national/state digital certificate of the foreign government which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement unless otherwise permitted by the IATF)***
    • The BOQ is recognizing the International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP), or the WHO-approved Carte Jaune or Yellow Card, issued by Member States signatory to the convention on International Health Regulations.
    • However, the certificate holder is still subject to applicable quarantine protocols under current risk classifications of their origin as identified by the IATF.
    • In the case of passengers from Japan, fully-vaccinated foreign nationals shall submit a negative RT-PCR test conducted within 72 hours prior to departure from the country of origin and shall be required to undergo facility quarantine as follows:
      Day 1 : Arrival/Check-in at quarantine facility
      Day 5 : RT-PCR Testing
      Day 6 : Release of Test Results (may take longer than 1 day)
      Day 7-14 : After release of test results, undergo home quarantine
  3. For individuals who are not fully-vaccinated (or whose vaccination status cannot be independently verified/confirmed by Philippine authorities as valid and authentic)
    • In the case of passengers from Japan, individuals who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or whose vaccination status cannot be independently validated shall submit a negative RT-PCR test conducted within 72 hours prior to departure from the country of origin and shall be required to undergo facility quarantine as follows:
      Day 1 : Arrival/Check-in at quarantine facility
      Day 7 : RT-PCR Testing
      Day 8 : Release of Test Results (may take longer than 1 day)
      Day 9-14 : After release of test results, undergo home quarantine
    • The testing and quarantine protocols of minors shall follow the testing and quarantine protocol of the parent/guardian traveling with them, regardless of the minor’s vaccination status, and country of origin.

For further questions and/or clarification, kindly directly coordinate with the Department of Health (DOH) or the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ)

Department of Health (DOH) Call Center
Department of Health Central Office
Bldg. 9 San Lazaro Compound, Sta. Cruz, Manila
Telephone Number: (02) 8651-7800 local 5003-5005 or (02) 5318-7500
DOH Call Center text: 0918-8888364
Email Address: callcenter@doh.gov.ph  OR  boq.opcen@gmail.com

*** Japanese government-issued COVID19 vaccination certificates are recognized by the Philippine government.
An individual shall be considered as having been fully vaccinated for COVID-19:

  1. More than or equal to 2 weeks after having received the 2nd dose in a 2-dose series; or
  2. More than or equal to 2 weeks after having received a single-dose vaccine.
  3. The vaccines administered to the individual are included in any of the following:
    • Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) List of Compassionate Special Permit (CSP) issued by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration; or
    • Emergency Use Listing of the World Health Organization.

Note:

  1. Country list classifications are reviewed every 15 days. Kindly check the country classification of JAPAN on the date of your travel for the applicable quarantine protocols.
  2. Vaccination Certificates and RT-PCR test results must be in English or accompanied with English translation if issued in a foreign language.

 

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