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PH Now Allows Entry of Travelers from Red List Areas

PH – The Philippines opened its border to foreign travelers from the “Red List” areas amid the fight against the pandemic.

For a few weeks, the Philippines has kept its border close to travelers from areas belonging to the “Red List” or those with high cases of COVID-19. The country intensified its fight against the pandemic following the detection of the Omicron variant that was first logged in South Africa.

Several other nations also implemented travel restrictions. However, the Omicron variant spread fast and caused a spike in the cases in several countries.

PH maintained its border closed top travelers from the Red List areas for weeks as part of the fight against the spread of the virus. Only those overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who were going home through the repatriation flights were allowed entry.

Recently, the PH government lifted the ban on travelers from the Red List countries or those with high COVID-19 cases.

PH Airport
Photo lifted from The Straits Times

Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles confirmed that all inbound international travelers from the Red List areas and those with a travel history to these areas within the last 14 days prior to their arrival in the country will be allowed.

Nograles further said that all travelers from the Red, Green, and Yellow list areas are all required to present a negative RT-PCR test taken 48 hours prior to their departure from the country where they came from. Travelers from the Red List areas who are fully vaccinated will be required to stay in a facility-based quarantine until their RT PCR testing on the 7th day. If they will yield negative results, they can continue their quarantine at home until the 14th day.

With regards to the unvaccinated and partially-vaccinated travelers, they will be required to undergo a 10-day facility-based quarantine with an RT-PCR test on the 7th day. They can continue their 10th to 14th quarantine days at home if they would test negative for the virus.

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