The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) has released Resolution No. 154-B, which updates the list of green and red countries, and Resolution No. 154-C, which updates the entry requirements and the quarantine period for incoming passengers to the Philippines.

    Who will be affected?

    Arriving Passengers at any of Philippines International ports.

    Background

    The Philippine Government continues to strengthen its border control by streamlining the testing and quarantine protocols for international arriving passengers in all ports of entry in the Philippines. They continue to implement proactive measures and restrictions to slow down the surge in COVID-19 cases, and to stop further spread of any variants.

    Impact and Assessment

    Green List Countries

    BangladeshBeninBhutan
    British Virgin IslandsChadPeople’s Republic of China
    ComorosCote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)Democratic Republic of Congo
    DjiboutiEquatorial GuineaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)
    The GambiaGhanaGuinea
    Hong Kong (Chinese Special Administrative Region)IndonesiaJapan
    KenyaKosovoKuwait
    KrygyztanLiberiaMontserrat
    MoroccoOmanPakistan
    ParaguayRwandaSaba (Special Municipality of The Kingdom of the Netherlands)
    Saint BarthelemySaint Pierre and MiquelonSenegal
    Sierra LeoneSaint EustatiusSudan
    TaiwanTimor-Leste (East Timor)Togo
    UgandaUnited Arab Emirates

    Fully Vaccinated Individuals

    • A negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure from country of origin;
    • Three (3) days facility based quarantine facility until the release of negative RT-PCR test taken on the 7th day ;
    • Seven (7) days at home quarantine and self-monitoring (date of arrival being the first day).
    Notes:

    • Foreign nationals shall be required to secure their own pre-booked accommodation for at least four (4) days;

    Unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or individuals whose vaccination status cannot be independently verified

    • A negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure from country of origin;
    • Seven (7) days facility based quarantine facility until the release of negative RT-PCR test taken on the 7th day ;
    • Seven (7) days at home quarantine and self-monitoring (date of arrival being the first day).
    Notes:

    ·        Foreign nationals shall be required to secure their own pre-booked accommodation for at least eight (8) days;

    Other information

    • All passengers, whether Filipinos or foreigners, merely transiting through a non-Green List country/jurisdiction/territory shall not be deemed as having come from or having been to said country/jurisdiction/territory if they stayed in the airport the whole time and were not cleared for entry into such country/jurisdiction/territory by its immigration authorities.
    • The Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) shall ensure strict symptom monitoring while in the facility quarantine. If found positive, he/she shall follow the prescribed isolation protocols. Upon completion of such quarantine, the BOQ shall issue a Quarantine Certificate indicating therein the individual’s vaccination status.
    • The Department of Transportation shall ensure that airlines board only passengers who comply with the negative RT-PCR test-before-travel requirement. This notwithstanding, children three (3) years old and below, regardless of country of origin, shall be exempt from the requirement of presenting a negative RT-PCR test result before boarding the flight, unless symptomatic.
    • 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

     

    Yellow List Countries

    Yellow list countries/territories/jurisdictions not otherwise listed as Green or Red.

    Fully Vaccinated Individuals

    • A negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure from country of origin;
    • Five (5) facility-based quarantine until the release of negative RT-PCR test taken on the 5th day;
    • Nine (9) day home quarantine and self-monitoring (date of arrival being the first day).
    Note: Foreign nationals shall be required to secure their own pre-booked accommodation for at least six (6) days;

    Unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or individuals whose vaccination status cannot be independently verified

    • A negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure from country of origin;
    • Seven (7) facility-based quarantine until the release of negative RT-PCR test taken on the 5th day;
    • Seven (7) day home quarantine and self-monitoring (date of arrival being the first day).
    Note: Foreign nationals shall be required to secure their own pre-booked accommodation for at least eight (8) days;

    Other information

    • The Bureau of Quarantine shall ensure strict symptom monitoring while in the facility quarantine. If found positive, he/she shall follow the prescribed isolation protocols. Upon completion of such quarantine, the BOQ shall issue a Quarantine Certificate indicating therein the individual’s vaccination status.
    • The Department of Transportation shall ensure that airlines board only passengers who comply with the negative RT-PCR test-before-travel requirement. This notwithstanding, children three (3) years old and below, regardless of country of origin, shall be exempt from the requirement of presenting a negative RT-PCR test result before boarding the flight, unless symptomatic.
    • 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

     

    Red List Countries

    AndorraFranceMonaco
    Northern Mariana IslandsReunionSan Marino
    South AfricaSwitzerland
    Foreign NationalsAll persons, regardless of vaccination status, coming from or who have been to “Red List” countries/jurisdictions/territories within the last fourteen (14) days prior to arrival to any port of the Philippines shall not be allowed.
    Philippine Nationals Filipinos returning to the country via government-initiated repatriation, non-government-initiated repatriation, and Bayanihan Flights are allowed to enter.

    Fully Vaccinated Individuals

    • A negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure from country of origin;
    • Seven (7) facility-based quarantine until the release of negative RT-PCR test taken on the 7th day;
    • Seven (7) day home quarantine and self-monitoring (date of arrival being the first day).
    Note: Foreign nationals shall be required to secure their own pre-booked accommodation for at least six (8) days;

    Unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or individuals whose vaccination status cannot be independently verified

    • A negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure from country of origin;
    • Ten (10) facility-based quarantine until the release of negative RT-PCR test taken on the 7th day;
    • Four (4) day home quarantine and self-monitoring (date of arrival being the first day).
    Note: Foreign nationals shall be required to secure their own pre-booked accommodation for at least eleven (11) days;

    Other information

    • The Bureau of Quarantine shall ensure strict symptom monitoring while in the facility quarantine. If found positive, he/she shall follow the prescribed isolation protocols. Upon completion of such quarantine, the BOQ shall issue a Quarantine Certificate indicating therein the individual’s vaccination status.
    • 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. This notwithstanding, children three (3) years old and below, regardless of country of origin, shall be exempt from the requirement of presenting a negative RT-PCR test result before boarding the flight, unless symptomatic.
    Implementation

    Effective from 16 December 2021 until 31 December 2021.

    Santa Fe Analysis

    We are monitoring any new updates closely and will provide additional information once available.
    Should you have any questions, please contact the following or your respective case consultants.

    Joanna Caraig
    Immigration Manager
    Santa Fe Relocation
    Tel.: +63 917 848 6830
    Email: Joanna.Caraig@santaferelo.com

    Robert Day
    Group Head of Immigration Operations
    Santa Fe Relocation
    D: +44 7990 021125
    Email: Robert.Day@santaferelo.com


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