Malacañang has announced today that the arriving travelers who have completed two doses of the COVID-19 vaccines need not to stay long inside the government-designated quarantine facilities.
In a statement, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that quarantine period for travelers with full jabs has been trimmed to just seven days from the usual 14-day quarantine period.
Roque explained that an individual is considered fully vaccinated if he or she will come to the Philippines two or more weeks after receiving the second dose in a two-dose series, or two or more weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine.
He also said a fully vaccinated individual must carry his or her vaccination card verified prior to departure. This must then be presented to a Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) representative for re-verification at the Department of Transportation (DOTr) One-Stop Shop upon arrival in the Philippines.
“All inbound fully vaccinated individuals shall be required to undergo a seven-day facility-based quarantine upon arrival. The BOQ shall ensure strict symptom monitoring while in the quarantine facility for 7 days,” Roque said.
After completing the seven-day facility-based quarantine, the BOQ will issue a Quarantine Certificate indicating the individual’s vaccination status.
Interestingly, an RT-PCR test on an inbound traveler to the Philippines who is fully vaccinated may still be done if the individual shows COVID-19 symptoms while under the shortened quarantine period.
In addition, the IATF directed the Department of Health (DOH), the Department of Finance, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Foreign Affairs and the National Economic and Development Authority to provide recommendations to further relax testing and quarantine protocols for certain travelers.
Prior to this revised protocol, all inbound travelers to the Philippines – fully vaccinated or not – are required to go under quarantine for 14 days, with the RT-PCR test for COVID-19 being done on the seventh day.
RT-PCR results are usually issued after one to two days after the test was done. If the individual tests negative, he or she will finish the 14-quarantine at home.