The Philippines has imposed a travel restriction on Faroe Islands and the Netherlands effective starting November 16 until November 21.
This comes after the aforementioned countries have been tagged under the “red” list or classified as high risk for COVID-19, said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque last Friday.
Under the government guidelines, passengers coming from or who have been on red-listed countries within 14 days prior to arrival in the Philippines are prohibited from entering the country.
However, Filipinos who will arrive via government-initiated repatriation, non-government-initiated repatriation, and Bayanihan Flights are exempted from the travel restriction, subject to testing and quarantine protocols.
Meanwhile, the pandemic task force also added some countries which are considered low-risk for COVID-19 on its “green” list. These are the following territories:
- American Samoa
- China (Mainland)
- Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
- Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
- Federated States of Micronesia
- Hong Kong
- Marshall Islands
- Northern Mariana Islands
- Saint Barthelemy
- Saint Pierre and Miquelon
- Saudi Arabia
- Sierra Leone
- Sint Eustatius
- South Africa
- United Arab Emirates
Fully vaccinated travelers from green-listed countries are no longer required to undergo facility-based quarantine but still need to present negative swab test results.
For the unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers from green-listed countries, they are required to undergo facility-based quarantine until the release of a negative RT-PCR test taken on the fifth day.
Other countries not mentioned have been placed on the yellow list as these areas are deemed moderate risk for COVID-19.
Fully vaccinated travelers from yellow-listed countries are required to undergo facility-based quarantine until the release of a negative swab test taken on the fifth day, and to be followed by home quarantine until their tenth day.
On the other hand, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers from yellow-listed countries need to complete facility-based quarantine and take a swab test on their seventh day. Once they get a negative swab test result, they will be released but shall continue home isolation until their 14th day.
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