Philippines lifts quarantine for fully vaccinated international travellers

MANILA, Oct. 15 (Xinhua): The Philippines has lifted the quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated travellers arriving from China and over 40 other countries and regions with low number of Covid-19 infections, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said on Friday.

Roque said the new rule applying to travelers from China and other countries and regions included in a green list will take effect from Saturday until Oct. 31.

For fully vaccinated foreign nationals, Roque said a negative RT-PCR swab test will be required to be taken within 72 hours before departure. Upon arrival, the traveler is no longer needed to stay in a quarantine facility, but the passenger is urged to self-monitor for any symptoms until the 14th day, he said.

For unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, and individuals whose vaccination status cannot be independently verified, and those vaccinated but failed to comply with the test-before-travel requirements, Roque said they need to be isolated in a quarantine facility until the release of a negative RT-PCR test taken on the 5th day.

Foreign tourists are still barred from entering the Philippines as part of the border measures when the government imposed lockdown restrictions in March 2020. Only those foreigners granted special visas, including diplomats, are allowed to enter.

Meanwhile, the Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) reported 7,835 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 on Thursday (Oct 14), bringing the total tally to 2,698,232.

The DOH also reported 154 more deaths from the pandemic in the South-East Asian country, bringing the overall coronavirus-related death toll to 40,221.

The Philippines, with a population of around 110 million, has tested more than 20.5 million people for the coronavirus infection since the outbreak in January 2020

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