COVID-19 PUBLIC ADVISORY NO. 61: Entry, Testing, and Quarantine Protocols for Filipino Nationals Arriving from Abroad Effective 10 February 2022

COVID-19 PUBLIC ADVISORY NO. 61: Entry, Testing, and Quarantine Protocols  for Filipino Nationals Arriving from Abroad  Effective 10 February 2022

Entry, Testing, and Quarantine Protocols for Filipino Nationals Arriving from Abroad Effective 10 February 2022

The Philippine Embassy in Oslo advises the public that pursuant to Resolution No. 160-A, Series of 2022, of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) dated 03 February 2022, and in view of the suspension of the classification of countries/territories/jurisdictions as “Green,” “Yellow,” and “Red,” the entry, testing, and quarantine protocols for Filipino nationals arriving from abroad shall, effective 0001H, 10 February 2022 shall be as follows.

NOTE: Norway and Iceland have not yet accepted the VaxCertPH under a reciprocal agreement. Fully-vaccinated Filipinos arriving from Norway and Iceland are advised to secure a World Health Organization International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis.  

A.            Fully Vaccinated Filipino Nationals

1. They shall be required to present a negative Reverse Transcription - Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test taken within forty-eight (48) hours prior to the date and time of departure from the country of origin/first port of embarkation in a continuous travel to the Philippines, excluding lay- overs; provided, that, they have not left the airport premises or have not been admitted into another country during such lay-over.

2. Upon arrival, they shall no longer be required to observe mandatory facility- based quarantine but shall self-monitor for any sign or symptom for seven (7) days with the first day being the date of arrival and shall be required to report to the local government unit of destination upon the manifestation of symptoms, if any.

3. They shall be deemed fully vaccinated only if he/she is fully compliant with the following requisites:

     a. Received the second dose in a 2-dose series or a single dose vaccine more than fourteen (14) days prior to the date and time         of departure from the country of origin/port of embarkation.

     b. The vaccine is included in any of the following:

         (i) Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) List or Compassionate Special Permit (CSP) issued by the Philippine Food and Drug                   Administration; or

         (ii) Emergency Use Listing of the World Health Organization. 

     c. Possesses and presents any of the following proofs of vaccination prior to departing/boarding from the country of origin/port of         embarkation and upon arrival in the country:

          (i) World Health Organization International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis; or

          (ii) VaxCertPH; or

          (iii) National or state digital certificate of the country/foreign government which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal                  arrangement; or

          (iv) Other proofs of vaccination permitted by the IATF.

NOTE: Norway and Iceland have not yet accepted the VaxCertPH under a reciprocal agreement. Fully-vaccinated Filipinos arriving from Norway and Iceland are advised to secure a World Health Organization International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis

4. Filipino nationals who are not compliant with all of the conditions set forth in Section A(1) to (3) above shall be considered as unvaccinated and shall be subject to the entry, testing and quarantine protocols set forth in Section B below.

5. Fully vaccinated Filipino nationals availing of this Section shall not be included in the arrival quota set by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and its One-Stop-Shop (OSS).

B. Unvaccinated, Partially Vaccinated, or Filipino Nationals whose Vaccination Status Cannot be Independently Validated

1. They shall be required to present a negative RT-PCR test taken within forty- eight (48) hours prior to the date and time of departure from the country of origin/first port of embarkation in a continuous travel to the Philippines, excluding lay-overs; provided, that, they have not left the airport premises or have not been admitted into another country during such lay-over.

2. They shall be required to undergo facility-based quarantine until the release of their negative RT-PCR test taken on the fifth (5th) day from date of arrival. After which, they shall be required to undergo home quarantine until their fourteenth (14th) day from date of arrival.

3. The local government units (LGUs) of destination and their respective Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTs) are tasked to monitor those arriving passengers undergoing home quarantine.

C. Unvaccinated Minor Filipino Nationals

1. Filipino nationals below twelve (12) years of age who are not vaccinated for any reason whatsoever shall follow the quarantine protocols of their parent/s or an accompanying adult/guardian traveling with them.

2. Filipino nationals from ages twelve (12) years to seventeen (17) years of age shall follow the classification and procedures based on their vaccination status (i.e. vaccinated or unvaccinated). In case of such unvaccinated minor children, either foreign or Filipino parents should accompany such child or children during their facility-based quarantine.

D. Fully-Recovered Filipino Nationals with Positive RT-PCR Pre-Departure Test Results

1. Filipino nationals who have recovered from COVID-19 but test positive for the 48-hour pre-departure RT-PCR test may nonetheless enter the country, provided, they are able to present the following documents prior to departing/boarding from the country of origin/port of embarkation and upon arrival in the Philippines:

     a. A positive RT-PCR test taken not earlier than ten (10) days but not later than thirty (30) days prior to the date and time of              departure from the country of origin/port of embarkation;

     b. The positive RT-PCR test taken within forty-eight (48) hours prior to the date and time of departure from the country of     origin/first port of embarkation in a continuous travel to the Philippines, excluding lay- overs; provided, that, they have not left the airport premises or have not been admitted into another country during such lay-over; and

     c. A medical certificate issued by a licensed physician stating that the Filipino national certifying that he/she: (i) was an asymptomatic, mild, moderate, severe or critical case of COVID-19, as the case may be; (ii) has completed the mandatory isolation period; (iii) is no longer infectious; and (iv) has been allowed free movement and travel.

2. Upon arrival, the COVID-19 positive Filipino national shall be subject to the following protocols:

     a. If fully vaccinated, they shall no longer be required to observe mandatory facility-based quarantine but shall self-monitor for any sign or symptom for seven (7) days with the first day being the date of arrival and shall be required to report to the LGU of destination upon the manifestation of symptoms, if any.

     b. If unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or vaccination status cannot be independently determined, they shall be required to undergo facility-based quarantine until the release of their negative RT-PCR test taken on the fifth (5th) day. After which, they shall be required to undergo home quarantine until their fourteenth (14th) day, with the date of arrival being the first day.

E. OneHealth Pass Registration

All inbound Filipinos shall register with the One Health Pass prior to arrival in the Philippines.

The Embassy notes that IATF Resolution No. 160-A supersedes the relevant entry, testing, and quarantine protocols for Filipino nationals under IATF Resolution Nos. 158, dated 20 January 2022, and 159 dated 27 January 2022. Other previous IATF resolutions inconsistent with IATF Resolution No. 160-A are deemed modified accordingly. Hence, all previous Advisories of the Embassy on the protocols for Filipino nationals arriving from abroad are superseded by this Advisory. END