Traveling to the Philippines soon? Whether you received the jab in the country or abroad, here are important guidelines to take note of for fully-vaccinated travelers:
Who is fully vaccinated against COVID-19?
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an individual is fully vaccinated for COVID-19:
- Two weeks after receiving the second dose of a 2-dose series vaccine such as Moderna or Pfizer
- Two weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine such as Janssen by Johnson & Johnson
Administered vaccines must be included in the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) List or Compassionate Special Permit (CSP) issued by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration or Emergency Use Listing of the World Health Organization.
How long is the mandatory quarantine?
Quarantine is still mandatory for individuals entering the Philippines. As per IATF-EID Resolution 123-C released on June 28, fully vaccinated individuals who stayed exclusively in “green” countries 14 days before their arrival shall be required to undergo 7-day quarantine upon arrival beginning July 1.
Previously, only travelers who got their vaccines in the Philippines were given a shorter quarantine period of seven days from 14.
List of ‘green countries’
According to the Department of Health, these “green” countries are classified as “low-risk” based on disease incidence rate. Meaning, if you’re coming from any of these countries, you’re only required to undergo 7-day quarantine:
- American Samoa
- Antigua and Barbuda
- The British Virgin Islands
- Burkina Faso
- Cayman Islands
- Cote d’ Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
- Falkland Islands
- French Polynesia
- Hong Kong
- Isle of Man
- Marshall Islands
- New Caledonia
- New Zealand
- Northern Mariana Islands
- Saint Barthelemy
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Pierre and Miquelon
- Sierra Leone
- Sint Eustatius
- South Korea
- Turks and Caicos Islands (UK)
What are the documents you need to prepare?
For travelers vaccinated in the Philippines:
Those fully vaccinated in the Philippines must carry their vaccination card, which should be verified prior to their departure by a certification issued through the Certificate of Vaccination Record Portal of the Department of Information and Communications Technology or the City Health Officer of the local government unit which administered the vaccination.
For travelers vaccinated abroad:
Those fully vaccinated abroad must carry their official documentation of full vaccination validated through the Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLO), or present their International Certificate of Vaccination.
What’s the quarantine process for travelers?
- All fully vaccinated individuals arriving in the Philippines, regardless of history, shall undergo a seven-day facility-based upon arrival, with the date of arrival being the first day.
- Individuals are required to undergo RT-PCR testing on the fifth day of their facility-based quarantine. Travelers who test negative shall continue the seven-day quarantine and those who test positive shall follow prescribed isolation protocols.
- A Quarantine Certificate shall be issued by the BOQ after the completion of the seven-day quarantine.