Green List Leisure Tourists Get “Before December” Green Light
TOURISM stakeholders welcomed the reopening of the Philippines to international travelers from Green List countries, as the government removed new quarantine programs for vaccinated and unvaccinated passengers.
The President of the Philippine Tourism Congress, Jose C. Clemente III, told BusinessMirror: “After almost two years, we are very happy to know that foreign visitors from Green List countries will soon be allowed to enter the Philippines without need a period of quarantine. We hope this is the start of the revival of the tourism industry in the future. “
He added: “We also continue to remind our stakeholders not to let their guard down despite the relaxed conditions. The pandemic is still here and we reiterate our call to continue to adhere to health and safety protocols to ensure we can stay open. “
On Thursday, the Interagency Working Group on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) approved in principle the entry of fully vaccinated tourists from Green List countries / territories / jurisdictions. Guidelines on their arrival are still being finalized by the Special Travel Technical Working Group, with sources saying the target reopening is “before December”. (See “PHL will soon open borders to fully vaxxed tourists from countries on the green list”, in the BusinessMirror, November 19, 2021.)
Shorter quarantine for Balikbayans
The Department of Tourism (DOT), meanwhile, hailed the IATF’s decision to shorten the quarantine period in hotels for fully immunized Filipinos returning overseas, including Filipino workers overseas. sea (OFW) and balikbayans countries in the yellow list, from five days to three days only from Monday 22 November. balikbayans (returning Filipinos) come from the United States and Canada.
According to an IATF decision last Thursday, fully vaccinated balikbayans Yellow List countries with a negative RT-PCR result in pre-departure testing within 72 hours, will only be required to undergo a three-day quarantine at the facilities. Government-accredited medical technicians will test them by RT-PCR on the third day of quarantine. Upon receipt of a negative test, they can immediately leave their hotels, but are instructed to complete the self-monitoring until the 14th day following their arrival.
However, those who have not undergone an RT-PCR test prior to departure will need to self-quarantine at an accredited hotel and undergo an RT-PCR test on the fifth day. They can leave their hotel as soon as they receive a negative test result, but monitor themselves during the home quarantine until the 10th day after arrival.
Unvaccinated arrivals should be quarantined in a hotel, with RT-PCR testing performed on day seven, followed by home quarantine until day 14 after a negative test result is released.
“This latest development will contribute greatly to the ongoing recovery of the tourism sector this holiday season while providing more time for those who wish to return home to be with their loved ones in the Philippines,” Tourism Secretary Romulo Puyat said. .
No quarantine for vaxxed greenlisters
Also as of Monday, in accordance with IATF Resolution 149-A issued on November 18, 2021, fully vaccinated Filipinos and foreigners from Green List countries with a negative RT-PCR result of a test performed 72 hours before departure, will no longer need quarantine on arrival.
“For unvaccinated, partially vaccinated individuals whose immunization status cannot be independently validated, and those who have been vaccinated but have not met the pre-travel testing requirements above, [they are required to undergo] quarantine in an establishment until publication of a negative RT-PCR test carried out on the fifth day and self-monitoring until the 14th day of arrival, the date of arrival being the first day ”, according to the said resolution of the IATF.
Foreigners in this case are diplomats; businessmen and investors approved by relevant national government agencies; foreign sailors rotating ships; holders of special non-immigrant visas, special retirement visas and investors; and other foreign nationals authorized to enter by IATF and relevant Philippine immigration laws.
Those from Red List countries are prohibited from entering, with the exception of Filipinos in emergency repatriation. The latter will have to quarantine himself in a hotel for 10 days, with tests carried out on the seventh day of his arrival.