IATF approves new testing, quarantine rules for non-red list countries

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The Inter-Agency Task Force on Thursday approved new testing and quarantine protocols for international travelers coming from countries outside the red list. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 2) — The Inter-Agency Task Force on Thursday approved new testing and quarantine protocols for international travelers coming from countries outside the red list.

The new protocols will be effective starting Friday. They include requiring fully vaccinated individuals to present negative results of reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests conducted 72 hours before leaving the country of origin.

When they arrive in the Philippines, they will still undergo facility-based quarantine and take another test on the fifth day upon arrival. Even if their result is negative, they will have to continue their quarantine at home until the 14th day.

Previously, countries not on the red list were only encouraged to conduct self-monitoring after receiving a negative swab test result.

As for the unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or whose vaccination status cannot be independently validated, they will also have to present negative RT-PCR test results taken 72 hours before leaving the country of origin.

The same facility-based quarantine protocol applies but they will take their next RT-PCR on the seventh day instead of the fifth. No matter the result, they must undergo home quarantine until the 14th day.

On testing and quarantine of minors, the IATF said the children or adolescents will follow the rules that apply to the guardian accompanying them.

For international travelers who have already arrived and are undergoing quarantine, they shall continue to follow the protocols that were in place when they arrived, the task force added.

The IATF also said government-initiated and non-government repatriation flights and Bayanihan Flights from red list countries may only deplane at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport or Clark International Airport.

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