Metro Manila Shortens Quarantine Time for Fully Vaccinated Travelers

As long as you came from moderate- to low-risk countries.

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(SPOT.ph) Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque on Monday, October 11 clarified that the new rule for shortened quarantine period covers those who started quarantine on October 8. This protocol applies to fully vaccinated travelers arriving to the Philippines from green- and yellow-list countries.

What you should know about shortened quarantine periods for international arrivals:

Resolution No. 142 of the Inter-Agency Task Force, which was approved on October 7, said: "Fully vaccinated individuals coming from either Green or Yellow List countries/territories/jurisdictions, need to undergo facility-based quarantine until the release of their negative RT-PCR testing taken on the fifth day. After which, they shall be required to undergo home quarantine until their 10th day, with the day of arrival being the first day. The Bureau of Quarantine shall ensure strict symptom monitoring while in the facility. Foreign nationals shall be required to secure their own pre-booked accommodation of at least six days."

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"What will happen to those who already started quarantine before October 8? Good news because the IATF issued a resolution making this shortened quarantine period retroactive," he said.

According to Roque, this means that inbound travelers who are already on the sixth day of quarantine right now should already have their RT-PCR test results. "If that test yelds a negative result, you can finish the rest of the quarantine at home," he added.

On the other hand, unvaccinated travelers from green- and yellow-listed countries can have a shorter quarantine period of eight days with an RT-PCR test on the seventh day.

The Philippines adopted the new Red-Yellow-Green system for international arrivals in September. Red means that the origin country has high risk for COVID-19, while Green is the least risky.

Also read: Everything You Need to Know If You're Returning to the Philippines

Here's the updated list from October 1 to 15:

Red List (High Risk)

  • Bermuda

Green List (Low Risk)

  • American Samoa
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cameroon
  • Cayman Islands
  • Chad
  • China (mainland)
  • Comoros
  • Republic of the Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
  • Hungary
  • Madagascar
  • Mali
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Montserrat
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Palau
  • Poland
  • Saba (Special Municipality of the Kingdom of Netherlands)
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Sierra Leone
  • Sint Eustatius
  • Taiwan
  • Algeria
  • Bhutan
  • Cook Islands
  • Eritrea
  • Kiribati
  • Marshall Islands
  • Nauru
  • Nicaragua
  • Niue
  • North Korea
  • Saint Helena
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tuvalu
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Yemen

Yellow List (Moderate Risk)

  • All other countries and territories
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This supersedes the previous rule that hotel quarantine for arrivals from green-listed countries should stay isolated for seven days with an RT-PCR on the fifth day, while arrivals from yellow-listed countries should stay isolated for 10 days with an RT-PCR on the seventh day. Both protocols note that the rest of the 14-day quarantine period can be done at home, which is still in effect with the new guidelines.

UPDATE (October 12): This article has been updated to clarify that the shortened quarantine period at a hotel is for at least six days, as announced by the Inter-Agency Task Force.

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