“ALL FOREIGNERS ENTERING PH MUST BE FULLY-VACCINATED”

Foreigners with Tourist Visas Still Not Allowed.

“Beginning Feb. 16, 2022, proof of full vaccination shall be made a requirement for entry of all foreign nationals allowed to enter the Philippines,” Acting Presidential Spokesman Secretary Karlo Nograles announced on Friday, January 14, 2022.

The following are exempted from the full-vaccination rule:

-children below 18 years old

-people medically unable to receive the vaccine, as certified by a competent public health authority in the country or port of origin

-foreign diplomats and their qualified dependents or 9(e) visa holders

In addition,travelers must obtain a COVID-19 swab test 48 hours before leaving for the Philippines. Previously, there was a 72-hour test requirement. Honored still until January 19 will be results of RT-PCR tests taken 72 hours before departure

The only foreigners currently allowed to enter the country are diplomats, and those with special business or permanent resident visas.

Foreigners with Tourist Visas are Still Not Allowed.

Moreover, the Philippines has abolished the “Red List” countries ban. Banned previously were travelers from “Red List” countries which had high levels of COVID-19 transmissions.

The “Red, “Yellow,” and “Green” country classifications still remains. Length of quarantine periods and timing of testing, however, now have different rules.

The New Rules:

Red List countries, Yellow List countries

Fully-vaccinated:

  • Negative result from RT-PCR test taken 48 hours before departure.
  • Quarantine upon arrival, and take RT-PCR test on 7th day (arrival day counts as day one.)
  • Release from quarantine facility once negative test result is received, home quarantine until day 14.

Countries under Red List from January 16 to 31:

Antigua

Aruba

Barbuda

Canada

Curacao

French Guiana

Iceland

Malta

Mayotte

Mozambique

Puerto Rico

Saudi Arabia

Somalia.

Spain

U.S. Virgin Islands

Yellow List countries, same rules as Red List except home quarantine is only 7 days.

Countries in Yellow List: All countries not in Red or Green Lists

Green List countries

Fully-vaccinated:

  • Negative result from RT-PCR test taken 48 hours before departure.
  • No more facility-based quarantine required but must self-monitor for symptoms for 7 days.

Countries in Green List from January 16 to 31:

Bangladesh

Benin

Bhutan

British Virgin Islands

China

Cote d’Ivoire

Djibouti, Gambia

Equatorial Guinea

Falkland Islands

Ghana

Guinea

Hong Kong

India

Indonesia

Japan

Kosovo

Kyrgyzstan

Montserrat

Morocco

Niger

Oman

Pakistan

Paraguay

Saba (Special Municipality of the Kingdom of the Netherlands)

Saint Barthelemy

Senegal

Sierra Leone

Sint Eustatius

Taiwan

Timor-Leste

Uganda

With reporting from Rappler.com and the Philippine News Agency

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