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Philippines Eases Capital’s Curbs, Allows Quarantine-Free Entry

(Bloomberg) -- The Philippines will ease movement restrictions in the capital from Oct. 16, allowing businesses to further reopen as coronavirus infections ebbed in the past days.

Metro Manila, which accounts for a third of the nation’s economic output, will shift to a looser Alert Level 3 from Oct. 16 to 31, presidential spokesman Harry Roque said in a statement. Most businesses are allowed to operate at full capacity, while casinos, spas and indoor tourist attractions can reopen at 30% capacity, based on earlier government guidelines. More cities and provinces outside the capital were also placed under the looser form of quarantine.

Fully-vaccinated passengers from overseas will also no longer be required to undergo facility-based quarantine, and will only be asked a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours prior to departure.

The Philippines, which fell to last place in Bloomberg’s Covid Resilience Ranking late last month, has seen infections drop to below 9,000 in the past days, hitting a two-month low. Travel rules for locals have been eased, as the economy struggles to recover from the pandemic.

The Southeast Asian nation has opened vaccinations to all adults, and will begin inoculating minors this week, as it tries to keep up with its neighbors on vaccine rollout. Nearly 22% of the population is fully vaccinated.

https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/philippines-eases-capital-s-curbs-allows-quarantine-free-entry-1.1665569

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More detail from the Inquirer...

The new policy begins tomorrow but you'll need to be coming from a "green list" country.

06:28 PM October 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Starting October 14, facility-based quarantine will no longer be required for fully vaccinated inbound Filipino and foreign travelers from “green lanes” as long as they present their negative COVID-19 test, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque announced Wednesday.

According to Roque, who also serves as the spokesperson of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases, the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test of arriving travelers should be taken within 72 hours before leaving the country of origin.

“Upon arrival, no facility-based quarantine will be required but the passenger is enjoined to self-monitor for any symptoms until the 14th day,” he said in a statement.

Roque, however, said fully vaccinated Filipino travelers still have the option to avail facility-based quarantine until the release of a negative RT-PCR test which would be taken in the quarantine facility upon their arrival.

On the other hand, the Palace official said, unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or individuals whose inoculation status cannot be independently verified, as well as immunized individuals who fail to comply with the test-before-travel requirements, should undergo a facility-based quarantine until their RT-PCR test, taken on the fifth day of their quarantine, yields a negative result.

As for foreign nationals, they should secure hotel reservations for at least six days for their quarantine, Roque also said.

Meanwhile, unvaccinated or partially inoculated minors traveling with their fully immunized parents or guardians “shall be required to observe the quarantine protocols corresponding to their vaccination status.” The child will be accompanied by his/her parent or guardian.

For validation of vaccination status, travelers may present either their VaxCertPH digital certificate, Bureau of Quarantine- or World Health Organization-issued international certificate of vaccination or prophylaxis, or the national digital certificate of the foreign government where they were vaccinated.

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1501463/fully-vaxxed-travelers-to-ph-will-no-longer-undergo-facility-based-quarantine-govt

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Dafey

Next they need to open up to tourists

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SkyMan
1 hour ago, Dafey said:

Next they need to open up to tourists

I'm ok if they don't. 

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jaybee747
6 hours ago, BossHog said:

(Bloomberg) -- The Philippines will ease movement restrictions in the capital from Oct. 16, allowing businesses to further reopen as coronavirus infections ebbed in the past days.

So last year when the average daily covid death in the PH was in the low teens, I was not able go out of my cebu condo without a quarantine pass or go to the supermarket without passing a military checkpoint, but now when the average daily covid death is over one HUNDRED it is ok to open up? :rofl: 

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37 minutes ago, jaybee747 said:

So last year when the average daily covid death in the PH was in the low teens, I was not able go out of my cebu condo without a quarantine pass or go to the supermarket without passing a military checkpoint, but now when the average daily covid death is over one HUNDRED it is ok to open up? :rofl: 

Also because they've ebbed in the past days? 

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In case anyone's wondering, here's the updated list released today of the "green countries"

The only country on the "red list" is Romania. Every other place falls in the ":yellow" category. 

I'll refrain from commenting upon China's inclusion on the Green List.

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Further reading: https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1156740

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crazygolfer
10 hours ago, BossHog said:

In case anyone's wondering, here's the updated list released today of the "green countries"

The only country on the "red list" is Romania. Every other place falls in the ":yellow" category. 

I'll refrain from commenting upon China's inclusion on the Green List.

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Further reading: https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1156740

That's nuts. Must be some political issue. You don't let filipinos in to your country, we don't let you in to the Philippines....

I guess there's many tourists coming from North-Korea ... :biggrin_01:

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I am confused are tourists now allowed back into the Philippines? If they are and from “safe” countries they do not need to quarantine. Why is Australia not on the safe list?

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1 hour ago, hydro said:

I am confused are tourists now allowed back into the Philippines?

Still no. I would think people would get tired of asking this 

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fivestarph

According to this an updated list. Not sure if different to BossHog's?

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Last week it was Bermuda being the only red-listed country, and now it's Romania's turn.

Should we make a forum pool on who gets singled out for the arbitrary stink-eye when they re-do the  list on October 31st?

Eswatini? Timor-Leste?

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20 hours ago, SkyMan said:
22 hours ago, hydro said:

I am confused are tourists now allowed back into the Philippines?

Still no. I would think people would get tired of asking this 

And yet foreigners seem to still be rocking up in Manila with no visas at all and expecting entry!

06 October 2021

PRESS RELEASE

“Until now we have been getting reports of aliens being turned back at our airports because they don’t have visas at all,” he said.

He lamented that exclusions of improperly documented aliens at the airports continue despite the bureau’s repeated reminders and public advisories on the need to have a visa via its website, the social media sites and the press.

Morente again reminded airlines that it is also their responsibility to see to it that foreigners who booked their flights to the Philippines have valid visas.

The BI Chief issued the statement upon learning that three foreigners were recently turned back by immigration officers at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) for failure to present valid entry visas.

Two of the passengers, an Australian and a German, were excluded on Tuesday after arriving from Singapore while the other one, an American, arrived last Saturday from Los Angeles, USA.

They all claimed during interview they were unaware that they needed to get visas before coming here.

Two of them said they are married to Filipinos who were not traveling with them while the other one said he was going to visit his Filipina fiancée.

“Airlines are subjected to administrative fines if they board improperly documented foreign nationals,” said Morente. “Hence we wish to reiterate the importance of proper documentation to avoid such incidents,”

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Does the following mean new arrivals are free to roam around or are they required to self monitor at their residence for 14 days?

"The following shall be the testing and quarantine protocols for fully vaccinated individuals: 1. For foreign nationals - a negative Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test shall be required to be taken within seventy-two hours (72 hrs) prior to departure from the country of origin. Upon arrival, no facility-based quarantine will be further required but the passenger is enjoined to self-monitor for any symptoms until the fourteenth (14th) day with the first day being the date of arrival."

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Dafey
10 minutes ago, fivestarph said:

the passenger is enjoined to self-monitor for any symptoms until the fourteenth (14th) day

 

11 minutes ago, fivestarph said:

Does the following mean new arrivals are free to roam around

Yes...but if you sneeze you are to immediately quarantine for 14 days

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