News Philippines removes mandatory swab testing in local travel destination

Philippines removes mandatory swab testing in local travel destination


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Authorities in the Philippines have recently removed the mandatory RT-PCR test for local travelers whether they’re re-entering their destination by land, air, and/or seaports as agreed by the Department of Interior and Local Government in coordination with LGU groups. 

Previously, LGUs had different requirements for incoming travelers, including negative swab results, mandatory quarantine, and travel and health certificates. 

Under the new resolution, local travelers have still to undergo Covid-19 testing only if they’re required by the LGU of their destination–the provincial government, and authorities of highly urbanized cities and independent cities. 

They will only be subjected to quarantine if they show symptoms upon arriving at their destination. According to the resolution, they are also no longer required to secure a travel authority from the police’s Joint Rask Force Covid Shield. 

“Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APORs) from national government agencies and their attached agencies must provide their identification card, travel order, and travel itinerary, and must pass symptom-screening at ports of entry and exits,” the resolution read. 

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