PH: Inbound passengers now mandated to get negative PCR...

PH: Inbound passengers now mandated to get negative PCR result 48 hours before departure


The Philippines has revised and updated its quarantine and testing rules for people entering the country. 

Under the new rules, travelers are now required to get a Covid-19 swab test 48 hours before their departure for the Philippines, instead of the previous 72-hour test requirement. 

Acting Presidential Spokesman and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said that results of RT-PCR tests taken 72 hours before departure will still be honored until January 19. 

The Philippines has also removed the travel ban on any country. 

Previously, countries under ‘Red’ list are barred from entering the country. 

However, in the new and updated rules, countries under ‘Red’ list can now enter the Philippines provided that passengers abide by the stricter quarantine and testing protocols. 

Meanwhile, in the new resolution issued by the Philippine authorities today, January 14, the UAE has been removed from the ‘Green’ list countries. Currently, UAE is part of the Philippines’ ‘Yellow’ list. 

Fully vaccinated travelers must produce a negative result from RT-PCR test taken 48 hours before departure, quarantine upon arrival, and take RT-PCR test on 5th day. 

Countries under ‘Green’ list from January 16 to 31 are as follows: Bangladesh, British Virgin Islands, Djibouti, Gambia, Hong Kong, Japan, Montserrat, Oman, Saba (Special Municipality of the Kingdom of the Netherlands), Sierra Leone, Timor-Leste, Benin, China, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, India, Kosovo, Morocco, Pakistan, Saint Barthelemy, Sint Eustatius, Uganda, Bhutan, Cote d’Ivoire, Falkland Islands, Guinea, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Niger, Paraguay, Senegal, Taiwan.

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