In a further boon to visitation to the country, the Philippines has lifted all quarantine requirements for unvaccinated inbound travelers, merely requiring an antigen test taken within 24 hours of departure or upon arrival into the country.
The news follows an Executive Order by the nation’s president last week eliminating the need for masks both outdoors and indoors, unless under specific situations.
The measure means that both Filipinos and foreign nationals over the age of 15 can present a “remotely supervised or laboratory-based rapid antigen negative result administered and certified by a healthcare professional in a healthcare facility, laboratory, clinic, pharmacy, or other similar establishments taken within 24 hours prior to the date and time of departure from the country of origin/first port of embarkation in a continuous travel to the Philippines, excluding lay-overs; provided, that, he/she has not left the airport premises or has not been admitted into another country during such lay-over”.
Inbound travelers who test positive through the tests will be subject to the quarantine and isolation protocols.
Pre-departure testing for fully vaccinated inbound travelers is no longer required for those who have received the vaccine more than 14 days prior to embarkation and can provide proof of vaccination.