United Arab Emirates-Philippines flights: hotel quarantine removed for all fully vaccinated travelers – News

The measure comes into force on February 1.



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Published: Fri 28 Jan 2022, 12:51

Last update: Fri 28 Jan 2022, 12:56

Fully vaccinated Filipinos returning home from the United Arab Emirates and around the world will no longer have to undergo institutional quarantine upon arrival, starting Feb. 1, the Philippine government said on Friday.

The Southeast Asian country will also grant entry to vaccinated foreign tourists from February 10. All fully vaccinated incoming travelers will be required to present a negative RT-PCR test result taken within 48 hours of departure.

Under the new ruling, the Philippines had also removed the color-coded classification of countries for its Covid protocols. Previously, nations were categorized into red, yellow, and green.

Presidential spokesman Karlo Nograles, however, noted that travelers will need to monitor themselves for any signs and symptoms for seven days, with the first day being the date of arrival.

If they develop symptoms, they should report it to their respective local government units, Nograles told local media.

As proof of vaccination, arriving passengers must present one of the following:

– International vaccination certificates from the World Health Organization

– VaxCertPH

– National/State digital certificate from the government that accepted

– VaxCertPH under a reciprocal agreement, unless otherwise authorized by the Philippine government

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Those who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated or others whose vaccination status cannot be validated will be required to undergo institutional quarantine until the release of the result of their PCR test taken on the fifth day, the government added. .

The Philippines, popular for its white sand beaches and rich marine life, is joining other Southeast Asian countries in reopening to tourists to boost jobs and help their economies recover.

Tourist arrivals to the Philippines from major markets of Japan, South Korea and China fell 83% to 1.4 million last year.

(With contributions from Reuters)

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