Last June 30, 2021, the government’s COVID-19 task force released a list of “green” or low-risk nations for COVID-19– jurisdictions where a fully vaccinated individual must come from to qualify for a shorter quarantine period upon arrival in the Philippines.
The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) previously allowed tourists immunized abroad going into the Philippines from “green” countries to go through a seven-day facility-based quarantine instead of 10 days.
These tourists need to have remained the past 14 days, specifically in “green” countries, before arriving in the Philippines, the IATF stressed.
In a declaration, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, who likewise functions as IATF mouthpiece, said the following were listed as “green” nations by the task force:
- American Samoa
- Antigua and Barbuda
- The British Virgin Islands
- Burkina Faso
- Cayman Islands
- Cote d’ Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
- The Falkland Islands
- French Polynesia
- Hong Kong
- Isle of Man
- Marshall Islands
- New Caledonia
- New Zealand
- Northern Mariana Islands
- Saint Barthelemy
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Pierre and Miquelon
- Sierra Leone
- Sint Eustatius
- South Korea
- Turks and Caicos Islands (UK)
Roque stated that providing a Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO)-verified document as evidence of vaccination status is unique to abroad Filipino workers (OFWs).
The POLOs will start accepting applications for vaccination status recognition beginning July 5, 2021.
Roque stated that OFWs who can present International Certificates of Vaccination could use “green lanes” starting July 1 if they comply with other requirements.
Inbound passengers are thought about fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two or more weeks after getting a single-dose shot or the second dose of a two-shot vaccine.
Vaccines administered to the individual need either an emergency situation use permission or a compassionate special license from the Philippines Food and Drug Administration or consist of worldwide Health Organization’s emergency usage listing.