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The Diplomatic Missions and International Organizations accredited to the Republic of the Philippines: OSEC, UBRAA, All Geographic Offices, UNIO, ASEAN, OCA, OP, OTLA, OPPC 

 

REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS MANILA
Note No. 2021-5698 issued November 3, 2021

The Department of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines presents its compliments to all the Diplomatic and Consular Missions and the Resident Representatives of Specialized Agencies of the United Nations and other International Organizations, and further to Note No. 2021-3848 dated 09 August 2021 on the testing and quarantine protocols for foreign diplomats and their qualified dependents [i.e., 9(e) visa holders] based on their country of origin, has the honor to inform the esteemed Missions of the following updated testing and quarantine protocols effective 30 October 2021:

For foreign diplomats and their qualified dependents coming from “Red” List countries/territories/jurisdictions in all ports of entry in the Philippines

 A. The foreign diplomat or qualified dependent shall undergo strict self-quarantine at their declared accommodation or quarters for fourteen (14) days from date of arrival.
 B. RT-PCR testing shall be conducted on the seventh (7th) day from date of arrival, the result of which shall be submitted to the Department of Health-Epidemiology Bureau, through the Department of Foreign Affairs.
 C. Foreign diplomats and their qualified dependents merely transiting through a Red List country/jurisdiction/territory shall not be deemed as having come from or having been to said country/jurisdiction/territory if they stayed in the airport the whole time and were not cleared for entry into such country/jurisdiction/territory by its immigration authorities;
 D.Foreign diplomats and their qualified dependents merely transiting through a Red List country/jurisdiction/territory shall not be deemed as having come from or having been to said country/jurisdiction/territory if they stayed in the airport the whole time and were not cleared for entry into such country/jurisdiction/territory by its immigration authorities;

 

For passengers coming from “Green” List countries/jurisdictions/territories

A. Fully Vaccinated Foreign Diplomats and Qualified Dependents 

A negative Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test shall be required to be taken within seventy-two hours (72) hours prior to departure from the country of origin. Upon arrival, no self-quarantine will be further required but the concerned foreign diplomat or qualified dependent is enjoined to self-monitor for any symptoms until the fourteenth (14th) day with the first day being the date of arrival.

B. Foreign diplomats and their qualified dependents who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or whose vaccination status cannot be independently validated, or those vaccinated but failed to comply with the above test-before-travel requirements  1. Strict self-quarantine at their declared accommodation or quarters until the release of a negative RT-PCR test taken on the fifth (5th) day, the result of which shall be submitted to the Department of Health Epidemiology Bureau, through the Department of Foreign Affairs, and self-monitoring until the fourteenth (14th) day of arrival.

2. The stricter quarantine and testing protocols shall apply to the entire family if unvaccinated or partially vaccinated minor children are traveling with their fully vaccinated diplomat parent/s. 
C. Foreign diplomats and their qualified dependents merely transiting through a non-Green List country/jurisdiction/territory  Shall not be deemed as having come from or having been to said country/jurisdiction/territory if they stayed in the airport the whole time and were not cleared for entry into such country/jurisdiction/territory by its immigration authorities. 
D. If found positive   The concerned foreign diplomat or qualified dependent shall follow the prescribed isolation protocols. 

 

For foreign diplomats and their qualified dependents coming from “Yellow” List countries/territories/jurisdictions in all ports of entry in the Philippines

A. Fully vaccinated foreign diplomats and their qualified dependents

Need to undergo strict self-quarantine at their declared accommodation or quarters until the release of a negative RT-PCR test taken on the fifth (5th) day from date of arrival, the result of which shall be submitted to the Department of Health Epidemiology Bureau, through the Department of Foreign Affairs, and thereafter, self-monitoring until the tenth (10th) day of arrival. 

B. Foreign diplomats and their qualified dependents who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or whose vaccination status cannot be independently validated, or those vaccinated but failed to comply with the above test-before-travel requirements:
 
1. Strict self-quarantine at their declared accommodation or quarters until the release of a negative RT-PCR test taken on the seventh (7th) day, the result of which shall be submitted to the Department of Health - Epidemiology Bureau, through the Department of Foreign Affairs, and thereafter, self-monitoring until the fourteenth (14th) day from date of arrival. 

2. The stricter quarantine and testing protocols shall apply to the entire family if unvaccinated or partially vaccinated minor children are traveling with their fully vaccinated diplomat parent/s. 
C. Foreign diplomats and their qualified dependents merely transiting through a non-Green List country/jurisdiction/territory the concerned foreign diplomat or qualified dependent shall follow the prescribed isolation protocols. 


For purposes of validating vaccination status, the following shall be observed:

 

  • For foreign diplomats and qualified dependents vaccinated in the Philippines: either their VaxCertPH digital vaccination certificate, BOQ/World Health Organization-issued International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICV), or the digital certificate of the foreign government where they were vaccinated, which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement unless otherwise permitted by the IATF. 
  • For foreign diplomats and qualified dependents vaccinated abroad: WHO-issued ICV, or the digital certificate of the foreign government which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement unless otherwise permitted by the IATF.

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated minor children traveling with their fully vaccinated foreign diplomat parent/s shall be required to observe the quarantine protocols corresponding to the child’s vaccination status and country/port of origin. The Missions or the Resident Representatives are therefore requested to specify the vaccination status and country/port of origin of each individual for whom they are requesting exemption.

 

 

BEFORE YOU FLY AND DURING CHECK-IN


1. All travelers should register to the Bureau of Quarantine e-Health Declaration Card (e-HDC) including children. Declare your personal information, health status, and travel history. 


  

 Register as early as 24 hours before the flight through https://www.onehealthpass.com.ph/e-HDC. Simply click “Yes” when asked “Are your currently at the Airport of Departure or are you Departing today for the Philippines?”

 

 

 

 

Accurately and completely fill-out all required fields including the e-HDC. Upon completion, please ensure to save a copy of your unique transaction number and your QR code which will be required upon check-in. Failure to present the OHP QR code may result to non-acceptance to the flight.

 

2. Upon check-in, present your negative RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior departure. Sign the Declaration and Waiver Form presented by our check-in agent, indicating that you are healthy and fit to travel. 



DURING THE FLIGHT


3. Accomplish the Bureau of Customs Form and Arrival Card.

 


WHEN YOU ARRIVE


4. Upon arrival, listen to the briefing conducted by the Philippine Coast Guard.

5. Undergo a temperature check, present the BOQ One Health Pass QR Code upon deplaning, and proceed to the designated waiting area.

6. Present your negative RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior departure and proof of vaccination to the dedicated Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) representative for re-verification at the Department of Transportation One-Stop-Shop (OSS).

7. Clear with immigration and submit the Arrival Card. 

8. Claim your baggage at the designated carousel and clear with Customs Check. Submit the Bureau of Customs Form.

 

 

 

GOING HOME


9. Once cleared, you can call your relatives and respective Local Government Units (LGU) to pick you up or arrange for your transportation going home. You are required to undergo home quarantine until the fourteenth (14th) day, with the day of arrival being the first day.

 


 

 


 

 





 

LIST OF “GREEN” COUNTRIES IDENTIFIED UNDER IATF RESOLUTION 141-A

Fully vaccinated travelers who stayed exclusively in the following countries in the past fourteen days immediately preceding arrival must only undergo a 7-day quarantine, and an RT-PCR test administered on the 5th day of their quarantine stay.

American Samoa

Burkina Faso

Cameroon

Cayman Islands

Chad

China (Mainland

Comoros

Republic of Congo

Djibouti

Falkland Islands (Malvinas)

Hungary

Madagascar

Mali

Federated States of Micronesia

Montserrat

New Zealand

Niger

Northern Mariana Islands

Palau

Poland

Saba (Special Municipality of the Kingdom of the Netherlands)

Saint Pierre and Miquelon

Sierra Leone

Sint Eustatius

Taiwan

Algeria

Bhutan

Cook Islands

Eritrea

Kiribati

Marshall Islands

Nauru

Nicaragua

Niue

North Korea

Saint Helena

Samoa

Solomon Islands

Sudan

Syria

Tajikstan

Tanzania

Tokelau

Tonga

Turkmenistan

Tuvalu

Uzbekistan

Vanuatu

Yemen