Travel Advisory

New Quarantine Procedures (Philippines)

09 5 2020

Advisory # 57
PHL Local Time: 09 May 2020

To All International Passengers Arriving in the Philippines:

The Philippine government is implementing stricter quarantine and testing procedures for all arriving passengers, effective immediately, under a new directive from the Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19. 

All passengers will be required to undergo quarantine for at least 14 days after arrival in the Philippines.  

Upon arrival, passengers will need to undergo special screening procedures at the airport to be conducted by government health professionals.  The screening will determine the type of quarantine that will be required, whether "stringent" or "mandatory":


 - Required for all passengers coming from a 'high-risk' area (identified by the WHO as an area with high level of COVID-19 community transmission), or from a high-risk vessel in the case of sea-based overseas Filipinos; or any passenger with flu-like symptoms as assessed by a health officer at the airport.
- Must undergo RT PCR COVID-19 testing at the port of entry or designated quarantine facility; and
 - Must stay in a government-designated stringent quarantine facility until their test results are released. 
 - If test results are positive, will be transferred to a designated hospital for further medical management.
 - If test results are negative, will be allowed to move out to undergo a 14-day quarantine at home or an appropriate local monitoring facility 


- Required for all other passengers (those not assigned to undergo stringent quarantine)
- Must undergo Rapid Antibody COVID-19 testing; and 
- Must stay at a government-designated 14-day mandatory quarantine facility. Passenger will have the option to stay at a hotel designated as an approved quarantine facility, at his or her choice and own expense. 

For more details and information on these new requirements and related concerns, you may call the government's One Stop Shop hotline number +63 9161019964.

These new procedures and requirements are meant to protect your health and safety. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. (End)

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