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IATF: RT-PCR Tests No Longer Required For Fully Vaxxed Travelers


Good news for travelers!


Starting May 30, travelers don’t need negative RT-PCR results to go to the Philippines. Communications Usec and Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Michael Kristian Ablan made the announcement. Ablan says this protocol is in IATF-EID Resolution 168.

What does Resolution 168 mean for travelers? Simple. Those over 18 don’t need to present negative RT-PCR test results if they’re vaccinated. That means they should have two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and at least one booster shot.

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Those 12-17 years old who have received two doses are also exempted. So are kids below 12 who are traveling with vaxxed adults. People who are not or with an unverified vaccine status must show a negative RT-PCR result. They can also provide a negative laboratory-based rapid antigen result.

Unvaccinated peeps must quarantine until the release of a negative RT-PCR result. They must get tested on the fifth day after arriving in the Philippines. They also need to quarantine at home for 14 days.

In other news, the IATF-EID has lifted another requirement. The updated protocols allow travelers to enter the Philippines sans insurance. This also applies to Filipinos returning home, said Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.

“We are glad that the propositions we have worked on are now up for implementation. As we make things more convenient for tourists, health and safety remain the DOT’s priority.”

“The DOT sees this development as a win for the local tourism industry. Welcoming more tourists will restore jobs and livelihoods in the sector,” she added.

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