MANILA, Philippines The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday said it is planning to recommend the scrapping of the COVID-19 testing requirement for inbound travelers who have already completed their doses abroad.
The governments task force for the COVID-19 response announced earlier it will implement a shorter quarantine period for inbound travelers who were fully vaccinated in the Philippines.
Under the revised guidelines, inbound passengers who were fully vaccinated in the Philippines will only need to undergo a seven-day quarantine period upon their arrival, and will only be required to take an RT-PCR test when they manifest COVID-19 symptoms during their quarantine period.
The new policy will take effect on June 22.
Ganyan din po ang ating nirerekomenda for those vaccinated abroad na mga Pilipino na babalik dito, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a press briefing.
Pero hindi pa po natin yan na naifa-finalize kasi we need means of verification of their vaccine status or vaccination cards, she added.
Vergeire stressed that the easing of protocols for fully vaccinated individuals should be gradual until the country has reached the targeted vaccination coverage.
Ang ating mga eksperto, ang lagi naman nilang sinasabi sa atin na kahit wala kang gawing test, basta i-isolate o i-quarantine mo ang isang pasyente o isang incoming traveler, you’re good, she said.
But of course, we would always want to defer to testing especially if we would want to do that contact tracing and all of these things, she added.
The Philippines has so far fully vaccinated two million individuals, while 5.5 million others have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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