Starting May 30, all fully vaccinated Filipinos and foreign passengers will not be required to present a negative PCR test on their arrival to the country.
According to Deputy Presidential Spokesperson and Communication Undersecretary Michel Kristian Ablan, the new protocol was concluded and approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).
Under the said resolution, all inbound passengers don’t need a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test result to enter the country as long as they are above 18 years old and acquired at least one booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Another exemption goes to those passengers aged 12-17 who had two COVID-19 vaccine shots and those who are 12 years old and below who are traveling together with their parents or guardians that are fully vaccinated and boosted.
Travel insurance requirements for those traveling to the Philippines were also lifted by the IATF EID, allowing travelers to the Philippines to enter the country without the need for travel insurance.
Previously, travelers are only allowed entry to the country after securing travel insurance to cover the costs of COVID-19 treatment. They must obtain a minimum of USD35,000 insurance coverage throughout their stay in the Philippines.
More so, fully-vaccinated travelers will still have to present their vaccination proof together with their passports.
For those unvaccinated passengers, they will need a negative RT-PCR test to enter the country just like the previous mandate. It must be taken 48 hours before their flight. These travelers will also need to go through a facility-based quarantine for five days and continue a home quarantine until 14 days.