PHL government to implement stricter quarantine protocol on arriving international passengers

Under a new directive from the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on CoviD-19, stricter quarantine protocols and testing procedures will be implemented on all passengers arriving in the Philippines. This include a mandatory 14-day quarantine after arrival in the Philippines.

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Government health officials will be conducting special screening on arriving passengers from international flights at the airport premises. This screening will determine whether the passenger will need to under go stringent quarantine or mandatory quarantine in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus in the Philippines.

A stringent quarantine requires all passengers coming from a 'high-risk' area or areas 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. These passengers will have to undergo RT PCR COVID-19 testing at the port of entry or designated quarantine facility. They will also have to stay in a government stringent quarantine facility until test results are released. If positive, passenger will be transfered to a designated hospital for treatment and management. If negative, the passenger will be allowed to undergo mandatory 14-day home quarantine or at an accredited monitoring facility.

On the other hand, a mandatory quarantine requires all other passengers (who do not need to undergo stringent quarantine) to undergo a rapid antibody CoviD-19 testing and must stay at a government mandatory quarantine facility. The passenger has the option to stay at a hotel which has been approved as a quarantine place at own choice and expense.

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