Chan welcomes IATF decision to end mandatory quarantine for passengers arriving from “green” countries

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The mayor of Lapu-Lapu, Junard “Ahong” Chan. CDN Digital Photo | Futch Anthony Inso

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines – Lapu-Lapu Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan welcomed the decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) to no longer observe a mandatory quarantine for arriving passengers, who can take advantage of the “greenways” in the Philippines.

However, the new protocol will only apply to people fully vaccinated and qualified in greenways.

Apart from that, they are also expected to test negative for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), 72 hours before they leave the country of origin.

Earlier, presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the new rules would go into effect on October 14.

“Nindot na, I’m looking forward to this development. Mao gyud na atong gipangandoy nga unta kadtong fully vaccinated, entering our town, basta naka RT-PCR lang siya, lang ug negative fully vaccinated, para nako gi-welcome na nako kay dako kaayo na’g ikatabang sa atong mga turista, “Chan says.

(That’s good. I’m looking forward to this development. That’s what we want these fully vaccinated individuals, entering our city, as long as they’ve already had an RT-PCR, negative and fully vaccinated, to I am delighted because it will be of great help to our tourists.)

Chan said this development will boost the city’s economy, especially in the tourism industry.

In the new protocol, the passenger is only instructed to monitor himself for any symptoms until the 14th day.

However, vaccinated Filipinos may also choose to undergo an institutional quarantine until a negative RT-PCR test performed in the quarantine facility is released upon arrival.

On September 30, the IATF-EID released the updated list of “green” countries and jurisdictions which will take effect from October 1 to 15.

Those included in the green list are American Samoa, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Chad, China (mainland), Comoros, Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Hungary , Madagascar, Mali, Federated States of Micronesia, Montserrat, New Zealand, Niger, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Poland, Saba (Special Municipality of the Kingdom of the Netherlands), Saint Peter, Sierra Leone, Sint Eustatius, Taiwan, Algeria, Bhutan, Cook Islands, Eritrea, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Nicaragua, Niue, North Korea, Saint Helena, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tokelau, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu , Vanuatu, Uzbekistan and Yemen.

The task force, in its new guidelines, also shortened the quarantine period for unvaccinated people.

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals, as well as those with unverified immunization status and those who have been vaccinated but have not complied with “pre-travel testing requirements”, should undergo institutional quarantine. until the publication of a negative RT-PCR test performed on their fifth day in the country.

In the case of foreign nationals, they are required to guarantee hotel reservations for at least six days.

Originally, they were to undergo quarantine for seven days and undergo home quarantine for an additional seven days.

For unvaccinated or partially vaccinated minors traveling with their parents or fully vaccinated guardians are required to respect the quarantine protocols corresponding to their vaccination status.

Chan also expressed support for Ang Probinsyano’s party representative Ronnie Ong’s call to lift quarantine and RT-PCR requirements for vaccinated local and foreign tourists as long as they have pre-arranged accommodation. booked and a pre-arranged itinerary.

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