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Philippines lifts travel restrictions on 10 countries

MANILA. In this photo taken in April 2021, a woman wearing a protective suit pushes a cart at the arrival area of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. (File)

THERE will be no more travel restrictions on India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia beginning Monday, September 6, 2021.

But travelers, regardless of vaccination status, are required to comply with the appropriate entry, testing and quarantine protocols depending on the risk classification of the country of origin.

Malacañang on Saturday, September 4, 2021, said President Rodrigo Duterte approved the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases to lift the restrictions and adopt the “Yellow” and “Red” lists, in addition to the “Green” list of countries/jurisdictions/territories.

The “Yellow” list are moderate risk countries based on the following metrics:

  • For populations greater than 100,000, the incidence rate per 100,000 population shall be 50 to 500;
  • For populations less than 100,000, the Covid-19 case count in the past 28 days shall be 50 to 500; and
  • Rate of tests over the past 28 days per 100,000 population.


Inbound international travelers, regardless of their vaccination status, coming from or with travel history within the last 14 days prior to their arrival in the Philippines from yellow list countries will undergo facility-based quarantine for 10 days and home quarantine for additional four days.

They will undergo RT-PCR testing on the seventh day, with their day of arrival serving as Day 1, but must complete 10 days in facility quarantine despite a negative test result.

“Red” list countries/jurisdictions/territories are high risk areas based on the following metrics:
  • For populations greater than 100,000, the incidence rate shall be more than 500;
  • For populations less than 100,000, the Covid-19 case counts shall be more than 500; and
  • Rate of tests over the past 28 days per 100,000 population.


Travelers coming from or who have been to these countries shall not be allowed to enter the Philippines.

Only Filipinos returning to the country via government-initiated repatriation, non-government-initiated repatriation, and Bayanihan flights may be allowed entry, but they must comply with the same entry, testing and quarantine protocols.

Passengers, whether Filipinos or foreigners, who merely transited through a red list country and stayed in the airport the whole time will be exempted, but must comply with existing testing and quarantine protocols.

The green list, meanwhile, includes low risk countries.

Fully vaccinated travelers from these countries may undergo a shortened facility-based quarantine of only seven days and undergo RT-PCR test for Sars-CoV-2 only if they exhibit symptoms of Covid-19. Otherwise, they will be released after seven days. (Marites Villamor-Ilano / SunStar Philippines)

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