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Philippines opens borders to travelers with valid visas


Posted 2021-10-14 15:06:55

updated as of 17:00, 14 Oct. 2021

 

 

Travelers with valid and existing visas and Filipinos from Taiwan going to the Philippines are set to be welcomed to the country hassle-free. This as the national government announced that there will be no need for facility-based quarantine for fully-vaccinated foreigners (holders of 9a visa) and Filipinos upon arrival so long as they come from "green" countries.

 

Malacañang disclosed that the country’s Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) updated its protocols for fully vaccinated individuals who are qualified for green lanes.

 

The Palace announced that fully-vaccinated Filipinos can choose to take the same RT-PCR test as foreigners within 72 hours before departure. They can show a negative result, or choose to take the RT-PCR test at a quarantine facility upon their arrival in the Philippines and stay at the facility until they receive a negative result.

 

Upon arrival in the Philippines, they can do self-health management for any symptoms of Covid-19 for 14 days.

 

Taiwan – which is included in the green countries list as of 8 October – ranks seventh among tourists coming in the Philippines, with over 300,000 Taiwanese visitors entering the country before the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

 

In 2020, Taiwan dropped a few notches but remained at number seven with 48,644 arrivals in the Philippines due to air travel restrictions from select countries such as China, Korea, and Taiwan.

 

Aside from the Philippines, France has also listed Taiwan as one of the “green" countries from which vaccinated travelers with valid and existing 9a visas are not subject to any health measures or movement restrictions amid the pandemic.

 

The country’s IATF -- in its Resolution 142 approved on 7 October -- initially directed fully vaccinated individuals from “green” countries to undergo facility-based quarantine until the release of the negative result of their RT-PCR test taken on their fifth day in the country.

 

It classified green countries or jurisdictions as “low risk” countries or jurisdictions, upon the recommendation of the Department of Health.

 

The task force, in its new guidelines, also shortened to five days the quarantine period for unvaccinated individuals.

 

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Isang magandang balita ang sasalubong sa mga Pilipino at mga travelers na may valid 9a visa  magmumula sa Taiwan kapag nagpunta sila sa Pilipinas.

 

Ito ay dahil inanunsyo nang pamahalaan na hindi na kailangang dumaan sa isang facility-based quarantine ang mga fully-vaccinated na mga Pinoy at travelers na bibisita sa Pilipinas kung sila ay manggagaling sa mga tinatawag na “green countries.”

 

Ayon sa Malakanyang, pinag-ibayo pa ng Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) ang kanilang mga protocols para sa mga nabakunahan na ng buo laban sa coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) at qualified sa mga tinatawag na green lanes.

 

Dagdag nito, ang mga fully-vaccinated na Pinoy ay maaaring kumuha ng RT-PCR test bilang mga foreigners 72 oras bago sila umalis. Maaari nilang ipakita ang kanilang negative result sa test, o kaya naman ay sa Pilipinas magpa-test pagdating nila at hihintayin na lamang nila ang kanilang resulta.

 

Kapag dumating na sila sa bansa, maaari na silang magsagawa ng self-health management sa loob ng 14 na araw upang matiyak na wala silang sintomas ng Covid-19.

 

Ang Taiwan – na kasama sa mga bansang pinangalanan bilang isang green country nito lamang 8 Oktubre – ay pampito sa mga bansa kung saan nanggagaling ang mga turista sa Pilipinas at umabot na sa lampas 300,000 Taiwanese visitors ang naitalang bumisita sa bansa bago pumutok ang pandemya.

 

Noong 2020, bumaba ang bilang ng mga bumibisita sa bansa mula sa Taiwan, subalit nanatili ito sa ika-pitong puwesto kung saan nakapagtala ang bansa ng 48,644 arrivals mula sa Taiwan dahil na rin sa mga ipinatutupad na air travel restrictions ng ilang bansa gaya ng China, Korea at Taiwan.

 

Bukod sa Pilipinas, kinikilala rin ang bansang France bilang isang green country kung saan ang mga bakunadong travelers na may valid 9a visa na bibisita mula sa nasabing bansa ay hindi na sasailalim sa kahit anong health measures o kahit mga movement restrictions habang may pandemya.

 

Para sa IATF, ang mga green countries o jurisdictions ay kinikilalang mga “low risk” na lugar ayon na rin sa rekomendasyon ng IATF.

 

Iniklian na rin ng IATF sa limang araw ang quarantine period para sa mga hindi pa nababakunahan sa bago nitong guidelines.

 

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欲前往菲律賓的台灣遊客和返鄉的菲律賓國民將可以便利地前往菲律賓。 日前,菲律賓政府宣布,持有效護照的國民或是有效簽證的外籍人士,只要是從“綠色名單”上列舉的區域啟程,且完整接種疫苗的外國人和菲律賓人將不需隔離檢疫。

 

菲律賓總統府–馬拉坎南宮表示,跨部會疫情專案小組(IATF)重新檢視了疫情相關檢疫措施,凡是來自綠色區域且已完整接種疫苗的旅客(菲律賓籍與外國籍)可選擇提供出發前 72 小時內的陰性 RT-PCR 核酸檢測報告,或可於抵達菲律賓後進行核酸檢測,並於陰性檢測結果出來前於指定場所隔離檢疫。

 

抵達菲律賓後,實施14天自主健康管理,注意自身有無COVID-19相關症狀。

 

台灣在 10 8 日被列入綠色區域名單 按往年觀光資料統計,到訪菲律賓的總人數在全球排名第七, 2019 年新冠病毒(Covid-19)肆虐之前,有超過 300,000 名台灣遊客前往當地。

 

2020 年,由於中國、韓國和台灣等特定國家/地區的航空旅行限制,台灣前往菲律賓的遊客數銳減,但仍以 48,644 人次,排名全球第七。

 

除菲律賓外,法國亦將台灣列為“綠色”名單之一,在疫情期間,持有效簽證且已經完整接種疫苗的旅客不受任何防疫措施規範。

 

菲律賓跨部會疫情專案小組 - 10 7 日批准的第 142 號決議中 - 最初建議為,來自“綠色”區域且完整接種疫苗者須進行隔離檢疫,並於抵達後第五天接受核酸檢測,在陰性報告發佈前繼續隔離檢疫。

 

根據菲律賓衛生部的建議,綠色名單為“低疫情風險”國家或區域。

 

跨部會疫情專案小組在新防疫措施中,亦將未完整接種疫苗者的隔離期縮短至五天

 

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Information Contact:

Arealle dela Cruz 02 26588825 ext. 810

aodelacruz@meco.org.tw

 

 

photo from: Official Gazette