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Waiving swab test rule for fully-vaccinated tourists mulled

By: - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ
/ 12:18 PM June 28, 2021

Panglao Island in Bohol  (LEO UDTOHAN / INQUIRER)

MANILA, Philippines — The government’s COVID-19 task force will discuss the possibility of waiving the RT-PCR or swab test requirement for fully vaccinated tourists, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said Monday.

“May IATF [Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases] meeting kami this afternoon. Ang pinag-uusapan kung paano let’s say, kung fully vaccinated naman, baka hindi na kailangan mag RT-PCR pero yun ay pinaguusapan,” Romulo-Puyat said in a televised briefing.

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(We have an IATF meeting this afternoon. We will discusss whether or not allowing fully vaccinated persons to forgo the RT-PCR requirement is possible.)

Romulo-Puyat told INQUIRER.net this is only for domestic travel, further noting that travel requirements are still up to the local government units.

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Tourists of all ages have been allowed to travel from Metro Manila and its nearby provinces to areas under modified general community quarantine until the end of the month.

Romulo-Puyat stressed that adherence to health and safety protocols when traveling must strictly be followed.  

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