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IATF OKs retroactive enforcement of new testing, quarantine rules for travelers

/ 09:52 PM January 15, 2022
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FILE PHOTO: In this June 2, 2020, photo, repatriated OFWs arrive at the NAIA Terminal 2 to board their flights. INQUIRER / MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Saturday said the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) approved the retroactive application of the new testing and quarantine protocols for qualified travelers who arrived in the country on or before Jan. 13.

According to acting presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles, the IATF also directed implementing agencies to “ensure the smooth and proper implementation of these protocols intended to screen Filipinos and foreign nationals entering the country from abroad.”

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“Also, the IATF clarified that foreign nationals coming from ‘red list countries’ and allowed admission in the country under existing IATF rules may enter the Philippines provided they have valid or existing visas,” said Nograles.

“The IATF also stressed that their entry is subject to Philippine immigration laws, rules and regulations,” he added.

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This is in reference to Resolution No. 157, released by the IATF on Friday, Jan. 14, which lifted the entry ban on qualified travelers from “red list” countries subject to quarantine protocols.

The said resolution also shortened the isolation and quarantine period of aviation personnel sick with COVID-19 and who are asymptomatic close contacts of a coronavirus-hit person but already fully vaccinated and “boosted.”

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