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PH allows antigen testing as entry requirement for travelers

By: - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ
/ 02:00 AM April 07, 2022
Antigen testing kids from the DOH. STORY: PH allows antigen testing as entry requirement for travelers

Antigen test kits provide faster results than the RT-PCR tests, considered the gold standard in COVID-19 testing. (File photo by NIñO JESUS ORBETA / Philippine Daily Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines can now use COVID-19 antigen testing as an entry requirement for travelers, Malacañang announced on Wednesday.

The government’s pandemic policy-making body, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), approved its use, according to a statement by acting presidential spokesman Martin Andanar.

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“The IATF on Wednesday night allowed the use of rapid antigen tests for entry requirements in the Philippines as long as they are administered and certified by a healthcare professional in a healthcare facility, laboratory, clinic, pharmacy, or other similar establishments from the country of origin of the traveler,” Andanar said.

Previously, only RT-PCR testing was accepted as an entry requirement for those entering the Philippines.

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