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IATF releases list of 'green' countries with low COVID risk for shorter quarantine time

By Camille Torres Published Jul 01, 2021 5:30 pm

The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Wednesday released the official list of over 50 “green” countries or areas considered "low-risk" for COVID-19 infection.

Fully vaccinated individuals coming from these countries will have a shorter quarantine period upon arrival in the Philippines from the previous 10 days to seven days.

These "green countries" are the following:

  1. Albania
  2. American Samoa
  3. Anguilla
  4. Antigua and Barbuda
  5. Australia
  6. Benin
  7. Belize
  8. The British Virgin Islands
  9. Brunei
  10. Burkina Faso
  11. Burundi
  12. Cayman Islands
  13. Chad
  14. China
  15. Côte d’ Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
  16. Eswatini
  17. Falkland Islands
  18. French Polynesia
  19. Gambia
  20. Ghana
  21. Greenland
  22. Grenada
  23. Hong Kong
  24. Iceland
  25. Isle of Man
  26. Israel
  27. Laos
  28. Liberia
  29. Malawi
  30. Malta
  31. Marshall Islands
  32. Mauritius
  33. Micronesia
  34. Montserrat
  35. Morocco
  36. Mozambique
  37. New Caledonia
  38. New Zealand
  39. Niger
  40. Nigeria
  41. Northern Mariana Islands
  42. Palau
  43. Rwanda
  44. Saba
  45. Saint Barthelemy
  46. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  47. Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  48. Sierra Leone
  49. Senegal
  50. Singapore
  51. Sint Eustatius
  52. South Korea
  53. Taiwan
  54. Togo
  55. Turks and Caicos Islands (UK)
  56. Vietnam
  57. Zimbabwe

"[Overseas Filipino Workers] who can present International Certificates of Vaccination may already avail of the green lanes beginning July 1, 2021, provided they comply with other requirements," the IATF said in its statement.

Of all the jurisdictions, Ivory Coast and Micronesia remained as the top “green” countries with only one COVID-19 case.

An individual is considered fully vaccinated at least two weeks after receiving a single dose vaccine or the second dose of a two-dose vaccine. The vaccine must be covered by an emergency use authorization or compassionate special permit in the Philippines or by an emergency use listing from the World Health Organization.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said today, July 1, the country may eventually remove the quarantine requirement for international travelers and just require a swab test.

“There is always a possibility, pero sa ngayon po from what I know wala pa ring bansa na hahayaang pumasok ang kahit sino na wala pa pong quarantine lalo na po dahil meron tayong Delta variant,” he said.

“Confident pa rin po tayo for a better Christmas. We’ve exceeded the 10 million mark for vaccination. We have managed the COVID cases in Metro Manila plus 8 and there are more areas now under MECQ and we’re confident that with more supplies of the vaccine coming in, maraming mabibigyan ng proteksyon,” he added.

The government has administered more than 10 million COVID-19 vaccine doses so far since its inoculation program began.

According to the Department of Health, a total of 10,065,414 doses have already been administered. Of the total, 7,538,128 have received their first doses while 2,527,286 have already completed the required two doses.

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