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Palace shortens quarantine to 7 days for Filipino travelers vaccinated in PH starting June 22

By Lorenzo Santos Published Jun 21, 2021 7:16 pm Updated Jun 21, 2021 7:18 pm

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said today there will be a shorter mandatory quarantine period for fully vaccinated Filipino travelers starting Jun. 22, 1 a.m.

However, this applies only to Filipinos vaccinated in the Philippines.

A member of the Philippine Coast Guard asks for the travel documents of an arriving Filipino at NAIA. Photos by KrizJohn Rosales/Philippine Star

Filipino travelers arriving in the country will undergo 7 days of quarantine in a government-approved quarantine hotel or facility. They will not need to undergo swab testing if they have no symptoms of COVID-19.

This shortens the period from the previous 14 days of mandatory quarantine.

Roque explained the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is still fixing the program that will be used to monitor and verify the vaccination cards of travelers.

“Ang effectivity po ay minove sa June 22 (from June 15) kasi inaayos po ng DICT ang yung programa na gagamitin na magiging basehan nung verification ng vaccination cards,” Roque said during Malacañang Palace’s press briefing.

Filipino travelers vaccinated in the Philippines need to quarantine for 7 days at a government-approved facility or hotel. 

He also mentioned this will serve as the “automated vaccination database” for Filipino travelers and the basis for government to verify certificates of vaccination.

Roque added this database will be used to authenticate the vaccination certificates of Filipino travelers which will then be submitted to the Bureau of Quarantine.

Banner photo by KrizJohn Rosales/Philippine Star