Department of Tourism welcomes shortened quarantine days for returning overseas Filipinos

DOT welcomes the IATF-EID decision to reduce the hotel quarantine period for fully vaccinated returning overseas Filipinos from five to three days starting November 22.

MANILA —  The Department of Tourism (DOT) applauded the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases' (IATF-EID) decision to reduce the hotel quarantine period for fully vaccinated returning overseas Filipinos, including Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and balikbayans from yellow countries, from five to three days beginning November 22.

Puyat confirmed that fully vaccinated balikbayans from yellow countries who undergo pre-departure testing within 72 hours will be required to undergo a three-day facility-based quarantine, with testing on the third day, but are urged to complete self-monitoring up to the 14th day after arrival.

Those who do not undergo pre-departure testing, on the other hand, will be placed in a facility-based quarantine until the results of the RT-PCR test taken on the fifth day are released. If the test is negative, the individual will be released for 10 days of home quarantine.

Unvaccinated visitors are subjected to facility-based quarantine with testing on the seventh day, followed by home quarantine until the release of a negative test result on the fourteenth day.

“This latest development will greatly contribute to the ongoing recovery of the tourism sector this holiday season while also providing more time to those who want to return home to be with their loved ones in the Philippines,” added Puyat.” (DOT/PRESS RELEASE)

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