Philippines to remain under Alert Level 2 until January 15; New country risk classification announced

The Philippines will remain on Alert Level 2 until January 15, 2022, per the IATF's recommendation. Photo: Pixabay/Creative Commons

MANILA —The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) approved a recommendation on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, to maintain Alert Level 2 status for all provinces, highly urbanized cities, and independent component cities from January 1, 2022, to January 15, 2022.

Additionally, the IATF updated its country risk classification from January 1, 2022, to January 15, 2022.

The Red List shall include Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, and Spain.

Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, British Virgin Islands, China (Mainland), Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Fiji, The Gambia, Guinea, Hong Kong (Chinese Special Administrative Region), Indonesia, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Montserrat, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Rwanda, Saba (Special Municipality of

All other countries, territories, and jurisdictions not specifically mentioned above shall be included on the Yellow List.

Meanwhile, on the recommendation of the Department of Foreign Affairs, the IATF approved the acceptance/recognition of the national COVID-19 vaccination certificates of Armenia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Kuwait, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the United States of America, and Oman for the purposes of arrival quarantine protocols as well as interzonal/intertrazonal movement. 

This is in addition to the other countries/territories/jurisdictions whose vaccination proofs the IATF has already been approved for recognition in the Philippines and is without prejudice to any other vaccination proofs approved by the IATF for all inbound travelers.

The Bureau of Quarantine, the Department of Transportation – One Stop Shop, and the Bureau of Immigration is directed to accept only IATF-approved proofs of vaccination in this regard. (Source: OPS/Press Release)
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