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Iloilo Releases New Set of Travel Requirements for Domestic Travelers

Iloilo requires RT-PCR testing, regardless of vaccination status

By: Mira Maestrecampo | February 07, 2022
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Iloilo City is firm on implementing health protocols and travel requirements for the safety of Ilonggos and incoming travelers.

Image: Iloilo City Tourism and Development Office Facebook page

Iloilo City released a new set of updated travel requirements for travelers who want to visit the city.

Before travel, incoming travelers must secure an approved S-PaSS Travel Coordination Permit. Then on the day of travel, travelers will need to present the S-PaSS Travel Coordination Permit upon check-in with the designated airline or sea craft together with the VaxCert or vaccination card for fully vaxxed travelers.

Upon arrival in Iloilo City, fully vaxxed travelers shall undergo RT-PCR testing, provided free at the Lapaz Gym, and be under quarantine until the test result is released. As for the partially vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers, they are to undergo a mandatory 3-day hotel quarantine. On the third day, travelers must proceed to Lapaz Plaza to avail of the free RT-PCR test. However, they will remain in hotel quarantine until negative results are released. [1]

Philippines welcome incoming travelers

The country is set to implement new health protocols as it opens its borders for incoming Filipino and international travelers, temporarily disregarding the previous risk classifications of areas and countries.

Fully vaxxed travelers are required to comply with a negative RT-PCR test result taken 48 hours before departure for their point of origin. Once fully vaxxed travelers arrive in the country, they are no longer required to undergo the mandatory quarantine. Still, they need to do self-monitoring for any signs and symptoms within seven days from the date of arrival. Fully vaxxed travelers experiencing symptoms shall report to the destined local government unit.

Fully vaxxed travelers entering the country must secure the following as proofs of vaccination: World Health Organization International Certificates of Vaccination and Prophylaxis, VaxCertPH, and a national or state digital certificate of the foreign government which accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement unless permitted by the Inter-Agency Task Force.

On the other hand, those travelers who are unvaccinated and partially vaccinated must present a negative RT-PCR test result taken 48 hours before departure from their point of origin. These incoming travelers will also need to undergo a mandatory quarantine until the results of their RT-PCR tests taken on the fifth day of quarantine are released. They shall again undergo home quarantine for 14 days, considering the arrival date as the first day. Regarding the home quarantine protocol, the government has assigned local government units and Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams to monitor the arrival of travelers who are under home quarantine.

Acting presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles also announced that fully vaxxed foreign travelers coming from non-visa-required countries are now permitted to enter the country, effective February 10. [2]

Fully vaxxed foreign travelers arriving in the country should secure a valid passport and a return or outbound ticket to their country of origin. They are to present the exact legitimate proof of vaccination. In summation, travel requirements effective last February 1 would be for the fully vaxxed Filipino travelers, wherever country they are from, and travel requirements effective this February 10 would be applicable for the fully vaxxed foreign travelers coming from non-visa countries. [3]

Opening the borders for incoming travelers is a move of the government that will positively impact the restoration of tourism and businesses in the country.

Visit Yoorekka Magazine for more travel and COVID-19 updates and guidelines in Iloilo and Panay Island!

All details and information in this article are true and accurate as of the publication date. However, while we are making our utmost effort to keep our content as up-to-date as possible, the condition surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be unpredictable, and the situation develops rapidly. Hence, some information and recommendations may have changed since this article was published. For the latest advice, visit DOH and your LGU's official websites.


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About Mira Maestrecampo
Mira - with a long surname - is a girl who dreams of becoming a news anchor someday, in God's perfect time. She loves to read books and eat different kinds of cheesy or saucy food. A coffee addict and a dog lover, she loves long hugs, hot coffee on an afternoon break with friends, or simply sleeping all day with her stuffed unicorns.
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