PNP: NCR, Bulacan inbound travelers required to present vaccination card

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 6) — The local governments units of Metro Manila and Bulacan—where restrictions have been escalated under Alert Level 3—are requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination of inbound travelers, the Philippine National Police said on Thursday.

The PNP said upon the LGUs’ instruction, police manning border checkpoints will ask for the vaccination cards of motorists and commuters.

Earlier, Metro Manila mayors signed a resolution prohibiting those who have not yet received their anti-coronavirus shot from going outside, except for essential trips.

“Those without vaccination cards will be barred from entering and will be asked to go back,” PNP Chief General Dionardo Carlos said.

The capital region, Bulacan, Cavite, and Rizal are under Alert Level 3 until Jan. 15 amid rising COVID-19 cases. Laguna is also set to be placed under the heightened classification beginning Jan. 7 to 15.

The PNP said the first day of the implementation of the policy in Bulacan snarled up traffic but strict inspection measures are necessary to curb coronavirus spread.

“The PNP is fully aware that movement must not be hampered, but non-essential travel can be controlled. Just stay at home at this time when you have nothing important to do outside,” Carlos said.