PH allows entry of recently recovered ROFs with COVID-positive pre-departure tests

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 21) — Returning overseas Filipinos who recently recovered from COVID-19 who yielded positive RT-PCR test results prior their departure will be allowed entry in the Philippines provided they present certain documents, the country’s pandemic task force said.

Among the documents such passengers may present instead of the required negative test result 48 hours prior departure is a medical certificate stating they completed the mandatory isolation period, are no longer infectious, and have been allowed free movement or travel.

This is according to the latest resolution of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), which also lists the ff:

- positive RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to departure

- positive RT-PCR test taken 10-30 days before departure

“Upon arrival, they shall be required to observe the facility-based quarantine applicable to them based on the classification of the country/territory/jurisdiction of origin and the passenger’s vaccination status,” read the resolution.

However, the IATF says these travelers will only undergo the quarantine protocols for yellow-listed countries if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and hail from nations under the green list.

Fully vaccinated passengers coming from yellow-listed countries must undergo facility-based quarantine and get tested on the fifth day. After testing negative, they shall continue their quarantine up to the 7th day at home. 

Unvaccinated and partially unvaccinated travelers, meanwhile, must quarantine in an accredited facility and undergo an RT-PCR test on the seventh day instead. They will also continue their 14-day quarantine at home upon getting a negative test result.