IATF requires travel insurance from fully vaxxed foreign travelers

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The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) has included travel insurance with a minimum coverage of $35,000 in the list of requirements for fully vaccinated foreign inbound travelers. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 4) — The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) has included travel insurance with a minimum coverage of $35,000 in the list of requirements for fully vaccinated foreign inbound travelers.

IATF spokesperson Karlo Nograles said on Friday that foreign nationals from countries where visas are not required to enter the Philippines may travel to the country for business or tourism purposes provided that they “obtain, prior to arrival, a travel insurance for COVID-19 treatment costs from reputable insurers, with a minimum coverage of USD 35,000.00 for the duration of their stay."

Nograles said the premium paid to some insurers that provide that coverage can be around P1,000 to P2,000.

Travelers who fail to comply will be denied entry and subjected to appropriate exclusion proceedings, he added.

Other requirements previously announced include acceptable proof of vaccination, negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to date and time of departure from country of origin, among other documents.

The new travel protocols will be implemented beginning Feb. 10.