Philippines has finally lifted the travel ban imposed in UAE, and nine other countries starting September 6.
The other nine countries are India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Oman, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
“International travelers coming from the abovementioned countries shall, however, comply with the appropriate entry, testing, and quarantine protocols,” Malacanang said in a statement.
Filipinos overseas welcomed Malacanang’s approval on the Inter-Agency Task Force’s (IATF) recommendation to lift the current travel restrictions in the mentioned countries.
It added that the IATF approved the adoption of Yellow and Red classifications, in addition to the ‘Green List’ countries or territories.
Under Yellow List are countries or territories with ‘Moderate Risk’ based on the following metrics: for populations greater than 100,000, the incidence rate shall be 50 to 500; and for populations less than 100,000, the COVID-19 case counts shall be 50 to 500; and testing rate of tests over the past 28 days per 100,000 population.
“Inbound international travelers, regardless of their vaccination status, coming from or with travel history within the last 14 days prior to their arrival in the Philippines from “Yellow List” countries/jurisdictions/territories shall be governed by entry, testing, and quarantine protocols,” the Palace further added.
Though the travel restrictions are lifted, returning Filipinos are still required to undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. The first 10 days shall be spent in a quarantine facility while the remaining four days must be spent under home quarantine.