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Covid-19 testing for vaccinated travelers are no longer required in the Philippines

Arriving travelers who have received three doses of an approved vaccine are no longer required to present negative test results prior to departure.

For tourists, the Philippines is relaxing its Covid-19 border regulations.

Travelers who are fully vaccinated and have had a booster shot of an approved Covid-19 vaccine will no longer need to perform a Covid-19 test prior to travelling to the tropical nation.

The new laws, which apply to both Filipinos and foreigners, take effect on Monday.

Unvaccinated travelers, or those who have only received two doses of a vaccine, must submit negative PCR findings from a test done no more than 48 hours prior to departure.

Antigen tests are also acceptable for travel, but they must be completed within 24 hours of departure.

If a child has received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine and is between the ages of 12 and 17, they are exempt from pre-departure testing. To travel to the Philippines, children under the age of 12 do not need to take any tests or provide proof of vaccination as long as their guardian is completely vaccinated or has a negative test result.

When foreign visitors arrive in the country, their passports must be valid for at least six months.
On Friday, Philippine authorities stated that Metro Manila, the country’s thriving metropolis, will stay on the lowest alert level from June 1 to 15.

The most forgiving level, Alert Level 1, allows businesses, restaurants, cafes, shops, and gyms to operate at full capacity and without restrictions.

In June, 62 other places in the country, including Pangasinan, Cebu City, and Batangas, would be on the lowest alert level. Every two weeks, the alert level limits are reassessed.

Infections with Covid-19 have been resurgent in the Philippines. Dr. John Wong, a member of the Inter-Agency Task Force-Technical Working Group on Data Analytics, told CNN that “three instances of lowering case growth rates had reversed in the previous month.”

According to Johns Hopkins data, around 63 percent of the population is fully vaccinated, and more than 3.68 million Covid-19 cases have been registered in the country since the pandemic began in 2020.