MANILA, Philippines — Six countries are now on the government’s COVID-19 travel redlist from Jan. 1-15, Malacañang announced Thursday.
This means that travel to and from said territories is prohibited.
Acting Presidential Spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has approved the new country risk classification which will be effective from 1 to January 15, 2022.
The following countries are now in the red list:
Are in the green list:
-British Virgin Islands
– China (Mainland)
-Ivory Coast (Ivory Coast)
-Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
-Hong Kong (Chinese Special Administrative Region)
-Saba (Special Municipality of the Kingdom of the Netherlands)
-Sao Tome and Principe
-Timor-Leste (East Timor)
-United Arab Emirates
Other areas not mentioned are on the yellow list, Nograles said. However, a country classified in the green list will be moved to the yellow list if local transmission of the Omicron variant is detected.
The IATF has also approved the acceptance and recognition for the purposes of quarantine on arrival protocols and for interzonal or intrazonal movements of the national COVID-19 vaccination certificate of Armenia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Kuwait, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United States of America and Oman.
Nograles said this is in addition to the list of countries with evidence of vaccination that the IATF has already approved for recognition in the Philippines, and without prejudice to other evidence of vaccination approved by the IATF for all incoming travellers.
The Bureau of Quarantine, Department of Transportation – One Stop Shop and Bureau of Immigration are required to only recognize proof of vaccination so approved by the IATF, Nograles added.
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