The government’s coronavirus task force changed testing and quarantine protocols for arriving passengers amid the threat of new and more contagious coronavirus variants.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said inbound passengers will be taken to a quarantine facility upon arrival and undergo an RT-PCR test on the fifth day, unless they show COVID-19 symptoms.
The Department of Health confirmed passengers will no longer undergo a swab test upon arrival, but only on the fifth day.
The new testing and quarantine protocols cover all passengers regardless of origin and will take effect on February 1.
Once the passenger yields a negative COVID-19 result, the person will be endorsed to the local government unit where he resides and shall continue the remainder of the 14-day quarantine under strict monitoring.
Filipinos and foreigners with valid visas may enter the country, but they will be subjected to testing and quarantine protocols.