The Philippines enforced new testing and quarantine rules for travelers from other countries beginning February 1 to curb the spread of more infectious variants of the novel coronavirus disease.
Under the new rules laid down by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, all incoming passengers, regardless of country origin, will be required to go into isolation in quarantines upon arrival in the Philippines.
They will take RT-PCR tests five days after their arrival, unless they show Covid-19 symptoms earlier.
Those who will test negative will be endorsed to their local governments, which will monitor their condition during the remainder of their 14-day quarantine period.
The new testing and quarantine rules were issued in the wake of restrictions imposed on travelers from 35 countries where cases of the more infectious British variant of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 were reported.