MANILA, Philippines – The Interagency Working Group for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has relaxed the rules for inter-zonal travel of fully vaccinated people, including the elderly.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque has said that under IATF Resolution 124-B, inter-area travelers fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are now only required to show proof of full COVID vaccination. 19 instead of COVID-19 test results.
According to IATF resolution 124-B, an individual is not considered to be fully vaccinated until two weeks after receiving the second dose of the vaccine and if the vaccine administered is one of the vaccines that have been approved for use. Emergency or Special Compassionate Permit (PSC) by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration or is listed on the World Health Organization’s emergency use list.
The new rules on inter-zonal travel also apply to fully vaccinated elderly people.
Interzonal travel refers to movement between provinces, highly urbanized cities, and independent cities under different community quarantine classifications.
According to the IATF, the presentation of a national COVID-19 vaccination card signed by a legitimate vaccination establishment, or an end of quarantine certificate indicating the holder’s vaccination status issued by the Quarantine Office is a sufficient alternative to any testing requirements (before travel or upon arrival) that the destination local government may require.
However, all travelers must still undergo health and exposure screening protocols upon arrival at their destination.
Meanwhile, intra-zonal travel (or the movement of people, goods, and services between localities under the same community quarantine classification) will continue to be permitted for fully vaccinated seniors in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ). ) and modified GCQ.
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