Manila The Philippines added the Netherlands and the Faroe Islands to the updated list of “red” countries and jurisdictions.
“The Faroe Islands and the Netherlands are the only two regions on the red list,” presidential spokesman Harry Roque said in a press release.
Roque said the new state’s risk classification lists or “green, yellow and red” lists, approved by the Interagency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), will be effective November 16-30. .
At the request of the IATF, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said that travelers from the Faroe Islands and the Netherlands will not be allowed to enter the country from November 16-30.
On the other hand, Filipinos from these countries can be accepted using government or non-government flights, repatriation flights, or biyanhan flights.
BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said general travel restrictions remain in place and tourists are not yet allowed to enter.
“According to the decisions of the Interagency Task Force, at present, only Filipinos, Balikbayans and foreigners with valid and current visas from Green or Yellow List countries are allowed to enter the Philippines,” he said in a statement.
If it is part of the permitted categories, those from green or yellow countries can be accepted, according to established quarantine and testing protocols as implemented by the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ).
On the other hand, the states and jurisdictions included in the “green” list are American Samoa, Bhutan, Chad, China (Mainland), Comoros, Ivory Coast (Ivory Coast), Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Federated States of Micronesia, and Guinea. Guinea-Bissau, Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region of China), India, Indonesia, Japan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, Mali, Marshall Islands, Montserrat and Morocco.
The green list also includes Namibia, Niger, Northern Mariana Islands, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Paraguay, Rwanda, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Pierre, Miquelon, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Saint Eustatius, South Africa, Sudan and Taiwan. Togo, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
“All other countries, territories and jurisdictions not on the green and red lists are on the yellow list,” said Roque.
Meanwhile, the IATF-EID also accepted the State Department’s recommendation to accept or recognize national vaccination certificates for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) for Australia, Czech Republic, Georgia, India, Japan, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Turkey and Samoa.
Roque said vaccine certificates can be used for quarantine protocols on arrival, as well as for movement between regions or within a region.
“The above recommendation is in addition to those other countries/territories/jurisdictions in which the IATF has already approved proof of vaccinations for recognition in the Philippines, and without prejudice to proof of other IATF approved vaccinations for all incoming travelers,” said Roque. .
Roque said the Quarantine Office, the Department of Transportation’s Consolidated Center and the Bureau of Immigration will be tasked with identifying only IATF-EID-approved vaccination guides. (with Ferdinand Patiño / Palestinian National Authority)