Starting November 22, the Department of Tourism (DOT) will reduce the hotel quarantine period for fully vaccinated returning overseas Filipinos, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), and balikbayans from yellow countries from five to three days.
Fully vaccinated balikbayans from yellow countries who have pre-departure testing within 72 hours only need to undergo a three-day facility-based quarantine, with testing on the third day, according to Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat. They’ll also be told to keep self-monitoring up until the 14th day after they arrive.
Those who do not have pre-departure testing will be placed in a facility-based quarantine until the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test results are released on the fifth day.
If the test is negative, the person will be released for home quarantine until the 10th day, according to the Department of Transportation.
Unvaccinated visitors must be quarantined in a facility for seven days, with testing on the seventh day, and then quarantined at home for the next 14 days if the test results are negative.
“This latest development will greatly contribute to the ongoing recovery of the tourism sector this holiday season while also providing more time to those who want to return home to be with their loved ones in the Philippines,” Romulo-Puyat said.
Quarantine shortened for vaccinated OFWs, balikbayans: DOT|Philippine News Agency