The Department of Tourism (DOT) is in favor of shortening the quarantine period for fully vaccinated travelers, which was a call made by President Rodrigo Duterte recently. The DOT says the shortening of the quarantine period is a crucial step towards the resumption of international travel once borders reopen.

The DOT has been pushing for this move since May 2021, thus the setting up of green lane circuits  with countries that have zero to low COVID-19 transmission, according to Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat. 

“The Department of Tourism (DOT) stands squarely behind the call of President Duterte to shorten the quarantine period for fully vaccinated travelers. This is a crucial step towards the eventual resumption of international travel once our borders reopen, leading to the recovery of the pandemic-hit sector,” Puyat said. 

Currently, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) still requires a seven-day quarantine inside a quarantine facility for fully vaccinated inbound travelers who already stayed for 14 days in “green” listed countries prior to arrival in the Philippines. 

On the other hand, travelers coming from “yellow risk” countries, whether fully vaccinated or not, must undergo a ten-day facility-based quarantine and four-day home quarantine. 

“This move to ease quarantine restrictions is also important to our kababayans who have been longing to be reunited with their families as the holiday season approaches. We also recognize the financial burden of isolating in hotels for a long period of time,” Puyat said. 

“This is a welcome development that brings us closer to safely reopening our country to international travelers. Tourism had been a major driver of the Philippine economy until the pandemic shut down the global travel industry in 2020,” she added. 

Puyat reiterated that strict implementation of the minimum health and safety protocols, such as mask-wearing and physical distancing measures, must remain in place. 

“Again, we must emphasize that reopening our tourist destinations should not be at the expense of the health and safety of everyone concerned,” reminded Puyat.