Malacañang announced that Grenada, Papua New Guinea, Serbia and Slovenia have been added to the so-called Red List countries, barring travelers from these countries from entering the Philippines from September 19, 2021.
Presidency spokesman Harry Roque made the announcement amid the growing number of cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country.
In a statement released on Friday morning, September 17, Roque said that the entry ban on travelers from the said four countries would last until September 30, 2021.
Prior to that, the government identified nine countries on the red list. They are as follows:
- North Macedonia
- St. LUCIA
The Interagency Working Group (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has classified the Red List countries / jurisdictions / territories as “high risk” based on the following parameters
- For populations greater than 100,000, the incidence rate should be greater than 500
- For populations under 100,000, the number of COVID-19 cases must be over 500 and the rate of testing in the past 28 days per 100,000 population
Incoming international travelers, regardless of their immunization status, will not be permitted to enter the Philippines. Only Filipinos returning to the country via government initiated repatriation, uninitiated government repatriation and Bayanihan flights may be allowed entry, subject to entry, testing and quarantine protocols.
Green and yellow lists
The IATF has also updated the countries on the green list:
- American Samoa
- Burkina Faso
- Cayman Islands
- Republic of Congo
- Equatorial Guinea
- Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
- Hong Kong
- Federated States of Micronesia
- New Caledonia
- New Zealand
- Northern Mariana Islands
- Saba (special municipality of the Kingdom of the Netherlands)
- Saint Pierre and Miquelon
- Sierra Leone
- the Cook Islands
- Marshall Islands
- North Korea
- Saint Helena
- The Solomon Islands
Meanwhile, countries, jurisdictions and territories that are not on the red or green lists are placed on the “yellow list”.
The IATF has classified the Yellow List countries / jurisdictions / territories as “moderate risk” based on the following parameters:
- For populations greater than 100,000, the incidence rate should be 50 to 500
- For populations under 100,000, the number of COVID-19 cases will be 50 to 500; and the rate of test tests in the past 28 days per 100,000 population
Incoming international travelers, regardless of their immunization status, from or with a travel history within the last 14 days prior to arriving in the Philippines from Yellow List states will be governed by entry protocols, test and quarantine.
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