PH adds 4 other countries to the red list; 52 on the green list – Manila Bulletin

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.

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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:

  • Azerbaijan
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guam
  • Israel
  • Kosovo
  • Montenegro
  • North Macedonia
  • St. LUCIA
  • Switzerland

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:

  1. American Samoa
  2. Burkina Faso
  3. Cameroon
  4. Cayman Islands
  5. Chad
  6. China
  7. Comoros
  8. Republic of Congo
  9. Djibouti
  10. Equatorial Guinea
  11. Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
  12. Gabon
  13. Hong Kong
  14. Hungary
  15. Madagascar
  16. Mali
  17. Federated States of Micronesia
  18. Montserrat
  19. New Caledonia
  20. New Zealand
  21. Niger
  22. Northern Mariana Islands
  23. Palau
  24. Poland
  25. Saba (special municipality of the Kingdom of the Netherlands)
  26. Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  27. Sierra Leone
  28. Saint-Eustache
  29. Taiwan
  30. Algeria
  31. Bhutan
  32. the Cook Islands
  33. Eritrea
  34. Kiribati
  35. Marshall Islands
  36. Nauru
  37. Nicaragua
  38. Niue
  39. North Korea
  40. Saint Helena
  41. Samoa
  42. The Solomon Islands
  43. Sudan
  44. Syria
  45. Tajikstan
  46. Tanzania
  47. Tokelau
  48. Tonga
  49. Turkmenistan
  50. Tuvalu
  51. Vanuatu
  52. Yemen

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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