PH includes France in ‘red list’ countries from Dec. 10 to 15

By CNN Philippines Staff

The government is set to tighten restrictions on travelers coming from France, which has been included in the “red list” countries, or areas deemed high-risk for COVID-19.

Malacañang announced the Inter-Agency Task Force’s decision on Wednesday, which would be effective from Dec. 10 to 15.

Passengers who have been to France within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines from Dec. 10 to 12 shall be required to undergo facility-based quarantine for two weeks, acting presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles said.

They will also be mandated to undergo RT-PCR testing on the 7th day, with day one being the date of arrival. But even with a negative test result, the completion of the quarantine period is required, Nograles added.

From Dec. 13 to 15, passengers coming from or who have been to France within the last 14 days will not be allowed entry to the Philippines regardless of their vaccination status.

Malacañang said only Filipinos returning to the country via repatriation and Bayanihan flights may be permitted entry. This is subject to existing testing and quarantine protocols for red list areas.

“As with all international inbound travel, the testing and quarantine protocols for minors shall follow the testing and quarantine protocols of the parent/guardian traveling with them, regardless of the minor’s vaccination status,” it added.

Unless symptomatic, only children aged three and below will not be required to present negative RT-PCR test result before boarding the flight.

The Palace also clarified that those who merely transited France will not be covered by the restrictions if they didn’t leave the airport and weren’t cleared by immigration authorities to enter the European nation. However, they will still be asked to comply with other applicable rules upon arrival in the Philippines.

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