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Foreigners now required to show proof of vaccination before entry to PH by Feb. 16

/ 02:08 PM January 14, 2022
A medical assistant prepares a syringe with the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine for children at a vaccination centre set up at a car dealership in Iserlohn, western Germany, on January 5, 2022, amid the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. - The owner of the car dealership, Arne Olsen, has temporarily set up a vaccination centre with a team of doctors and nurses at his dealership and has had several hundred people vaccinated since the start in December. As many people as possible are to be vaccinated by the second week of January. (Photo by Ina FASSBENDER / AFP)

FILE A medical assistant prepares a syringe with the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine. (Photo by Ina FASSBENDER / AFP)

MANILA, Philippines — Foreign nationals will be required to present proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 before their entry to the Philippines starting Feb. 16, 2022, Malacañang said Friday.

The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases approved this new protocol for the entry of foreign nationals in the country, Cabinet Secretary and acting presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles said in a Palace briefing.

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“Beginning Feb. 16, 2022, proof of full vaccination shall be made a requirement for entry of all foreign nationals allowed to enter the Philippines,” he said, citing IATF Resolution No. 157.

But Nograles said the following are exempted from the requirement:

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  • children below the age of 18
  • people medically unable to receive the vaccine, as certified by a competent public health authority in the country or port of origin
  • foreign diplomats and their qualified dependents or 9(e) visa holders

The Department of Transportation (DOTr), through the Civil Aeronautics Board, is tasked to mandate the airlines to require foreign nationals traveling to the Philippines to present proof of full vaccination prior to boarding flights to any points in the Philippines, according to the resolution.

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