Do you miss the road, the sea, and the beach? Now that quarantine measures are easing off, you can now experience leisure trips once again. Plan your escapade in the right way by being updated on the recent travel guidelines in the Philippines.
On the other hand, you need to know who are the people whom you can bring to your next travel before we dwell on the travel guidelines. Leisure trips are more fun when spent with your loved ones, right? Nonetheless, it is not only the quarantine measures that are abating, but also the age brackets permitted for mobility. In fact, the vulnerable group including the children and seniors can now experience again the outside world.
Start Your Immunity Journey Today:
7. Travel Guidelines in the Philippines 2021 – YOU ARE HERE
Travel Guidelines on Senior Citizens
Do you want to go to your very first road trip? How about traveling with your grandparents?
The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID or IATF) has given a recent mandate on this. The IATF Resolution No. 124-B allows the intrazonal and interzonal movement of senior citizens. However, there are certain travel protocols that need to be followed. First, all traveling senior citizens must be fully vaccinated. Hence, presenting a COVID-19 domestic vaccination card is a requirement. The vaccine card must be authentic coming from a legitimate vaccination center or establishment. Nonetheless, an alternative to the vaccine card/passport is a certificate of quarantine completion showing the vaccine status of the holder from the Bureau of Quarantine. Finally, all senior citizens should still observe the minimum public health standards. The health standards include social distancing, wearing of face masks and face shields, and frequent handwashing.
To date, there are already 2,655,403 senior citizens (A2) who have received their first dose while 915, 593 of them have completed the 2-dose series. This is based on the vaccine statistics from the Department of Health as of July 12, 2021. Therefore, if you think your grandma and grandpa haven’t had their jab yet, you may check here to see the nearby vaccination sites.
Travel Guidelines on Children
Despite the nationwide vaccine rollout in the country, there are still no available vaccine shots for the children below 18 years old. Nevertheless, the IATF recently gave a resolution stating that all children as young as 5 years old can now visit outdoor areas. However, this is only applicable to the areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) and Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ).
On the other hand, the Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque clarified that the travel guidelines prohibit children to go in mixed-use buildings such as malls. Hence, he further explained that the limit for outdoor areas are the “parks, playgrounds, beaches, biking and hiking trails, outdoor tourist sites and attractions as may be defined by the Department of Tourism, outdoor non-contact sports courts and venues, and al fresco dining establishments. In addition, adults must supervise their children while observing the minimum public health standards, such as wearing of face masks and social distancing,”
If you are planning to go on a beach with your kids, then you are up on the go! However, you should still check the health protocols of the respective local government unit (LGU) that you are going to visit because they might have a different set of travel guidelines to follow.
Full Vaccination Status Criteria
How do we know if a person has been vaccinated fully? There are three (3) specific criteria stating that an individual has a full vaccination status.
If a person has been inoculated with 2-dose series type of vaccine, then he is considered fully vaccinated upon receipt of its 2nd dose in more than or equal to 2 weeks. Likewise, it is the same for people who have received a single-dose type of vaccine.
Lastly, the administered vaccine should be included in the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) List. Another one is from the Compassionate Special Permit (CSP) of the Philippine Food and Drug Administration. Otherwise, the vaccines from the Emergency Use Listing of the World Health Organization are also accepted.
Travel Guidelines in the Philippines that you need to know
Travel guidelines are now easing off when the vaccine rollout in the Philippines has been administered nationwide. Thus, the more people have their vaccination, the more we are closer to achieving a herd immunity. Having a herd immunity means going back to our normal lives without fears.
On Intrazonal Travel
Based on the Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines, intrazonal travel is basically moving in an area that has the same quarantine classification. For example, moving from one GCQ area to another GCQ area.
There is a specific travel guideline for the fully vaccinated person who has been in close contact to a COVID-19 case. Their quarantine period will only be for a week (7 days). This is only applicable if they will remain asymptomatic. Nevertheless, it’s the LGU’s final call to test these individuals. Harry Roque noted that tests should be “not earlier than the fifth day after the date of the last exposure.”
On Interzonal Travel
According to the Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines, interzonal travel refers to the movement between areas that have different quarantine classifications.
Both the intrazonal and interzonal travel guidelines pertinent to IATF resolutions state that travelers will still undergo health and exposure screening upon arrival to their destination. Nonetheless, having a COVID-19 test prior or upon arrival is not necessary. This means that IATF has pursued travel guideline alternatives such as securing vaccination records or certificates of quarantine completion. However, it is still better to ask the respective local government unit regarding their health measures.
A Vaccinated Community is a Safe Community
Are you still hesitant to take your first jab? Look at the benefits it gives you aside from having the optimal protection from the virus! Fully vaccinated people can now live life without apprehension. Moreover, they have the chance to travel in leisure. With the continuous easing of the travel guidelines, vaccination has never been this rewarding.
Furthermore, you are being part of making your community safe. In Camella Manors, we ensure that your health and safety are our priority. We have health provisions for our ready for occupancy projects. Our RFO condo projects are Camella Manors Bacolod, Camella Manors Verdant, and Northpoint Davao. These health provisions include the standard temperature check and the installation of alcohol dispensers in the common areas for every tenant and guest. Above all, we still mandate the wearing of face masks in the community and the practice of social distancing.
Imagine living in a space where everyone is safe. Get vaccinated now and strengthen your future community at Camella Manors.