The Philippine government is implementing stricter quarantine and testing procedures for all arriving passengers, effective immediately, under a new directive from the Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19.
Upon arrival, all passengers will undergo a swab test (RT PCR Covid 19 testing) to be performed by trained personnel from the (BOQ).
While awaiting test results, passengers must stay either in a government-designated stringent quarantine facility or in a BOQ approved quarantine hotel.
Payment for accommodation in a government-designated quarantine facility shall be based on the following guidelines:
1. For land-based OFWs, the cost shall be shouldered by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration;
2. For sea-based OFWs, cost shall be shouldered by the Maritime Industry Authority or by the local manning agency;
3. All other travelers (Filipino or foreign nationals), who are non-OFWs, will pay for the cost of their accommodation.
Accommodation in a BOQ-approved quarantine hotel will be to passengers’ own cost, regardless if they are OFWs or not.
Travelers whose test results are positive will be transferred to a designated hospital for further medical management.
Travelers whose test results are negative will be allowed to move out and undergo a 14-day quarantine at home or at an appropriate local monitoring facility.
For more details and information on these new requirements and related concerns, you may call the government’s One Stop Shop hotline number +63 9161019964.
These new procedures and requirements are meant to protect your health and safety.