No more quarantine for fully vaccinated foreign travellers arriving in Davao City

 Saturday, February 12, 2022 


Fully vaccinated international flight passengers travelling to Davao City will no longer be required to undergo facility-based quarantine, in accordance with the Interagency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).

City Tourism Operations Office (CTOO) Head and Airport Monitoring Head Generose Tecson told in a phone interview on Friday, February 11, that the order applies to both Filipino tourists and residents, and foreign tourists from visa-free countries effective Thursday, February 10.

Tecson said they must secure a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test taken within 48 hours prior to departure from the country of origin. Upon arrival, they need to present a verified vaccination status.

She said partially vaccinated or unvaccinated passengers will still be accepted, but they would be required to undergo a 14-day hotel-based facility quarantine.

The official said this is a positive development as this would bring in more tourists to the city.

She added that the city is intensifying its tourism promotion. The official said the city will be participating in the International Travel Fair in Cebu from February 18 to 20.

While Tecson is uncertain if the city would expect more tourists in the city with the incoming Araw ng Dabaw celebration and the summer season.

She, however, said that many international flights are traveling to the Philippines via the Francisco Bangoy International Airport (Davao International Airport).

Currently, only direct international flights from Dubai and Singapore are operational. No airlines from other countries had manifested to revive their direct flights to the city.

She said the city caters to an estimated 700 international flight passengers a week. This is a huge difference from the pre-pandemic figure.

The official explained that the airport’s capacity in catering foreign flight passengers is not enough to cater to more passengers.

Tecson also said the city’s tourism sector is also improving following the decreasing downtrend of covid-19 active cases.

She urged both foreign and domestic tourists to continue to adhere to health protocols to prevent transmission of the coronavirus while travelling.

In a Laging Handa public briefing Thursday, February 10, 2022, acting presidential spokesperson Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said foreign spouses and/or children of Filipino citizens and former Filipino citizens with balikbayan privilege, including their foreign spouse and/or children who are not balikbayans and who are traveling with them to the Philippines, are exempted from showing return tickets no later than 30 days from date of arrival.

He said foreign nationals coming from visa-free countries who intend to stay beyond 30 days for purposes other than tourism or leisure may enter the Philippines through an entry exemption document issued under existing Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) rules and regulations.

On the other hand, foreign spouses and children of Filipino citizens who are not nationals of EO 408 countries, whether or not traveling with said Filipino citizen, or who came from visa-required countries, or who are restricted foreign nationals, may enter the country without the need for an entry exemption document provided they have been issued a 9(a) visa with the appropriate visa notation, said Nograles.

Davao City COVID-19 Task Force Spokesperson Dr. Michelle Schlosser said the relaxed restrictions in air travel would still depend on the compliance of the public in the minimum health protocols.

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