The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has recently announced that it will allow fully vaccinated individuals to travel between provinces without the need to present a negative swab test result.
Under the IATF-EID Resolution No. 124-5, fully vaccinated citizens will only need to present their vaccination cards for interzonal travel as well as for intrazonal movement.
Fully vaccinated is defined as someone who has more than or equal to 2 weeks after having received the second dose in a 2-dose vaccine; or more than or equal to 2 weeks after having received a single-dose vaccine
Fully vaccinated travelers are still required to undergo health and exposure screening protocols upon arrival at their destinations and to strictly follow the minimum health standards set by the government.
Here are some destinations and local government units (LGUs) that will now accept vaccination cards in lieu of RT-PCR tests.
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Baguio is the first destination that announced that it will allow fully vaccinated tourists to enter the city without a negative RT-PCR or Rapid Antigen test result.
Negros Occidental (Except Bacolod City)
Cauayan City, Isabela
*Surigao del Norte including Siargao was previously included in this post but the LGU has recalled the memorandum and announced that it will still require a negative RT-PCR test result for arriving passengers.
This is a developing story. We will update this post from time to time. If you know any other destination or LGU that is now accepting vaccine cards in lieu of negative swab test results, please mention it in the comment below.
Glen Nomad is a travel blogger and the founder of Escape Manila. He has visited all the 81 provinces in the Philippines and has explored 30 countries across Asia, Latin America, East Africa, and Australia. Follow him on IG at @escapemanila