By Teddy Cambosa

The Philippines’ Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has announced 45 new countries that are placed on the ‘green’ list, meaning that no facility-based quarantine will be further required from travelers coming for this countries, but the passenger is enjoined to self-monitor for any symptoms until the fourteenth (14th) day with the first day being the date of arrival.

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The updates list of ‘green list’ nations include China, Algeria, American Samoa, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Cook Islands, Eritrea, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region of China), Kiribati, Madagascar, Mali, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and Montserrat.

In addition, the countries of Nauru, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Niue, North Korea, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Poland, Saba (Special Municipality of the Kingdom of Netherlands), Saint Helena, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Sint Eustatius, Solomon Islands, Sudan, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tokelau, and Tonga.

Furthermore, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, and Yemen are added in the list.

“The IATF approved and released its updated Red, Green, and Yellow List effective November 1 until November 15, 2021,” Roque, who concurrently serves as IATF-EID spokesperson, said in a press statement.

Only Latvia remained on the ‘red list’, meaning travelers from their country are barred from entering the Philippines.

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Those countries who are not mentioned in the IATF announcement remain under the ‘yellow list’ classification, meaning travelers from these countries need to undergo undergo facility-based quarantine until the release of their negative Reverse Transcription – Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) testing taken on the fifth (5th) day. After which, they shall be required to undergo home quarantine until their tenth (10th) day, with the day of arrival being the first day.

Teddy Cambosa is a graduating BS Biology student and a former campus journalist at Batangas State University