At the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.


Bello pushes for 7-day quarantine for vaccinated OFWs


MANILA – The chief of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has pushed for a shortened, 7-day quarantine period for vaccinated Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) returning to the Philippines.

DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello made the suggestion to the Inter Agency Task Force.

“I will try on Thursday if it is possible for vaccinated OFWs to undergo a shortened quarantine period,” Bello said in Filipino on Tuesday (June 22).

“I might be able to negotiate a 7-day quarantine. I think we might be allowed a 7-day quarantine period,” he added.

The government has already allowed a 5-day quarantine period for vaccinated travelers, however, the latest decision did not include OFWs arriving in the country.

Currently, OFWs are required to undergo a 10-day quarantine period, and must take a swab test on the seventh day of their arrival in the country.

They must also undergo home quarantine for a further four days, making the quarantine period a total of 14 days.

However, OFWs coming from the UAE, India, Pakistan, Oman, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal will not be able to enter the Philippines until June 30 as part of an extended entry ban due to Covid-19.

Travelers with a history of travel from any of the seven countries in the last 14 days prior to their trip to the Philippines will also be denied entry. Only OFWs and Filipinos on repatriation flights will be exempted from the entry ban. FAY/Expat Media

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