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Itching To Vacay? The IATF Is Easing Local Travel Restrictions

Here's what you need to know before you pack your bags.
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Good news, turista! If you've been dying to go on a holiday, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) is easing requirements for local travel.

In a virtual briefing, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque shared that the IATF has approved uniform standard protocols covering all local government units (LGUs), in a bid to boost local tourism.

This means that travelers must abide by the local ordinances and rules of the cities and provinces of their destination. Under IATF Resolution No. 101, travelers must still undergo COVID-19 RT-PCR swab testing if this is a requirement of the LGU of their destination.

Moreover, travelers no longer need to get a travel authority or health certificate, nor are they required to go on quarantine upon their arrival, not unless they start showing symptoms of COVID-19.

Despite the easing of local travel protocols, the IATF emphasized the need to still maintain minimum health standards to prevent the further spread of the virus. All ports of entry must have proper isolation facilities and a referral system to transfer tourists who exhibit symptoms. 

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The Department of Science and Technology's Safe, Swift, and Smart Passage (S-PaSS) Travel Management System will also be institutionalized as a "one-stop-shop application/ communication for travelers," along with other contact tracing applications.

Stay safe and happy traveling!

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