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The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) updated the list of countries included in the Philippines’ COVID-19 Red List, adding Grenada, Papua New Guinea, Serbia, and Slovenia, Malacañang announced Friday.
The IATF released a new list of countries, jurisdictions, and territories included in the red, yellow, and green classifications. Travel bans are imposed on passengers from the red countries which are considered high risk, meaning more than 500 cases of COVID-19 are recorded in every 100,000 population in the last 28 days.
Vaccinated or not, travelers from red countries are not allowed to enter the Philippines. Only returning Filipinos flying through both government and non-government repatriation programs will be permitted to enter the country.
The flight ban will be effective from September 19 until 30.
Earlier, the Philippines placed eight other territories on the red list, namely Azerbaijan, Guadeloupe, Guam, Israel, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Saint Lucia, and Switzerland. Travelers from these nations are prohibited from entering the Philippines from September 12 to 18.
Meanwhile, the IATF also released the countries in the green list which includes American Samoa, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Chad, China, Comoros, Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Falkland Islands (Malvinas) and Gabon, Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region of China), Hungary, Madagascar, Mali, Federated States of Micronesia, Montserrat, and New Caledonia. These countries have low COVID-19 risk based on the incidence rate.
New Zealand, Niger, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Poland, Saba (Special Municipality of the Kingdom of Netherlands), Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Sierra Leone, Sint Eustatius, and Taiwan are also on the green list.
Algeria, Bhutan, Cook Islands, Eritrea, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Nicaragua, Niue, North Korea, Saint Helena, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tokelau, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Yemen are also low-risk countries.
All other territories not mentioned are in the yellow list, which means they are classified as countries with moderate risk of the disease.