Status Of Quarantines In The Philippines

Status Of Quarantines In The Philippines

UPDATE August 18, 2020

Passing this message along from the US Embassy:
Metro Manila and Four Nearby Provinces Move To General Community Quarantine (GCQ) while the Rest of the Country Remains under Modified GCQ.
On August 17, Philippine President Duterte approved the recommendation of Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to place the following areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) from August 19 to August 31:
  • Luzon – National Capital Region (Metro Manila), and provinces of Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Batangas, and Quezon
  • Visayas – Cities of Iloilo, Cebu, Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue, and Talisay; and Cebu Province: Municipalities of Minglanilla and Consolacion
The rest of the country is under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ).
For quarantine classification protocols and regulation, please visit http://www.covid19.gov.ph/ecq-gcq-guidelines/.

Local Government Units (LGUs), i.e. cities and municipalities in the National Capital Region, may still have curfews in effect to limit exposure to the COVID-19 virus. Some provinces have implemented their own community quarantines. Domestic travel (land, air, and sea) remains restricted. If you live in an area that has imposed a local curfew ordinance or similar community quarantine, please plan your activities and travel accordingly and monitor the relevant LGU’s website for their rules and regulations. ​

The temporary travel ban on arriving foreign nationals that was implemented on March 22, 2020 by the Philippine government is still in effect. Please visit the Department of Foreign Affairs website here and the Philippine Bureau of Immigration website for updates and advisories.

Please comply with local quarantine requirements and strictly follow local authorities. Regardless of location, U.S. citizens are encouraged to continue to practice proper anti-virus safety protocols, such as frequent hand washing and social distancing.

Be Aware of Scams:

Most recently, the Department of Interior Local Government of Central Luzon warned of a scam involving callers posing as contact tracers. According to the DILG's post, the scam involves a suspect calling a victim and telling them that they are a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. The suspect will refuse to divulge information on the alleged COVID-19 case, raising privacy laws.

The suspect then tells the victim that they need to get tested and asks for the victim's mailing address, explaining that the alleged testing kit will be sent to the victim by mail. If the victim gives their address, the suspect will ask for the victim's credit card details, claiming that the testing kit is worth USD 50 (PHP 2,453.10). If the victim refuses, the suspect will threaten the victim of penalties for not complying.

PSA notes that, under the expanded testing guidelines, PCR testing of close contacts of COVID-19 cases is covered by the government (up to a certain amount). Testing is also done in laboratories or proper healthcare settings by a licensed professional.

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