The following are the LATEST STANDARDIZED TRAVEL PROTOCOLS for land, sea, and air transport as approved by the IATF yesterday, 26 February 2021:
1. MINIMUM PUBLIC HEALTH STANDARDS, which include physical distancing, hand hygiene, cough etiquette, and wearing of face masks and face shields among others, SHALL BE STRICTLY IMPLEMENTED across all settings.
2. Clinical and exposure assessment shall be strictly implemented in all ports of entry and exit to ensure that only asymptomatic, non-close contact individuals are allowed to travel or enter the local government unit of destination. Health assessment of passengers, supervised by medical doctors, shall be mandatory upon entry in the port/terminal and exit at point of destination.
3. TESTING SHALL NOT BE MANDATORY FOR TRAVELER, except if the LGU of destination (province, HUC, or ICC) will require testing as a requirement prior to travel, and such shall be limited to RT-PCR.
4. NO TRAVELER SHALL BE REQUIRED TO UNDERGO QUARANTINE, unless they exhibit symptoms upon arrival at the LGU of destination.
5. TRAVEL AUTHORITY issued by Joint Task Force COVID Shield AND HEALTH CERTIFICATE SHALL NO LONGER BE REQUIRED.
6. Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APORs) from national government agencies and their attached agencies must provide their identification card, travel order, and travel itinerary, and must pass symptom-screening at ports of entry and exit pursuant to IATF Resolution No. 98-A issued on 04 February 2021.
7. The Safe, Swift, and Smart Passage (S-PaSS) Travel Management System of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) shall be institutionalized as the one-stop-shop application/communication for travelers. For this purpose, a focal person from the province with respect to their municipalities and component cities, and from highly urbanized cities and independent component cities shall be assigned.
8. The StaySafe.ph System shall be utilized as the primary contact tracing system. Traze App for airports, and such other existing contact tracing applications must be integrated with the StaySafe.ph System following IATF Resolution No. 85 issued on 25 November 2020.
9. All terminals must have assigned SUFFICIENT QUARANTINE/ISOLATION FACILITIES.
10. All ports and terminals shall put in place a REFERRAL SYSTEM WHEREIN TRAVELERS WHO BECOME SYMPTOMATIC SHALL BE TRANSFERRED TO QUARANTINE/ISOLATION FACILITIES to enable the Bureau of Quarantine for airports, or local health officials in case of LGUs, to take over.
11. For the National Capital Region (NCR), ALL BUSES BOUND FOR PROVINCES SHALL BE REQUIRED TO USE THE INTEGRATED TERMINAL EXCHANGE as the central hub for transportation. No bus company or public transport shall be allowed use of their private terminals.
12. At their option, LGUs MAY PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION FOR ALL TRAVELERS WHO ARE TRANSITING FROM ONE LGU TO ANOTHER in cases of arrivals at air and seaports to their end-point destinations.
Source: Office of Transportation Security (OTS) Administrator, Undersecretary Raul del Rosario