ZAMBOANGA CITY will no longer require a negative RT-PCR test result for fully-vaccinated inbound travelers starting Feb. 16, joining most other urban centers nationwide in easing border restrictions. 

Apart from the vaccination card, all those entering through air, sea and land borders will be required to present an S-Pass permit, which can be obtained online, the city government said in a statement on Tuesday.

Unvaccinated travelers, on the other hand, must submit a negative RT-PCR test result taken from the place of origin within 120 hours or five days from specimen collection.

Those coming from areas with higher alert level status, including fully-vaccinated individuals, are required to present a negative antigen test result secured from any Department of Health-accredited laboratory within 24 hours from the time of specimen collection. 

The city, the main gateway in southwestern Mindanao, will remain under Alert Level 3 until the end of the month, based on the national task force’s latest resolution on alert classifications. — MSJ