DOTr: No public rides for those unvaccinated in NCR, with exemptions


The Department of Transportation implemented a “No Vaccination, No Ride/No Entry in Public Transport Policy” across Metro Manila.

President Rodrigo Duterte issued an order to limit the movement of people who are still unvaccinated against the COVID-19 in NCR. The DOTr enforced the policy as ordered. 

Said policy will be in effect while the COVID-19 Alert Level 3 or higher still remains in Metro Manila, which is determined by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF).

Metro Manila Council, consisting of all the mayors of NCR, also issued a resolution that urges various local government units of Metro Manila to pass their respective ordinances as per the President’s order. 

“All concerned attached agencies and sectoral offices of DOTr are directed to ensure that operators of public transportation shall allow access or issue tickets only to ‘fully vaccinated persons’ as evidenced by a physical or digital copies of an LGU (local government unit)-issued vaccine card, or any IATF-prescribed document, with a valid government-issued ID with picture and address,” stated in the DOTr department order.

Based on the issued policy, a person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their second dose in a 2-dose vaccination series (Pfizer, Moderna, etc.) or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen).

However, there are a few exemptions from this policy, which are listed down below: 

  • Persons with medical conditions that prevent their full COVID-19 vaccination as shown by a duly-signed medical certificate with the name and contact details of their doctor.
  • Persons who will buy essential goods and services, such as but not limited to food, water, medicine, medical devices, public utilities, energy, work, and medical and dental necessities, as shown by a duly issued barangay health pass or other proof to justify the travel.

Otherwise, violating the policy is considered violating applicable general safety and health provisions.