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Updated October 2022
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After closing its borders to international travellers for nearly two years, the Philippines currently welcomes international arrivals. This means Saudi residents can now visit the Philippines’ capital city of Manila for both leisure and other purposes. Let’s familiarize ourselves with the latest travel guidelines and restrictions on travelling from Riyadh to Manila.
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Riyadh to Manila cheap flights & schedules
Cheap flights from Riyadh to Manila are now fully operational allowing travellers from Riyadh and the KSA to travel to Manila subject to the arrival procedures mandated by the Philippine Government.
Emirates Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Saudia, Qatar Airways, and Gulf Air are some of the available carriers currently servicing direct and non-direct flights from Riyadh to Manila. They also offer the cheapest rates for roundtrip tickets.
Note: All prices are for the month of November-December 2022 and are accurate at the time of writing
Riyadh – Manila: 1 direct flight available all days of the week. Roundtrip tickets start from SAR 5,577.
Riyadh – Manila: Up to 2 direct flights available most days of the week. Roundtrip tickets start from SAR 3,181.
Riyadh – Manila: Up to 5 connecting flights available all days of the week. Roundtrip tickets start from SAR 4,067.
Riyadh – Manila: Up to 2 connecting flights available all days of the week. Roundtrip tickets start from SAR 3,219.
Riyadh – Manila: Up to 2 connecting flights available 3 days of the week. Roundtrip tickets start from SAR 4,172.
Riyadh to Manila flight time
A direct flight from Dubai to Manila typically takes between 9 to 12 hours to complete. Non-direct flights can take anywhere between 17 to 31 hours.
Riyadh to the Philippines requirements
The latest travel and entry requirements to the Philippines are as follows.
Earlier the Philippine government had announced that One Health Pass no longer applies in lieu of the eArrival card. However, as of now, the authorities have now ruled out the requirement to fill out the eArrival card before boarding a flight to the Philippines as a “scan-and-go” system will instead be implemented. However, the government would set up special lanes in the country’s gateways for those who want to comply with the eArrival card. Please do refer to our eArrival Card article below for the latest development.
Filipino nationals may travel to the Philippines without any restrictions on their vaccination status. Unvaccinated foreign nationals will not be accepted for travel to the Philippines.
Travellers are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 under the following conditions:
- Received the complete dose of a vaccine at least 14 days before travel
- The vaccine administered was included in any of the following: Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) List, Compassionate Special Permit (CSP) issued by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration or Emergency Use Listing of the World Health Organization
The following categories of passengers are exempt from the vaccination requirement:
- Children below 12 years old
- Passengers medically unable to receive the vaccine, as certified by a competent public health authority in the country/port of origin
- Foreign diplomats and their qualified dependents or 9(e) visa holders
Passengers must present any of the following proof of vaccination at check-in and upon arrival:
- World Health Organization International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis
- National or state digital certificate of the country/foreign government
Fully vaccinated travellers
RT PCR or antigen testing is no longer required for all vaccinated and boosted passengers (whether foreign nationals or Filipinos) if they belong to the following criteria:
- Passengers 18 years and above who have received their primary COVID‑19 vaccine and at least one (1) booster shot.
- Passengers 12 to 17 years of age who have received their primary COVID‑19 vaccine.
- Passengers below 12 years old, regardless of their vaccination status, who are accompanied by their parents or guardians.
Unvaccinated/partially vaccinated travellers
All unvaccinated Filipino passengers, including those partially unvaccinated or whose vaccination status cannot be validated, must present a negative RT‑PCR result for a test taken at least 48 hours before departure) or an antigen test taken at least 24 hours before departure). These passengers shall undergo facility-based quarantine until the release of their RT‑PCR test result taken on the fifth day from the date of arrival.
Filipino nationals who have recovered from COVID-19 but test positive in the pre-departure RT PCR or antigen test may be accepted for travel if they are able to present the following documents:
- A positive RT PCR test certificate for a test taken at least 10 days but not more than 30 days before the date and time of departure from the country of origin/port of embarkation
- A positive RT PCR test result for a test taken not more than 48 hours before departure from the country of origin/first port of embarkation in a continuous travel to the Philippines, excluding layovers; provided that they have not left the airport premises or have not been admitted into another country during such a layover
- A medical certificate issued by a licensed physician stating that the Filipino national:
- was an asymptomatic, mild, moderate, severe or critical case of COVID 19
- has completed the mandatory isolation period
- is no longer infectious
- has been allowed free movement and travel
Fully vaccinated passengers will no longer be required to undergo facility‑based quarantine.
All unvaccinated passengers, including children between 12 and 17 years old, must undergo facility‑based quarantine until the release of a negative COVID‑19 RT‑PCR test result for a test taken on day 5 of quarantine.
Unvaccinated children below 12 years old who are travelling with their Filipino parent must follow the entry, testing, and quarantine protocols that apply to their parent.