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Updated 2 November 2021
The Philippines has a lot to offer intrepid adventurers, from bustling cities to breathtaking beaches and mountains. Its stunning natural beauty and undoubtedly pleasant people make the Philippines a country that’s easy to fall in love with.
The Philippines had earlier imposed a ban on India, which was then extended to the other nine nations with Delta variant instances. President Rodrigo Duterte has accepted the COVID-19 task force’s recommendation to ease the current travel restrictions on India, allowing travel from India to the Philippines to partially resume. Here’s all you need to know about travelling from India to the Philippines.
Can I travel to the Philippines from India?
Yes, you can, if you’re travelling for essential reasons or if you hold a valid residency visa and other recognized certificates. Note that the Philippines is not currently open for tourism.
India is currently categorized in the Philippines yellow list of countries. Countries in the yellow list are those not considered high risk and thus travellers from India arriving for essential reasons may still be permitted entry.
Philippines entry requirements
All travellers must register to the Bureau of Quarantine e-Health Declaration Card (e-HDC), including children, before travelling to the Philippines. Travellers must declare their personal information, health status, and travel history and register as early as 24 hours before the flight.
After completing the e-HDC registration, a QR code will be produced. When you arrive, this QR code will be used to check your quarantine status, RT PCR results, and quarantine release certificates. Additionally, the following are also required:
- All Philippine Airports require arrivals to download and instal the Traze mobile app to produce and scan their QR code upon entry, boarding form, and landing
- Immigrations Arrival Card (this form is available onboard and on arrival)
- Customs Declaration Form (this form is available on arrival)
Testing and quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers
The vaccines accepted in the Philippines are:
- Oxford-AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience)
- Moderna (Spikevax)
- Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty)
- Sinopharm and Sinovac.
- Sputnik V
- Sputnik Light
Fully vaccinated international arrivals from India, including OFWs, non-OFWs, and other foreign nationals, will be subjected to the following:
- a facility-based quarantine until they receive a negative PCR test taken on the fifth day of quarantine
- quarantine at home until their 10th day of arrival if they are released from the facility-based quarantine
- travellers must have a quarantine-hotel reservation for at least six days
Testing and quarantine for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers
International arrivals arriving from India who are not vaccinated or only partially vaccinated, and those with unverified vaccination status will be subjected to the following:
- a facility-based quarantine until they receive a negative PCR test taken on the seventh day of quarantine
- quarantine at home until their fourteenth day of arrival if they are released from the facility-based quarantine
- except for OFWs, arrivals must have a quarantine-hotel reservation for at least eight days
- foreign national minors who are not fully vaccinated must carry out the aforementioned quarantine requirements; a parent/guardian must join the child in the quarantine facility for the full duration of the quarantine
In the case of foreign nationals, they will be required to secure hotel reservations for at least six days. The hotel must be approved by the Tourism and Health Agencies and listed here.
- in case of a positive test result, the BOQ shall transfer them to a designated hospital for further medical management
- if the passengers test negative, their test results will be released within 24 hours after the swab test has been taken. The Unified BOQ Quarantine Certificate is autogenerated in the “OneHealthPass” portal. Travellers can download and print this certificate through the Track Swab Test portal in the OHP website by entering the QR code reference number and last name.
If unvaccinated or partially vaccinated minors travel with their fully vaccinated parents or guardians, they must observe the quarantine protocols corresponding to their vaccination status.
A parent/guardian shall accompany the child in the quarantine facility for the entire term of the latter’s facility-based quarantine period.
India is not one of the nations that may visit the Philippines without obtaining a visa. A visa must be obtained from the Philippine Embassy or Consulate in the country of legal residency. For business, conference, training, official, and other non-leisure travel, a visa is necessary.
Flights from India to the Philippines
Air India, Philippine Airlines, Sri Lankan Airlines, and Malaysian Airlines are among the most popular airlines travelling from India to the Philippines. However, no direct routes for the months of November and December are available.