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Updated 27 April 2022

With the pandemic making travel difficult and confusing, the countries have adopted different rules and regulations to tackle the transmissible virus. The government of the Philippines also mandates strict testing measures across its borders to safeguard public health. 

One of those measures is the RT-PCR test, considered the most effective and widely used detection measure of COVID-19. Here are the latest PCR test entry requirements in the Philippines that you should be aware of.

PCR testing requirements in the Philippines

Fully vaccinated travellers

Fully vaccinated nationals, who can show their proof of vaccination can enter the country by presenting a

  • Negative RT-PCR test result taken within 48 hours prior to departure from the country of origin OR
  • Negative laboratory-based Antigen test result taken within 24 hours prior to departure from the country of origin

Foreign nationals entering the Philippines will be required to self-monitor for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 until day-7 of their arrival. Proof of vaccination is not required for children who are 12 years and below. Children below 3 years are exempt from COVID-19 testing.

Unvaccinated/partially vaccinated/unverified travellers

Foreign Nationals who are unable to present a proof of vaccination to enter the Philippines will have to undergo a facility-based quarantine until the release of their negative results on day-5 of their isolation.

Those who cannot present their proof of vaccination can enter the country by presenting a

  • Negative RT-PCR test result taken within 48 hours prior to departure from the country of origin OR
  • Negative laboratory-based Antigen test result taken within 24 hours prior to departure from the country of origin
  • Undergoing 5th day swabbing while in quarantine

COVID-19 recovered arrivals

Fully recovered nationals with a positive RT-PCR pre-departure test results will need the following documents for entry to the Philippines:

  • Positive RT-PCR test result taken within 48 hours prior to departure from the country of origin
  • Medical Certificate from a licensed physician stating that the traveler:
    • was an asymptomatic, mild, moderate, severe or critical case of COVID-19
    • has completed the mandatory isolation period
    • is no longer infectious; and
    • has been allowed free movement/travel
  • Positive RT-PCR test taken 10-30 days prior to departure from the country of origin.

What about testing at the airport?

Currently, there is no testing mandated at any Philippine airport.

Testing in quarantine

Fully vaccinated travellers

Fully vaccinated travellers arriving in the Philippines are not required to quarantine. They are advised to self-monitor their health for 7 days after arriving into the country.

Unvaccinated/partially vaccinated/unverified travellers

Those who cannot present their proof of vaccination must undergo

  • Facility-based quarantine until the release of the negative results
  • 5th day swabbing
  • Self-monitor for any sign or symptom until the 14th day from arrival

Unvaccinated minors

  • Children below 12 years old who cannot be vaccinated shall follow the quarantine protocols of the parent/s or the accompanying adult/guardian traveling with them.
  • Filipino nationals from 12 years to 17 years old shall follow the classification and procedures based on their vaccination status
  • Foreign or Filipino parents can accompany the minor during their facility-based quarantine.

 

 

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