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Updated 8 July 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.

The following category of vaccinated foreign nationals are exempt from PCR testing:

  • Individuals who are 18 and above and have received the primary series of a COVID-19 vaccine, and at least one COVID-19 booster dose.
  • Minors between the ages 12 to 17 who are fully vaccinated.
  • Minors below 12, regardless of their vaccination status, who are accompanied by their parents or guardians who are fully vaccinated with a booster dose.
  • Children below 3 years old.

Unvaccinated/partially vaccinated/unverified travellers

Foreign nationals (except foreign diplomats) who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, and those whose vaccination status cannot be verified are currently not permitted to travel to the Philippines.

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; OR positive Antigen test taken within 24 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 (not applicable to children below 3 years).

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

Filipino nationals 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 foreign nationals (except foreign diplomats) are currently not permitted to travel to the Philippines.

Unvaccinated minors

Unaccompanied Filipino minors who are not vaccinated and between the age of 13 – 17 will need to undergo on-arrival testing and quarantine.

 

 

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