Philippines (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 15 September, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Health test is required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Yes
Quarantine Details: Quarantine for 14 days required for all countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 14.09.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of the Philippines;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated in the Philippines, at least 14 days before arrival;
– passengers with a diplomatic passport and passengers with a 9(E) visa;
– passengers who in the past 14 days have been in and arrive from Anguilla, Australia, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cayman Isl., Chad, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Comoros, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Falkland Isl. (Malvinas), Gabon, Grenada, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Mali, Micronesia (Federated States), Montserrat, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niger, Northern Mariana Isl., Palau, Poland, Saba, Samoa (American), Sierra Leone, Slovakia, St. Eustatius or St. Pierre and Miquelon;
– nationals of Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Rep., Chad, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Dem. Rep., Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Isl., Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States), Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Norway, Oman, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., Rwanda, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Isl., South Africa, Spain, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, USA, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican City (Holy See), Venezuela, Viet Nam, Zambia or Zimbabwe, who were former nationals of the Philippines, their accompanying spouses and children.;
– British nationals who were former nationals of the Philippines, their accompanying spouses and children;
– passengers with a visa issued by the Philippines (excluding 9(A) visas);
– passengers with a 9(A) visa. They must have an endorsement document issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). Letters to the Bureau of Immigration (LBI) issued before 8 February 2021 without an expiration date are not accepted;
– passengers with an Identification Certificate (IC) or a Certificate of Re-acquisition/Retention of Philippine Citizenship (CRPC) issued by the Philippines;
– spouses, parents and children of nationals of the Philippines not traveling together with a 9(A) visa. The visa must contain the notation “EED not required per IATF Resolution No. 128 (s.2021)”.
2. Until 18 September 2021, passengers who in the past 14 days have been in Azerbaijan, Guadeloupe, Guam, Israel, Kosovo (Rep.), Montenegro, North Macedonia (Rep.), St. Lucia or Switzerland are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to nationals of the Philippines traveling on repatriation flights.
3. Passengers are not allowed to transit through Manila (MNL) when arriving from a country other than Anguilla, Australia, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cayman Isl., Chad, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Comoros, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Falkland Isl. (Malvinas), Gabon, Grenada, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Mali, Micronesia (Federated States), Montserrat, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niger, Northern Mariana Isl., Palau, Poland, Saba, Samoa (American), Sierra Leone, Slovakia, St. Eustatius or St. Pierre and Miquelon.
4. Passengers traveling to Manila (MNL) must complete the “One Health Pass” form before arrival at https://www.onehealthpass.com.ph/e-HDC/One-Registration-Platform/. This will generate a QR code which must be presented upon arrival.
5. Passengers with a diplomatic passport and passengers with a 9(E) visa, are subject to home quarantine for 10 days when arriving without a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival, and arriving from Anguilla, Australia, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cayman Isl., Chad, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Comoros, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Falkland Isl. (Malvinas), Gabon, Grenada, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Mali, Micronesia (Federated States), Montserrat, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niger, Northern Mariana Isl., Palau, Poland, Saba, Samoa (American), Sierra Leone, Slovakia, St. Eustatius or St. Pierre and Miquelon.
6. Passengers with a diplomatic passport and passengers with a 9(E) visa, are subject to home quarantine for 10 days when arriving from a country other Anguilla, Australia, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cayman Isl., Chad, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Comoros, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Falkland Isl. (Malvinas), Gabon, Grenada, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Mali, Micronesia (Federated States), Montserrat, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niger, Northern Mariana Isl., Palau, Poland, Saba, Samoa (American), Sierra Leone, Slovakia, St. Eustatius or St. Pierre and Miquelon.
7. Passengers must have a reservation confirmation for at least 10 days, for a hotel approved by Tourism and Health Agencies and listed at https://quarantine.doh.gov.ph/quarantine-facilities/
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of the Philippines who are Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW);
– passengers with a diplomatic passport and passengers with a 9(E) visa;
– passengers who in the past 14 days have been in and arrive from Anguilla, Australia, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cayman Isl., Chad, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Comoros, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Falkland Isl. (Malvinas), Gabon, Grenada, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Mali, Micronesia (Federated States), Montserrat, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niger, Northern Mariana Isl., Palau, Poland, Saba, Samoa (American), Sierra Leone, Slovakia, St. Eustatius or St. Pierre and Miquelon, with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival, with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience Co Ltd. from Korea), Covishield, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm or Sinovac.
8. Passengers are subject to quarantine at the first point of entry for 7 or 10 days.
9. Merchant seamen with a 9 (C) visa issued by the Philippines must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival.
10. Passengers traveling to Davao (DVO) must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure.
– This does not apply to merchant seamen with a 9 (C) visa issued by the Philippines.
11. Passengers must complete a “Case Investigation Form” and present it upon arrival. The form can be obtained at https://c19.redcross.org.ph/arriving-passengers
12. Passengers must install the app ’TRAZE’ on their personal device before departure.
13. Passengers traveling to Cebu (CEB) must register at most 5 days before departure at https://mactancebuairport.com/covid-19-registration
14. Suspension of all visa on arrival facilities.
15. Suspension of all visa exemptions.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Foreigners are allowed to enter the Philippines.

Travelers must have a valid and existing visa at the time of entry.

All travelers arriving in the Philippines must undergo 14 days of quarantine, 10 of which shall be observed at an accredited hotel or facility, and the remaining 4 to be completed at home under the monitoring of their respective Local Government Units.

Travelers shall also undergo an RT-PCR test on the seventh day of their quarantine stay.

Only diplomats and their families are exempt from hotel quarantine — but they must follow quarantine at home.

Current travel restrictions on India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia have been adjusted.

Travelers from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia can now come to the Philippines under certain circumstances, and will have to spend 14 days in quarantine upon arrival.

The change only applies to holders of special visas such as diplomats and foreign spouses of Filipino citizens.

Tourists remain banned from entering the country.

It is mandatory to download the Traze Mobile Application (https://www.traze.ph/) and generate and scan a QR code when entering in, boarding from, and upon arriving in all Philippine airports.
 

Lockdown Details

Measures have been introduced by the Philippine government to prevent the spread of coronavirus; these differ across the country. Community quarantine restrictions remain in place in many locations.

The National Capital Region (Metro Manila) will be subject to a Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine, until September 16.

The restrictions have been imposed across greater Manila, which covers 16 cities and is home to 13 million people. The nearby province of Laguna and Bataan will also be placed under lockdown.

Religious gatherings are prohibited.

There is an evening curfew between 8pm and 4am.

Outdoor exercise is banned – and the ban is being enforced.

Personal care services including beauty salons, beauty parlors, barbershops and nail spas are closed.

Businesses in Metro Manila can operate up to 50 per cent on-site capacity under the restrictions.

Dining-in in restaurants and bars are closed.

There are also restrictions on movement outside your home.

You should check with the Inter-Agency Task force and your Local Government Unit for the latest information on the restrictions where you are.

The provinces of Cavite and Rizal, which have a combined population of about 7.6 million, were also placed in a less restricted lockdown. Many people who live in the two provinces work in the nation’s capital and will likely be affected by the developments in Metro Manila.

In these areas there is likely to be limited capacity in restaurants and other hospitality venues, as well as more stringent rules on business operations. The full restrictions can be found here.
These restrictions are in place until at least September 16:

Restaurants and other eateries may operate with their indoor dine-in services at 20 percent capacity.

Outdoor dining services must have a maximum capacity of 50 percent.

Beauty salons, beauty parlors, barbershops, and nail spas, may operate up to 30 percent capacity. Masks must be worn.

Holding meetings, conventions and exhibitions indoors is banned.

Outdoor tourist attractions shall remain to be allowed at 30 percent venue capacity with strict adherence to minimum public health standards.

Indoor sports venues and indoor tourist attractions are not allowed to operate.

Religious gatherings shall be allowed up to 10 percent of the venue capacity.

Funerals for those who died of causes other than COVID-19 are allowed, provided they are limited to immediate family members.

Inter-regional travel shall be allowed subject to restrictions of the local government unit of destination.

Point-to-Point travel to areas under General Community Quarantine and Modified General Community Quarantine is permitted, subject to an PCR test before travel requirement for those below 18 and above 65 years old.

Philippine authorities plan to impose targeted restrictions instead of wider curbs in the capital region to balance containing the pandemic and supporting the economy. Lockdowns will be limited to a few specific areas with high transmissions. The “granular lockdown system” will be piloted in Metro Manila starting September 8 and it is being expanded on September 16.

The Manila region is getting a new system to designate the restrictions. There will only be two different levels starting on September 16. This system will run until at least September 30.

The levels are ECQ or enhanced community quarantine, which is the strictest, and GCQ or general community quarantine. ECQ will be declared only as a last resort. GCQ restrictions in the new scheme will depend on the alert level over a city or municipality, with alert levels ranging from 0 to 4.

The highest alert level is 4, under which mass gatherings, indoor dining, and personal care services will be banned. Also under Level 4, minors and elderly people aged 65 and up are not allowed to go out, as well as those who are vulnerable/immunocompromised and pregnant people.

The “Three C” activities (crowded, close contact, in closed areas) will be allowed at 30 percent of venue capacity under alert level 3, 50 percent at level 2, and fully at level 1.

“Three C” activities include parties, religious gatherings, meetings, exhibits, indoor tourist attractions, personal care services, and indoor dining.

Granular lockdowns will be used that will include 14-day period where you cannot leave your home as door-to-door testing is done. These granular lockdowns can be as small as one street. The government will distribute food and aid during these lockdowns.

Guidelines are still being finalised, but the idea is to allow jobs to return outside the hot spot areas.

Businesses are encouraged to allow their workers to work remotely wherever possible. In Manilla people are being told to stay home unless they do essential work.

Schools are open with online classes only. A call centre has been set up in Manila to help students who are learning remotely. Higher education facilities are allowed to reopen in GCQ areas.

Masks must be worn in all public places, indoors and outdoors.
 

Sources

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/philippines/staying-during-coronavirus
Data Source: covidcontrols.co