Philippines (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 07 May, 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 06.05.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of the Philippines;
– former nationals of the Philippines, and their spouses and children if traveling together. They must be 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;
– former nationals of the Philippines, and their spouses and children if traveling together. They must be British nationals;
– passengers with a visa issued by the Philippines (excluding 9(A) and SRRV visas);
– passengers with a 9(A) or SRRV visa. They must have a Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) endorsement document;
– passengers with an Identification Certificate (IC) or a Certificate of Re-acquisition/Retention of Philippine Citizenship (CRPC) issued by the Philippines.
2. Until 14 May 2021, passengers who in the past 14 days have been in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka are not allowed to enter.
3. Passengers are not allowed to transit.
4. Suspension of all visa on arrival facilities.
5. Suspension of all visa exemptions.
6. Passengers are subject to quarantine and to a COVID-19 RT-PCR test on the 6th day of their quarantine at their own expense.
– This does not apply to merchant seamen with a 9(C) visa issued by the Philippines.
7. 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.
8. Passengers must have a reservation confirmation of a hotel approved by Tourism and Health Agencies for at least 7 nights. The hotel must be listed at https://www.thepoortraveler.net/2020/07/doh-accredited-hotels-quarantine-manila/ .
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of the Philippines who are Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW);
– passengers with a 9(E) visa.
9. A completed “Case Investigation Form” must be presented upon arrival. The form can be obtained at https://c19.redcross.org.ph/arriving-passengers .
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 install the app ’TRAZE’ in their personal device before departure.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

With immediate effect until 14 May 2021, all passengers (including foreign nationals and Filipinos) who are travelling from India, or have travelled to India in the past 14 days, are not permitted to enter the Philippines

Entry restriction exemptions:

-Diplomats and members of international organizations and their dependents – provided they hold a 9 (e) visas or 47(a)(2) visa
-Foreign nationals involved in medical repatriation duly endorsed by the Department of -Foreign Affairs office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs (DFA-OUMWA) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA)
-Foreign seafarers under the “Green Lanes” program for crew change – provided that they hold a 9 (c) crew list visa
-Foreign spouses and children of Filipino citizens travelling with them – provided they have valid visas
-Emergency, humanitarian and other analogous cases approved by the Chairperson of the NTF COVID-19 or his duly authorized representative – provided the foreign nationals have valid visas

Quarantine measures

-All passengers are subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine at a facility nominated by -the government upon arrival in the Philippines
 

Lockdown Details

Commercial closures
Closures vary from region to region. However, in most of the country:

Restaurants are open for dine-in and takeaway.

Most shops and shopping malls are now allowed to open with social distancing measures in place.

Other businesses and venues are also allowed to open.

Churches and other religious building are allowed to open to a limited number of worshippers.

Tourism spots Boracay Beach and Baguio have reopened to a limited number of local tourists from places where the coronavirus risk is low.

A planned reopening of movie theaters, video game arcades and other leisure businesses has been postponed until at least April 30.

From April 12, Metro Manila and the provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna and Cavite were placed under a less restrictive community quarantine status that lasts until May 14.

Under loosened restrictions, most people are still required to stay home but more businesses will be allowed to operate while limits on those that have remained open will be eased, according to previous government guidelines.

There is a nighttime curfew between 10pm and 4am covering the National Capital Region daily.

Other restrictions include:

Dine-in at restaurants must close for in-person dining.

Take-out and delivery services can go ahead.

Gatherings of more than 10 people outside are not allowed.

Non-household members cannot meet together indoors.

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