Philippines (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was updated on 20 May 2022.

Is the Philippines open for visitors?

The Philippines is partially open to visitors. The Filipino authorities have now divided the category of passengers belonging into two categories, namely, Filipino Nationals including travellers who hold a dual citizenship, and Foreign Nationals including former Filipinos.

The Filipino Nationals including travellers who hold a dual citizenship are allowed to enter the Philippines, irrespective of their vaccination status. However, the unvaccinated, partially vaccinated and people with an unverified vaccination status from the category of Foreign Nationals including former Filipinos, are NOT allowed to enter the Philippines.

Is the Philippines open to international tourism?

The Philippines is open to tourism. The Filipino authorities have now divided the category of passengers belonging into two categories, namely, Filipino Nationals including travellers who hold a dual citizenship, and Foreign Nationals including former Filipinos.

The Filipino Nationals including travellers who hold a dual citizenship are allowed to enter the Philippines, irrespective of their vaccination status. However, the unvaccinated, partially vaccinated and people with an unverified vaccination status from the category of Foreign Nationals including former Filipinos, are NOT allowed to enter the Philippines.

Please consult The Philippines Airlines for more information.

Exemption

The foreign diplomats and their dependents, foreign dignitaries and members of their delegation, 9(e) visa holders, personnel of Philippine Foreign Service Posts (FSPs) and their dependents, and Philippine government officials on official travel (individually or collectively referred to as “Arriving Officials”) entering the Philippines from the category of Foreign Nationals including former Filipinos, are exempt from the mandatory vaccination rule.

What are the Philippines’ vaccine requirements?

Vaccination in the Philippines is currently mandatory for all categories of foreign nationals, including former Filipinos and except who are eligible to enter the Philippines. Unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, and those whose vaccination status cannot be verified from this category of travelers will NOT be allowed to travel to the Philippines.

However, vaccination is not mandatory for foreign diplomats and their dependents, foreign dignitaries and members of their delegation, 9(e) visa holders, personnel of Philippine Foreign Service Posts (FSPs) and their dependents, and Philippine government officials on official travel (individually or collectively referred to as “Arriving Officials”), and the Filipino nationals who hold a dual citizenship, entering the Philippines.

The vaccines accepted in the Philippines are: 

  • Oxford-AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience) 
  • COVOVAX
  • Janssen 
  • Moderna (Spikevax) 
  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty)
  • Covilo (Sinopharm Beijing)
  • Sinopharm (Wuhan)
  • Sinovac. 
  • Covaxin
  • Sputnik V
  • Sputnik Light

Source: Philippines – COVID19 Vaccine Tracker (trackvaccines.org)

What are the Philippines’ testing and quarantine requirements?

The testing and quarantine requirements in the Philippines depend on the category of passengers belonging to the two categories, namely, Filipino Nationals including travellers who hold a dual citizenship, and Foreign Nationals including former Filipinos.

Filipino Nationals including travellers who hold a dual citizenship

Fully vaccinated arrivals

  • must register for the One Health Pass.
  • must present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours or a negative Antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to departure from the country of origin. This is not applicable to children below 3 years of age.
  • must present proof of vaccination. This is not applicable to children below 12 years of age.
  • no facility-based quarantine required.
  • shall self-monitor for any sign or symptom until the 7th day from arrival
  • Filipino dual citizens can present any of the one of the three including:
    • Valid PH passport
    • Identification Certificate (IC)
    • Certification of Retention / Reacquisition of Philippine Citizenship.

Unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or unverified vaccination status arrivals

  • must register for the One Health Pass.
  • must present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours or a negative Antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to departure from the country of origin. This is not applicable to children below 3 years of age.
  • proof of vaccination is not required.
  • facility-based quarantine until the release of the negative results with testing on the 5th day.
  • shall self-monitor for any sign or symptom until the 14th day from arrival.
  • Filipino dual citizens can present any of the one of the three including:
    • Valid PH passport
    • Identification Certificate (IC)
    • Certification of Retention / Reacquisition of Philippine Citizenship.

Fully recovered from Covid-19

Fully vaccinated arrivals:

  • must register for the One Health Pass.
  • must present a positive RT-PCR test taken between 10 and 30 days prior to the date and time of departure from the country of origin. This is not applicable to children below 3 years of age.
  • must present a positive RT-PCR test or Antigen test taken within 48 hours or a positive laboratory-based Antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to departure from the country of origin. This is not applicable to children below 3 years of age.
  • must present a medical certificate from a licensed physician stating that the traveller has completed the mandatory isolation period, is no longer infectious, and has been allowed free movement and travel.
  • must present proof of vaccination. This is not applicable to children below 12 years of age.
  • no facility-based quarantine required.
  • shall self-monitor for any sign or symptom until the 7th day from arrival.

Unvaccinated, Partially vaccinated or unverified vaccination status arrivals:

  • must register for the One Health Pass.
  • must present a positive RT-PCR test taken between 10 and 30 days prior to the date and time of departure from the country of origin. This is not applicable to children below 3 years of age.
  • must present a positive RT-PCR test or Antigen test taken within 48 hours or a positive laboratory-based Antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to departure from the country of origin. This is not applicable to children below 3 years of age.
  • must present a medical certificate from a licensed physician stating that the traveller has completed the mandatory isolation period, is no longer infectious, and has been allowed free movement and travel.
  • proof of vaccination is not required.
  • facility-based quarantine until the release of the negative results with testing on the 5th day.
  • shall self-monitor for any sign or symptom until the 14th day from arrival.

Foreign nationals including former Filipinos

Former Filipinos and foreign nationals (spouse and/or children of a Filipino or a former Filipino national travelling with them) with Balikbayan privilege eligible to enter the Philippines without a visa under Republic Act No. 9174

  • must register for the One Health Pass.
  • must present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours or a negative Antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to departure from the country of origin. This is not applicable to children below 3 years of age.
  • no facility-based quarantine required.
  • proof of vaccination is not required.
  • shall self-monitor for any sign or symptom until the 7th day from arrival
  • passport should be valid for a period of at least six (6) months at the time of their arrival to the Philippines.
  • visa-free is applicable for one (1) year and shall present documentary proof of relationship to the principal Philippine national.

Please note that unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, and those whose vaccination status cannot be verified are NOT allowed to travel to the Philippines.

Foreign nationals eligible to enter the Philippines without a visa, under Executive Order No. 408 s. 1960

  • must register for the One Health Pass.
  • must present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours or a negative Antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to departure from the country of origin. This is not applicable to children below 3 years of age.
  • no facility-based quarantine required.
  • proof of vaccination is not required.
  • shall self-monitor for any sign or symptom until the 7th day from arrival
  • must present a travel or medical insurance with COVID-19 treatment, and with minimum coverage of USD35,000. The insurance policy presented must reflect the minimum coverage.
  • passport should be valid for a period of at least six (6) months at the time of their arrival to the Philippines.
  • must present valid return tickets to the original port of origin or next port of destination for not more than 30 days from the date of arrival in the Philippines.

At present, fully-vaccinated foreign nationals from 157 countries are eligible in this category to enter the Philippines. You can view the full list of eligible foreigners in this category here.

Please note that citizens of Brazil and Israel are allowed to stay for a period NOT exceeding 59 days. Furthermore, unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, and those whose vaccination status cannot be verified are NOT allowed to travel to the Philippines.

Holders of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Macau SAR, or Ukraine passports

  • must register for the One Health Pass.
  • must present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours or a negative Antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to departure from the country of origin. This is not applicable to children below 3 years of age.
  • no facility-based quarantine required.
  • proof of vaccination is not required.
  • shall self-monitor for any sign or symptom until the 7th day from arrival
  • must present a travel or medical insurance with COVID-19 treatment, and with minimum coverage of USD35,000. The insurance policy presented must reflect the minimum coverage.
  • passport should be valid for a period of at least six (6) months at the time of their arrival to the Philippines.
  • must present valid return tickets to the original port of origin or next port of destination for not more than 14 days from the date of arrival in the Philippines.

Please note that unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, and those whose vaccination status cannot be verified are NOT allowed to travel to the Philippines.

Foreign nationals entering the Philippines through 9(a) visa, APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) holders, Chinese nationals with valid AJACS and Indian nationals with valid AJACSSUK visas, and other pre-pandemic visa-free entry privileges

  • must register for the One Health Pass.
  • must present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours or a negative Antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to departure from the country of origin. This is not applicable to children below 3 years of age.
  • no facility-based quarantine required.
  • must present proof of vaccination. This is not applicable to children below 12 years of age.
  • shall self-monitor for any sign or symptom until the 7th day from arrival
  • must present a travel or medical insurance with COVID-19 treatment, and with minimum coverage of USD35,000. The insurance policy presented must reflect the minimum coverage.
  • Foreign nationals who are unable to present an acceptable proof of vaccination during document verification shall complete a facility-based quarantine until the release of the negative results on the 5th-day of swabbing.
  • must present valid return tickets to the original port of origin or next port of destination within the allowed maximum stay in the Philippines.

Please note that unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, and those whose vaccination status cannot be verified are NOT allowed to travel to the Philippines.

Foreign nationals entering the Philippines through other types of visas (other than 9(a) visa and 9(e) visa), and Ukraine Passport holder

  • must register for the One Health Pass.
  • must present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours or a negative Antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to departure from the country of origin. This is not applicable to children below 3 years of age.
  • no facility-based quarantine required.
  • must present proof of vaccination. This is not applicable to children below 12 years of age.
  • shall self-monitor for any sign or symptom until the 7th day from arrival
  • Foreign nationals who are unable to present an acceptable proof of vaccination during document verification shall complete a facility-based quarantine until the release of the negative results on the 5th-day of swabbing.

Please note that unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, and those whose vaccination status cannot be verified are NOT allowed to travel to the Philippines.

Foreign diplomats and their dependents, foreign dignitaries and members of their delegation, 9(e) visa holders, personnel of Philippine Foreign Service Posts (FSPs) and their dependents, and Philippine government officials on official travel (individually or collectively referred to as “Arriving Officials”) entering the Philippines

  • must register for the One Health Pass.
  • must present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours or a negative Antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to departure from the country of origin. This is not applicable to children below 3 years of age.
  • If fully recovered from COVID-19, shall present either a positive RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours or a positive Antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to departure from the country of origin, a Medical Certificate from a licensed physician stating that the traveler has completed the mandatory isolation period, no longer infectious, and has been allowed free movement and travel, and a positive RT-PCR or Antigen test taken 10-30 days prior to departure from the country of origin.
  • must present proof of vaccination. This is not applicable to children below 12 years of age.
  • facility-based quarantine is only applicable to unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, and those whose vaccination status cannot be verified: They will be required to undergo home-based quarantine or quarantine at a declared accommodation until the release of their negative RT-PCR test taken on the fifth (5th) day from date of arrival. After which, they shall be required to undergo home quarantine until their fourteenth (14th) day from the date of arrival.
  • If fully vaccinated, shall self-monitor for any sign or symptom until the 7th day from arrival

Please visit The Philippines Airlines Arrival Guide for Travellers for more information.