Philippines (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 03 December, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Partially Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: Fully-vaccinated international travellers from areas classified as “green” or low-risk will no longer be required to undergo facility-based quarantine, if they provide a negative Covid-19 test result taken within 72 hours from their departure.

Fully vaccinated individuals from yellow countries need to undergo facility-based quarantine until the release of their negative RT-PCR testing taken on the 5th day. After which, they shall be required to undergo home quarantine until their 10th day, with the day of arrival being the first day. Foreign nationals shall be required to secure their own pre-booked accommodation of at least 6 days.

Click here for full details https://philippines.travel/safetrip#inboundadvisory

To track vaccines approved for use in the Philippines: https://covid19.trackvaccines.org/country/philippines/

Vaccines Approved for Use in Philippines:
Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, Gamaleya, Sputnik Light, Gamaleya Sputnik V, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), Oxford/AstraZeneca, Bharat Biotech
Covaxin, Sinopharm (Beijing), Sinopharm (Wuhan), Sinovac
Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative COVID-19 test is required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Quarantine is required for some travelers,

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 02.12.2021
1. Flights from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe are suspended.
2. Passengers who in the past 14 days have been in Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Czechia, Eswatini, Hungary, Italy, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, South Africa, Switzerland or Zimbabwe, are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of the Philippines;
– passengers who only transited through Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Czechia, Eswatini, Hungary, Italy, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, South Africa, Switzerland or Zimbabwe.
3. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of 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)”;
– former nationals of the Philippines, their accompanying spouses and children;
– passengers with a diplomatic passport and passengers with a 9(E) visa;
– passengers with a visa issued by the Philippines (excluding 9(A) visas);
– passengers with a 9(A) visa with 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;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated in the Philippines, at least 14 days before arrival;
– passengers who in the past 14 days have been in and arrive from Bhutan, Chad, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Comoros, Cote d’Ivoire, Falkland Isl. (Malvinas), Guinea, Guinea -Bissau, Hong Kong (SAR China), India, Indonesia, Japan, Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, Mali, Marshall Isl., Micronesia (Federated States), Montserrat, Morocco, Niger, Northern Mariana Isl., Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Paraguay, Rwanda, Samoa (American), Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, St. Barthelemy, St. Eustatius, St. Pierre and Miquelon, Sudan, Togo, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Zambia.
4. Passengers are subject to quarantine in a hotel approved by Tourism and Health Agencies and listed in https://quarantine.doh.gov.ph/quarantine-facilities/ , more details can be found at https://quarantine.doh.gov.ph/iatf-guidelines/
5. Passengers and airline crew traveling to Angeles city (CRK), Cebu (CEB) and Manila (MNL) must complete the “One Health Pass” form before arrival at https://onehealthpass.com.ph/e-HDC/OHP-Registration/ . This will generate a QR code which must be presented upon arrival.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers with a diplomatic passport traveling on duty and their family members;
– airline crew staying in the aircraft.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Passengers must install the app ’TRAZE’ on their personal device before departure.
9. Suspension of all visa on arrival facilities.
10. Suspension of all visa exemptions.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

WHO ARE ALLOWED TO ENTER?

1. Filipino citizens, including those with valid Philippine Passport/Identification Certificate (IC) as proof of recognition as a Filipino citizen or as proof of retention/reacquisition of Philippine citizenship under RA9225

2. Foreign nationals allowed entry under the Balikbayan Program (RA6768), provided they are nationals from non-visa required countries under EO408:
a. Former Filipino citizens, together with their foreign spouses and children, regardless of age, who are traveling with them
b. Filipino citizens’ spouses and children, regardless of age, who are traveling with them

3. Foreign nationals who are holders of valid and existing Special Resident and Retirees Visa (SRRV) or Section 9(a) visas without need of an entry exemption document (EED). Except for:
a.Foreign spouses, parent/s, and/or children of Filipino citizens, not traveling together with the Filipino and shall present a visa with notation “EED not required per IATF Resolution No. 128 (s.2021)”

4. Must not come from or have been to the “red” list countries within the last 14 days, except for Filipinos who are part of government or non-government repatriation efforts or bayanihan flights.

Foreign nationals are subject to deportation under the following situations:
-Cleared for entry but subsequently found to have presented a counterfeit or fraudulent pre-booked accommodation upon DOT’s validation
-Violated the Department of Health’s testing and quarantine protocols

Fully-vaccinated international travellers from areas classified as “green” or low-risk will no longer be required to undergo facility-based quarantine, if they provide a negative Covid-19 test result taken within 72 hours from their departure.

Fully vaccinated individuals from yellow countries need to undergo facility-based quarantine until the release of their negative RT-PCR testing taken on the 5th day. After which, they shall be required to undergo home quarantine until their 10th day, with the day of arrival being the first day. Foreign nationals shall be required to secure their own pre-booked accommodation of at least 6 days.

INBOUND TRAVEL FOR FULLY VACCINATED CEBUANO OFWs and ROFs

Upon their arrival in Cebu, returning passengers shall present proof of their vaccinations that shall include, but shall not be limited to, Vaccination Cards issued abroad as verified by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO), Government Certification of Vaccination, or BOQ-issued International Certificate of Vaccination.

The passengers shall be subjected to an RT-PCR test upon arrival and shall be transported to their hotel for quarantine. Should the RT-PCR test result turn out positive, health protocols for the treatment of COVID-19 positive individuals shall be followed and shall be subjected to a second RT-PCR Test on the 5th day of quarantine.

If the second test result is negative, the returning passengers shall be allowed to return to their respective LGUs on the day the test result is released.

The following conditions below allow an individual to be considered as fully vaccinated for COVID-19:

-At least 2 weeks after getting the second dose in a 2-dose series, or
-At least 2 weeks after getting a single-dose type of vaccine
-Vaccines administered to the individual are included in any of the following:
-Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) List or Compassionate Special Permit (CSP) issued by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration
-Emergency Use Listing of the World Health Organization

Effective November 28, 2021, the testing and quarantine protocols for all arriving passengers coming from “Green and Yellow” list countries/territories/jurisdictions in all ports of entry in the Philippines shall be as follows:

-For fully vaccinated individuals:

A negative RT-PCR test conducted within 72 hrs prior to departure from the country of origin will be required. Upon arrival, they shall undergo facility-based quarantine with a 3rd day RT-PCR test, with the date of arrival being the first day. Upon release of a negative RT-PCR test, they may be discharged from facility quarantine. After which, they are enjoined to self-monitor up to the 14th day from the date of arrival; or
If without a negative pre-departure test, they shall undergo facility-based quarantine with a 5th day RT-PCR test, with the date of arrival being the first day. Upon the release of a negative RT-PCR test, they may be discharged from facility quarantine. After which, they shall be required to undergo home quarantine until the 10th day from the date of arrival.

-Individuals who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or whose vaccination status cannot be independently validated are to undergo facility-based quarantine with an RT-PCR test done on the 7th day, with the date of arrival being the first day. Upon the release of a negative RT-PCR test, individuals shall be required to undergo home quarantine until the 14th day from the date of arrival.

-All passengers, whether Filipinos or foreigners, merely transiting through a non-Green List countries/territories/jurisdictions shall not be deemed as having come from or having been to said countries/territories/jurisdictions if they stayed in the airport the whole time and were not cleared for entry into such countries/territories/jurisdictions by its immigration authorities.

Effective November 28, 2021 until December 15, 2021, the testing and quarantine protocols for all arriving passengers coming from “Red” list countries/territories/jurisdictions in all ports of entry in the Philippines shall be as follows:

-The inbound international travel of all persons, regardless of vaccination status, coming from or who have been to “Red List” countries/territories/jurisdictions within the last 14 days prior to arrival to any port of the Philippines shall not be allowed.

-Only Filipinos returning to the country via government-initiated repatriation, non-government-initiated repatriation, and Bayanihan Flights may be allowed entry subject to the following entry, testing and quarantine protocols:

A ten-day facility-based quarantine upon arrival with RT-PCR testing on the 7th day with Day 1 being the day of arrival. Notwithstanding a negative test result, the arriving traveler shall complete the minimum facility-based quarantine period of 10 days.
Upon the completion of the mandated 10-day facility based quarantine and presentation of a negative RT-PCR result, they may be discharged from the facility.

-Passengers already in transit and all those who have been to the Red List countries within 14 days immediately preceding arrival to the Philippines, who arrive before 12:01 AM of November 30, 2021?, shall not be subject to this restriction from entry. They shall nevertheless be required to undergo facility-based quarantine for 14 days with testing on the 7th day, with day 1 being the date of arrival, notwithstanding a negative RT-PCR result.

-Passengers who have already arrived prior to November 28 and are currently undergoing quarantine shall complete their respective testing and quarantine protocols.

-All passengers, whether Filipinos or foreigners, merely transiting through a Red List country/jurisdiction/territory shall not be deemed as having come from or having been to said country/jurisdiction/territory if they stayed in the airport the whole time and were not cleared for entry into such country/jurisdiction/territory by its immigration authorities.

-Upon their arrival in the Philippines, passengers covered by the immediately preceding paragraph shall comply with existing testing and quarantine protocols.

Click here for full details https://philippines.travel/safetrip#inboundadvisory
 

Lockdown Details

Starting December 1 to December 15, 2021, Apayao will be placed under Alert Level 3.

Meanwhile, the rest of the Philippines is under Alert Level 2 from December 1 to December 15, 2021.

Click here for full detailed information https://philippines.travel/safetrip#iatfupdates
 

Sources

https://ph.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
Data Source: covidcontrols.co