Philippines (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 23 February, 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 19.02.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
This does not apply to:
– nationals of the Philippines;
– spouses, minors or children with special needs of nationals of the Philippines;
– parents of a minor or a child with special needs who is a national 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, Zimbabwe or British nationals;
– passengers with a 9(D), 9(E), 13(A), 13(B), 13(C), 13(D), 13(E), 13(G), 47(A)(2), RA7919, EO226, EO324, Native-born, or RA8756 visa issued by the Philippines;
– passengers with a 9(G) visa. They must have departed the Philippines on or after 17 December 2020 and must have an ACRI-Card and ECC-SRC;
– passengers with a 9(G), 9(F), SVEG, or SIRV (issued under EO63 visa) visa. The visa must have been issued on or before 20 March 2020;
– passengers with a Recognition Certificate (RC) or Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition Act of 2003 (CRPC) under RA9225 Certificate;
– passengers with a visa issued by Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan, Cagayan Economic Zone Authority, and Clark Development Corporation;
– merchant seamen with a 9(C) visa issued by the Philippines;
– passengers with a visa issued on or after 20 March 2020;
– passengers with a 9(A) or SRRV visa. They must have an entry exemption document.
2. Passengers are not allowed to transit.
3. Suspension of all visa on arrival facilities.
4. Visa exemption for the following passengers has been reinstated:
– former nationals of the Philippines (Balikbayans);
– spouses and children of nationals of the Philippines if traveling together with the national of the Philippines.
5. Passengers are subject to quarantine and a Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT-PCR test on the 6th day of their quarantine at their own expense.
6. Passengers must have a reservation confirmation of a hotel approved by Tourism and Health Agencies for at least 6 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.
7. A completed “Case Investigation Form” must be presented upon arrival. The form can be obtained at https://c19.redcross.org.ph/arriving-passengers .
8. Passengers traveling to Davao (DVO) must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT-PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure.
9. Passengers must install the app ’TRAZE’ in their personal device before departure.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the Philippine government has imposed temporary entry restrictions.

Since 1 February 2021, foreign nationals with long-term visas have been permitted to enter the Philippines subject to the following IATF conditions:

-must hold a valid visa at the time of entry. However, no new entry visa will be accepted
-have made a booking with an accredited quarantine facility for a minimum of seven nights;
-undertake COVID-19 testing at the quarantine hotel/facility on the sixth day from the date of arrival
-be within the maximum capacity of inbound passengers as set by the National Task Force for COVID-19

Foreign nationals wishing to enter the Philippines must hold a visa under the following categories, otherwise they risk being turned away

-Diplomats and members of international organisation and their dependents, provided they hold a valid 9(e) visa at the time of entry
-Foreign Airline Crew
-Foreign seafarers provided they hold a valid 9(c) visa at the time of entry
holders of 13 series visa under Immigration Act as amended
-Temporary Resident Visa (based on CA 613, Section 13 a [marriage to Filipino])
-Native Born Visa (based on CA 613, Section 13 a [foreigners born to foreign parent/s with permanent resident status in the Philippines])
-holders of Republic Act 7919 visas (granted through Social Integration Programme)
holders of Executive Order 324
-Foreign spouses, children and parents provided that they have a valid (new and existing) visa at the time of entry and the principal Philippine national is in the country
-Foreign spouses of Filipino nationals
-Foreign minor children and foreign children with special needs (regardless of age) of Filipino nationals
-Foreign parents of minor Filipino children and of Filipino children with special needs (regardless of age) *Foreign nationals or dual Filipino citizens carrying foreign passports, provided they possess and present a Recognition Certificate or a Certificate of Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition under RA9225
-holders of a Special Investor’s Resident Visa (SIRV) issued under EO 226 (Omnibus Investment Code, as amended) but not under EO 63
-holders of RA 8756 visa intended for executive positions for multinational companies
-holders of 47 (a) (2) visa issued by DOJ
-holders of visas issued by the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority, Subic Bay Metropolitan, Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan Cagayan Economic Zone Authority, and Clark Development Corporation
-Foreign nationals under the Balikbayan Privilege (RA 6768) program and from non-visa required countries under EO 408
-Filipino citizen’s foreign spouses and children, regardless of age, who are travelling with them
-Former Filipino citizens, including their foreign spouses and children, who are travelling with them holders of special visas issued by the Bureau of Immigration under the Republic Act 8756
-holders of 9(g) visas who departed the Philippines on or after 17 December 2020 and who hold a valid visa for the intended re-entry

Passengers arriving at any international port of entry may be subjected to mandatory quarantine (for a maximum of 14 days) and/or need to undergo COVID-19 testing either on arrival or on the sixth day of quarantine at the quarantine facility or an assigned laboratory. You’re expected to pay the costs of your quarantine and/or COVID-19 testing.
 

Lockdown Details

Measures have been introduced by the Philippine government to prevent the spread of coronavirus; these differ across the country. The National Capital Region (Metro Manila), Cordillera Administrative Region, the provinces of Batangas and Davao del Norte and the cities of Tacloban, Davao City and Iligan are subject to General Community Quarantine (GCQ) measures. The rest of the Philippines is under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ). However, changes can be made at short notice so you should monitor the status in your local area.

Non-essential travel, including for tourist purposes, is now permitted between GCQ and MGCQ regions. There may be entry requirements imposed from region to region so you should check with the relevant local authority.

Metro Manila is currently subject to a curfew from midnight to 4am with the exception of Navotas City which has curfew hours of 8pm to 4am.

Some cities are imposing age restrictions on people permitted to leave their residence for non-essential reasons. These vary by region so you should familiarise yourself with the requirements in your local area.

The wearing of face shields while on public and private transport is now mandatory. This includes but is not limited to trains, buses, jeepneys, taxis, boats and ships. The order also includes aeroplanes. You should check with your airline in advance whether they will provide a shield or whether you need to bring your own.
 

Sources

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