Updated June 2023
From breathtaking beaches, and awe-inspiring mountains to the wonderful natural beauty and lively cities, the Philippines offers everything a tourist can ask for. Keep reading to know about the Philippines’ latest rules, regulations, and flight details.
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Can I travel from Saudi Arabia to the Philippines?
Yes, you can. The latest travel and entry requirements to the Philippines are as follows.
All inbound travellers, foreigners, and Filipino nationals (including infants and children) were previously required to register individually for the eTravel card before their flight into the Philippines, at least 72 hours before departing from the country of origin.
All foreign nationals, including their children, can visit the Philippines. As per the latest news, vaccination is not required for Saudi Arabian citizens traveling outside the Kingdom, one of which is the Philippines.
السماح بسفر المواطنين إلى خارج المملكة دون اشتراط التحصين بلقاح فيروس كورونا. pic.twitter.com/UkYMdZEGBG
— الجوازات السعودية (@AljawazatKSA) June 15, 2023
However, fully-vaccinated individuals are exempted from presenting a pre-departure test. You are considered fully vaccinated when you have received the 2nd dose in a two-dose series or a single-dose vaccine more than 14 days before the date of departure from Saudi Arabia.
The vaccines accepted in the Philippines are:
- Oxford-AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience)
- Moderna (Spikevax)
- Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty)
- Covilo (Sinopharm Beijing)
- Sinopharm (Wuhan)
- Sputnik V
- Sputnik Light
Source: Philippines – COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker (trackvaccines.org)
The vaccine used must be one that is authorized by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO). Children below 15 years old, regardless of vaccination status, can also travel to the country. They will follow the protocol for the accompanying fully-vaccinated foreign parent.
Testing and quarantine requirements
The Philippines’ testing and quarantine requirements vary according to the category of travellers as detailed below.
Fully vaccinated travellers
If you are fully vaccinated, you can enter the Philippines provided you:
- have acceptable proof of vaccination;
- have valid tickets for your return journey to the port of origin or next port of destination;
- your passport is valid for at least 6 months; and
- have registered for an e-Travel Pass prior to your arrival.
The requirement to hold an onward return ticket is waived if you are a spouse and/or child of a Filipino citizen or a former Filipino citizen with balikbayan privileges.
Foreign nationals aged 15 years or older who are not fully vaccinated are required to present a remotely supervised or laboratory-based rapid antigen test that is negative for COVID-19 and which was taken no more than 24 hours prior to departing for the Philippines.
Anyone aged 15 years or older who fails to present a negative pre-departure test shall be required to take a test upon arrival at the airport.
Any inbound traveller regardless of nationality, who tests positive for COVID-19 through a rapid antigen test may be subject to the latest quarantine and isolation protocols set by the Philippines Department of Health.
Flights from Saudi Arabia to the Philippines
Malaysia Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, SpiceJet, Middle East Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Nile Air, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, Gulf Air, and KLM are some of the flights operating from Saudi Arabia to the Philippines.