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Updated 8 November 2021

From breathtaking beaches, 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.

Can I travel from Saudi Arabia to the Philippines?

Yes, you can, if you’re travelling for essential reasons or if you hold a valid residency visa and other recognized certificates. As of late, the Philippines is not yet open for tourism.

Saudi Arabia is currently categorized in the Philippines yellow list of countries. Countries in the yellow list are those not considered high risk and thus travellers from Saudi Arabia arriving for essential reasons may still be permitted entry. Please note that Saudi travellers need to get fully vaccinated before travelling internationally.

 

Philippines entry requirements

Required documents

Travellers are required to complete an eCIF form at least three days before their arrival in the Philippines.

All travellers must register to the Bureau of Quarantine e-Health Declaration Card (e-HDC), including children, before travelling to the Philippines. Travellers must declare their personal information, health status, and travel history and register as early as 24 hours before the flight.

After completing the e-HDC registration, a QR code will be produced. When you arrive, this QR code will be used to check your quarantine status, RT PCR results, and quarantine release certificates. Additionally, the following are also required:

  • All Philippine Airports require arrivals to download and install the Traze Contact Tracing App to produce and scan their QR code upon entry, boarding form, and landing
  • Immigrations Arrival Card (this form is available onboard and on arrival)
  • Customs Declaration Form (this form is available on arrival)

Please note that travellers without a phone may get a unique QR code from a Malasakit helpdesk.

Vaccination criteria

Vaccinated travellers must have received all required vaccine doses at least two weeks before travel. Travellers must have a vaccination certificate that can be verified by Philippine authorities as valid or authentic. Vaccines accepted in the Philippines are:

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

Travellers who were vaccinated in the Philippines can have an LGU/ hospital-issued vaccination card or certificate, or a BOQ-issued International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICV).

Testing and quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers

Fully vaccinated international arrivals from Saudi Arabia, including OFWs, non-OFWs, and other foreign nationals, will be subjected to the following:

  • a facility-based quarantine until they receive a negative PCR test taken on the fifth day of quarantine
  • quarantine at home until their 10th day of arrival if they are released from the facility-based quarantine
  • travellers must have a quarantine-hotel reservation for at least six days

Please note that The Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) shall ensure strict symptom monitoring while in the facility.

Testing and quarantine for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers

International arrivals arriving from Saudi Arabia who are not vaccinated or only partially vaccinated, and those with unverified vaccination status will be subjected to the following:

  • a facility-based quarantine until they receive a negative PCR test taken on the seventh day of quarantine
  • quarantine at home until their fourteenth day of arrival if they are released from the facility-based quarantine
  • except for OFWs, arrivals must have a quarantine-hotel reservation for at least eight days
  • foreign national minors who are not fully vaccinated must carry out the aforementioned quarantine requirements; a parent/guardian must join the child in the quarantine facility for the full duration of the quarantine

In the case of foreign nationals, they will be required to secure hotel reservations for at least six days. The hotel must be approved by the Tourism and Health Agencies and listed here.

  • in case of a positive test result, the BOQ shall transfer them to a designated hospital for further medical management
  • if the passengers test negative, their test results will be released within 24 hours after the swab test has been taken. The Unified BOQ Quarantine Certificate is autogenerated in the “OneHealthPass” portal. Travellers can download and print this certificate through the Track Swab Test portal in the OHP website by entering the QR code reference number and last name.

If unvaccinated or partially vaccinated minors travel with their fully vaccinated parents or guardians, they must observe the quarantine protocols corresponding to their vaccination status.

A parent/guardian shall accompany the child in the quarantine facility for the entire term of the latter’s facility-based quarantine period.

 

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.

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