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Updated January 2023

The Philippines entices visitors with its emerald green rice paddies, white sandy beaches, captivating underground rivers and caves, along with its unmistakably unique cultural heritage. 

After closing its borders to international travellers for nearly two years, the Philippines currently welcomes international arrivals. This means UAE residents can now visit the country for both leisure and other purposes. Let’s familiarize ourselves with the latest travel guidelines and restrictions on travelling from the UAE to the Philippines.

Cheap flights from the UAE to the Philippines

UAE to Philippines flights is fully operational allowing travellers from Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the UAE to travel to the Philippines subject to the arrival procedures mandated by the Philippine Government.

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UAE to Philippines flight schedule

Emirates Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Etihad, and Philippine Airlines are currently servicing direct route flights from Dubai to Manila and Cebu. Etihad Airways also provides direct daily flights from Abu Dhabi to Manila.

The prices for UAE-Philippines flights in the month of January are as below.

Note: All prices are accurate at the time of writing. 

Dubai to Philippines flight schedule

Emirates

  • Dubai – Manila: Up to two daily direct flights available every day of the week. Roundtrip tickets start from AED 3,186.
  • Dubai – Cebu: One direct flight available every day of the week. Roundtrip tickets start from AED 3,144.

Emirates full schedule.

Cebu Pacific

  • Dubai – Manila: One daily direct flight available every day of the week. Roundtrip tickets start from AED 1,119.
  • Dubai – Cebu: Several flights available every day of the week. Roundtrip tickets start from AED 1,264.

Cebu Pacific full schedule.

Philippine Airlines

  • Dubai – Manila: Two daily direct flight available every day of the week. Roundtrip tickets start from AED 2,429.
  • Dubai – Cebu: Several flights available every day of the week. Roundtrip tickets start from AED 2,552.

Philippine Airlines full schedule.

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Abu Dhabi to Philippines flight schedule

Etihad 

  • Abu Dhabi – Manila: Up to two daily direct flights available every day of the week. Roundtrip tickets start from AED 2,967.

Etihad full schedule.

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UAE to Philippines flight time

A direct flight from UAE to the Philippines, be it from Dubai or Abu Dhabi typically takes between 9 to 12 hours to complete.

 

UAE to Philippines entry requirements

The latest travel and entry requirements to the Philippines are as follows.

Required documents

All inbound travellers, foreigners and Filipino nationals (including infants and children) are 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. 

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Vaccination criteria

All arriving passengers from the UAE must have one of the following proofs of vaccination against COVID-19:

  • World Health Organization International Certificates of Vaccination and Prophylaxis;
  • VaxCertPH; or
  • National or state manual/digital vaccination certificate of the country/foreign government; or
  • Other proofs of vaccination permitted by the IATF

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 – COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker (trackvaccines.org)

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.

Unvaccinated travellers

Foreign nationals aged 15 years or older who are not fully vaccinated are required to present a remotely supervised or a laboratory-based rapid antigen test which is negative of 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.

 

Philippines tourist visa from UAE

If you hold a UAE passport and are looking to visit the Philippines, you are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay of up to 30 days.

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