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Updated October 2022

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.

Note: All prices are for the month of October 2022 and are accurate at the time of writing

Dubai to Philippines flight schedule

Emirates

  • Dubai – Manila: Up to three daily direct flights available every day of the week. Roundtrip tickets start from AED 3,024
  • Dubai – Cebu: One daily direct flight available every day of the week. Roundtrip tickets start from AED 2,910

Emirates full schedule.

Cebu Pacific

  • Dubai – Manila: One daily direct flight available every day of the week. Roundtrip tickets start from AED 1,829
  • Dubai – Cebu: Several flights available most days of the week. Roundtrip tickets start from AED 1,813

Cebu Pacific full schedule.

Philippine Airlines

  • Dubai – Manila: One daily direct flight available every day of the week. Roundtrip tickets start from AED 2,510
  • Dubai – Cebu: Up to two daily direct flights available four days of the week. Roundtrip tickets start from AED 2,310

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 3,220

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.

Removal of eArrival card requirement

Earlier the Philippine government had announced that One Health Pass no longer applies in lieu of the eArrival card. Nonetheless, as of now, the authorities have ruled out the requirement to fill out the eArrival card before boarding a flight to the Philippines as a “scan-and-go” system will instead be implemented.

However, the government would set up special lanes in the country’s gateways for those who want to comply with the eArrival card.

Please refer to our eArrival Card article below for the latest development.

eArrival Card 2022: What to Know About the Philippines’ Latest Travel Pass

Required documents

All inbound travellers, foreigners and Filipino nationals (including infants and children) were previously required to register individually for the eArrival card before their flight into the Philippines, at least 72 hours before departing from the country of origin. However, this requirement has now been lifted and travellers can now fill out the eArrival card at their own convenience, prior to departure or upon arrival.

Moreover, filling out the eArrival card before boarding a flight to the Philippines is NO longer mandatory, as a “scan-and-go” system will instead be implemented. Nonetheless, special lanes will be set up by the DOH in coordination with the Bureau of Quarantine for those who have not had the opportunity to fill out the e-Arrival Card.

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

The following applies to fully vaccinated Filipino nationals as well as foreign nationals:

  • fully vaccinated international arriving passengers shall be required to present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours or a negative Antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to departure from the country of origin
  • travellers who have received a booster dose and those who are younger than 12 years of age are not required to take the pre-departure test
  • upon arrival, fully vaccinated travellers shall no longer be required to observe mandatory facility-based quarantine but shall self-monitor for any sign or symptom for 7 days.

Unvaccinated travellers

The following applies to fully vaccinated Filipino nationals:

  • international travellers who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or individuals whose vaccination status cannot be independently validated shall be required to present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to departure from the country of origin
  • they shall be required to undergo facility-based quarantine until the release of their negative RT-PCR test taken on the 5th day. After which, they shall be required to monitor for any sign or symptom until the 14th day from arrival

Please note that the unvaccinated, partially vaccinated and people with an unverified vaccination status from the category of Foreign Nationals including former Filipinos, are NOT allowed to enter the Philippines.

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 21 days.

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