Updated COVID Travel Requirements to the Philippines for 2022

IATF Travel Requirements to the Philippines Guidelines Updated May 27, 2022

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Great news! Fully vaccinated Filipinos and foreign nationals coming to the Philippines starting May 30 are no longer required to produce a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test when arriving in the country.

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Travel Guidelines to the Philippines – PCR Test Not Needed for Philippine Travel

According to the updated IATF Travel Guidelines, inbound passengers are not required to have an RT-PCR test under IATF-EID Resolution 168 if they are 18 years old or older and have received at least one booster shot against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

Read more: IATF Travel Guidelines – Do Filipinos and Foreigners Require PCR Test to Enter the Philippines?

Travel Requirements to the Philippines: Updated Entry, Testing, and Quarantine Protocols as of June 15, 2022

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Travel Requirements to the Philippines from Philippine Airlines. Image from PAL Facebook Post.

Travel Requirements to the Philippines for Filipino Nationals including Travelers with Dual Citizenship

Traveler TypeOne Health PassCOVID-19 TestProof of VaccinationQuarantineOther Requirements
Filipino nationals including those who hold dual citizenship – VaccinatedYes Negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours or negative Antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to departure from the country of origin.
The pre-departure COVID-19 test WILL NOT BE APPLICABLE to the following:
1. Filipino and foreign nationals aged 18 and above who have received primary series of COVID-19 vaccine, and at least one (1) COVID-19 booster shot administered at any time prior to departure.

2. Filipino and foreign nationals aged 12 to 17 who are “fully vaccinated”.

3. Filipino and foreign nationals aged below 12, regardless of their vaccination status, who are accompanied by their parents or guardians who fall under item (1) above.4. Children below 3 years old  
Yes. Not applicable to children below 12 years old.
 
NoShall self-monitor for any sign or symptom until the 7th day from arrival

Filipino dual citizens can present any of the ff: i. Valid PH passport ii. Identification Certificate (IC) iii. Certification of Retention / Reacquisition of Philippine Citizenship.
Traveler TypeOne Health PassCOVID-19 TestProof of VaccinationQuarantineOther Requirements
Filipino nationals including those who hold dual citizenship – Unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, vaccination status cannot be verifiedYes Negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours or negative Antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to departure from the country of origin. Not applicable to children below 3 years old. 
   
NoFacility-based quarantine until the release of the negative results, testing will be on the 5th dayShall self-monitor for any sign or symptom until the 14th day from arrival

Filipino dual citizens can present any of the ff: i. Valid PH passport ii. Identification Certificate (IC) iii. Certification of Retention / Reacquisition of Philippine Citizenship.
Traveler TypeOne Health PassCOVID-19 TestProof of VaccinationQuarantineOther Requirements
Filipino nationals including those who hold dual citizenship – Fully recovered from COVID-19 and are fully vaccinatedYes Positive RT-PCR taken between 10 and 30 days prior to the date and time of departure from the country of origin, not applicable to children below 3 years old

Positive RT-PCR test or Antigen test taken within 48 hours prior to departure from the country of origin OR positive laboratory-based Antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to departure from the country of origin

Medical Certificate from a licensed physician stating that the traveler has completed the mandatory isolation period, no longer infectious, and has been allowed free movement and travel.
Yes.  Not applicable to children below 12 years old.NoShall self-monitor for any sign or symptom until the 7th day from arrival
Traveler TypeOne Health PassCOVID-19 TestProof of VaccinationQuarantineOther Requirements
Filipino nationals including those who hold dual citizenship – Fully recovered from COVID-19 but Unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, vaccination status cannot be verifiedYes Positive RT-PCR  taken between 10 and 30 days prior to the date and time of departure from the country of origin, not applicable to children below 3 years old

Positive RT-PCR test or Antigen test taken within 48 hours prior to departure from the country of origin OR positive laboratory-based Antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to departure from the country of origin 

Medical Certificate from a licensed physician stating that the traveler has completed the mandatory isolation period, no longer infectious, and has been allowed free movement and travel.
NoFacility-based quarantine until the release of the negative results, testing will be on the 5th dayShall self-monitor for any sign or symptom until the 14th day from arrival
Travel Requirements to the Philippines Sources: IATF Resolution No. 160-A160-B160-C160-D164-A165165-D, 165 -E165-F and 168  Philippine Airlines Official Travel Requirements Page

Travel Requirements to the Philippines for Foreign Nationals including Former Filipino Citizens

Traveler TypeOne Health PassCOVID-19 TestProof of VaccinationQuarantineOther Requirements
Former Filipinos and foreign nationals (spouse and/or children of a Filipino or a former Filipino national traveling with them) with Balikbayan privilege eligible to enter PH without a visa under Republic Act No. 9174Yes Negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours or negative Antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to departure from the country of origin.

The pre-departure COVID-19 test WILL NOT BE APPLICABLE to the following:
1. Filipino and foreign nationals aged 18 and above who have received primary series of COVID-19 vaccine, and at least one (1) COVID-19 booster shot administered at any time prior to departure.

2. Filipino and foreign nationals aged 12 to 17 who are “fully vaccinated”.

3. Filipino and foreign nationals aged below 12, regardless of their vaccination status, who are accompanied by their parents or guardians who fall under item (1) above.4. Children below 3 years old. 
Yes. Not applicable to children below 12 years old.
 
NoShall self-monitor for any sign or symptom until the 7th day from arrival

Passport should be valid for a period of at least six (6) months at the time of their arrival to the Philippines.

Visa-free for 1 year and shall present documentary proof of relationship to the principal Philippine national.

Unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, and those whose vaccination status cannot be verified are not Allowed to travel to the Philippines.
Traveler TypeOne Health PassCOVID-19 TestProof of VaccinationQuarantineOther Requirements
Foreign nationals eligible to enter PH without a visa, under Executive Order No. 408 s. 1960Yes Negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours or negative Antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to departure from the country of origin.  The pre-departure COVID-19 test WILL NOT BE APPLICABLE to the following:
1. Foreign nationals aged 18 and above who have received primary series of COVID-19 vaccine, and at least one (1) COVID-19 booster shot administered at any time prior to departure.

2. Foreign nationals aged 12 to 17 who are “fully vaccinated”.

3. Foreign nationals aged below 12, regardless of their vaccination status, who are accompanied by their parents or guardians who fall under item (1) above.

4. Children below 3 years old.
Yes. Not applicable to children below 12 years old.
 
NoShall self-monitor for any sign or symptom until the 7th day from arrival

Passport should be valid for a period of at least six (6) months at the time of their arrival to the Philippines.

Valid return tickets to the original port of origin or next port of destination for not more than 30 days from the date of arrival in the Philippines.

Citizens of Brazil and Israel are allowed to stay for a period not exceeding 59 days.

Unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, and those whose vaccination status cannot be verified are not Allowed to travel to the Philippines.
Traveler TypeOne Health PassCOVID-19 TestProof of VaccinationQuarantineOther Requirements
Holders of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Macau SAR, or Ukraine passportsYes Negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours or negative Antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to departure from the country of origin. The pre-departure COVID-19 test WILL NOT BE APPLICABLE to the following:
1. Foreign nationals aged 18 and above who have received primary series of COVID-19 vaccine, and at least one (1) COVID-19 booster shot administered at any time prior to departure.

2. Foreign nationals aged 12 to 17 who are “fully vaccinated”.

3. Foreign nationals aged below 12, regardless of their vaccination status, who are accompanied by their parents or guardians who fall under item (1) above.

4. Children below 3 years old

 
Yes. Not applicable to children below 12 years old.
 
NoShall self-monitor for any sign or symptom until the 7th day from arrival

Passport should be valid for a period of at least six (6) months at the time of their arrival to the Philippines.

Valid return tickets to the original port of origin or next port of destination for not more than 14 days from the date of arrival in the Philippines.

Unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, and those whose vaccination status cannot be verified are not Allowed to travel to the Philippines.
Traveler TypeOne Health PassCOVID-19 TestProof of VaccinationQuarantineOther Requirements
Foreign nationals entering PH through 9(a) visa, APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) holders, Chinese nationals with valid AJACS and Indian nationals with valid AJACSSUK visas, and other pre-pandemic visa-free entry privilegesYes Negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours or negative Antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to departure from the country of origin. 
The pre-departure COVID-19 test WILL NOT BE APPLICABLE to the ff:
1. Foreign nationals aged 18 and above who have received primary series of COVID-19 vaccine, and at least one (1) COVID-19 booster shot
 administered at any time prior to departure.

2. Foreign nationals aged 12 to 17 who are “fully vaccinated”.

3. Foreign nationals aged below 12, regardless of their vaccination status, who are accompanied by their parents or guardians who fall under item (1) above.

4. Children below 3 years old.
Yes. Not applicable to children below 12 years old.
 
NoShall self-monitor for any sign or symptom until the 7th day from arrival

Foreign Nationals who are unable to present an acceptable proof of vaccination during document verification shall complete a facility-based quarantine until the release of the negative results, 5th day swabbing

Unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, and those whose vaccination status cannot be verified are not allowed to travel to the Philippines.
Valid return tickets to the original port of origin or next port of destination within the allowed maximum stay in the Philippines.
Traveler TypeOne Health PassCOVID-19 TestProof of VaccinationQuarantineOther Requirements
Foreign nationals entering PH through other types of visas (other than 9(a) visa and 9(e) visa), and Ukraine Passport holderYes Negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours or negative Antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to departure from the country of origin. 

The pre-departure COVID-19 test WILL NOT BE APPLICABLEe to the following:
1. Foreign nationals aged 18 and above who have received primary series of COVID-19 vaccine, and at least one (1) COVID-19 booster shot administered at any time prior to departure.

2. Foreign nationals aged 12 to 17 who are “fully vaccinated”.

3. Foreign nationals aged below 12, regardless of their vaccination status, who are accompanied by their parents or guardians who fall under item (1) above.

4. Children below 3 years old. 
Yes. Not applicable to children below 12 years old.
 
NoShall present a valid Philippine visa Shall self-monitor for any sign or symptom until the 7th day from arrival

Foreign Nationals who are unable to present an acceptable proof of vaccination during document verification shall complete a facility-based quarantine until the release of the negative results, 5th day swabbing

Unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, and those whose vaccination status cannot be verified are not allowed to travel to the Philippines.
Traveler TypeOne Health PassCOVID-19 TestProof of VaccinationQuarantineOther Requirements
Foreign diplomats and their dependents, foreign dignitaries and members of their delegation, 9(e) visa holders, personnel of Philippine Foreign Service Posts (FSPs) and their dependents, and Philippine government officials on official travel (individually or collectively referred to as “Arriving Officials”) entering the PhilippinesNoNegative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours or negative Antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to departure from the country of origin. 
The pre-departure COVID-19 test WILL NOT BE APPLICABLE to the following:
1. Filipino and foreign nationals aged 18 and above who have received primary series of COVID-19 vaccine, and at least one (1) COVID-19 booster shot administered at any time prior to departure.

2. Filipino and foreign nationals aged 12 to 17 who are “fully vaccinated”.

3. Filipino and foreign nationals aged below 12, regardless of their vaccination status, who are accompanied by their parents or guardians who fall under item (1) above.
Children below 3 years old.

If fully recovered from COVID-19, shall present the following:
i. Positive RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours or positive Antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to departure from the country of origin.

ii. Medical Certificate from a licensed physician stating that the traveler has completed the mandatory isolation period, no longer infectious, and has been allowed free movement and travel.

iii. Positive RT-PCR or Antigen test taken 10-30 days prior to departure from the country of origin.  
Yes if fully vaccinated. Not applicable to children below 12 years old.
 
Applicable only to unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, and those whose vaccination status cannot be verified: Required to undergo home-based quarantine or quarantine at a declared accommodation until the release of their negative RT-PCR test taken on the fifth (5th) day from date of arrival. After which, they shall be required to undergo home quarantine until their fourteenth (14th) day from date of arrival.If fully vaccinated, shall self-monitor for any sign or symptom until the 7th day from arrival
Travel Requirements to the Philippines Sources: IATF Resolution No. 160-A160-B160-C160-D164-A165165-D, 165 -E165-F and 168  Philippine Airlines Official Travel Requirements Page

COVID Travel Requirements to the Philippines for International Travelers as of April 6, 2022.

Travel Requirements To The Philippines

Travel Requirements to the Philippines: Antigen Test as Entry Requirement to the Philippines Allowed

The Philippine government announced on April 6, 2022, that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has approved the use of antigen tests performed by health care professionals.

This is an alternative to either a 14-day quarantine or a reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test for inbound travelers.

The antigen test, according to Acting Presidential Spokesperson and Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, must be “administered and certified by a health care professional in a health care facility, laboratory, clinic, pharmacy, or other similar establishments from the country of origin of the traveler.”

Foreigners can enter the country under IATF-EID Resolution 165, which requires them to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and to have adequate proof of vaccination.

They are also required to submit a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test taken within 48 hours or a negative laboratory-based antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to the date and time of departure from the country of origin or first port of embarkation in a continuous travel (excluding layovers).

The World Health Organization International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis, VaxCertPH, national or state digital certificate of the foreign country accepting VaxCertPH, and other proof of vaccination permitted by the IATF-EID are all acceptable Covid-19 vaccination documents.

The government has already permitted foreign visitors to enter the country without an entry exemption document (EED), as long as they follow the necessary visa requirements and immigration entry and departure formalities.

All foreign visitors must have passports that are valid for at least six months and return tickets to the port of origin or next port of destination not later than 30 days after arrival.

COVID Travel Requirements Update for International Travelers Arriving in the Philippines as of March 11, 2022.

Travel Requirements to the Philippines Update: IATF Allows Negative Antigen Test for International Travelers

The Philippines announced an update on the travel requirements to the Philippines for foreign visitors and returning Filipinos might present a negative antigen test (laboratory-based) result upon their arrival in the country as of March 11, 2022.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) took the step amidst the country’s reduced Covid-19 restrictions in recent weeks.

Before this move, international travelers planning to visit the Philippines must first undergo and present a negative result from an RT-PCR test. Negative rapid antigen test results were not accepted previously.

Read the full story here: IATF Allows Negative Antigen Test for International Travelers

Other Relevant Developments:

COVID Travel Requirements to the Philippines Updated February 1, 2022.

In a recent update on the travel requirements to the Philippines, Filipinos returning from abroad will be subject to new entry, testing, and quarantine rules starting February 10, 2022.

The arrival and quarantine procedures for nations/jurisdictions/territories entering the Philippines at all ports of entry will be followed.

StatusTravel requirements to the Philippines:
Requirements for Arriving Filipinos
Fully Vaccinated Individuals– Negative RT-PCR test result taken within 48 hours prior to departure from the country of origin

– No facility-based quarantine required

– Self-monitor for any sign or symptom until the 7th day from arrival

– Proof of Vaccination
Note: Fully vaccinated Filipino Nationals shall not be included in the arrival quota set by the Department of Transportation (DOTR) and its One-Stop-Shop (OSS)
Unvaccinated, Partially Vaccinated, Unverified Individuals
– Negative RT-PCR test result taken within 48 hours prior to departure from the country of origin

– Facility-based quarantine until the release of the negative results

– 5th day swabbing

– Self-monitor for any sign or symptom until the 14th day from arrival
Unvaccinated Minors– Children below 12 years old who cannot be vaccinated shall follow the quarantine protocols of the parent/s or the accompanying adult/guardian traveling with them.

– Filipino nationals from 12 years to 17 years old shall follow the classification and procedures based on their vaccination status

– Foreign or Filipino parents can accompany the minor during their facility-based quarantine.
Fully Recovered Nationals with Positive RT-PCR Pre-Departure Test Results– Positive RT-PCR test result taken within 48 hours prior to departure from the country of origin

– Medical Certificate from a licensed physician stating that the traveler:
— was an asymptomatic, mild, moderate, severe, or critical case of COVID-19
— has completed the mandatory isolation period
— is no longer infectious; and
— has been allowed free movement/travel

– Positive RT-PCR test taken 10 to 30 days prior to departure from the country of origin.
Fully Recovered Nationals with Positive RT-PCR Pre-Departure Test Results (Fully Vaccinated)– No facility-based quarantine required

– Self-monitor for any sign or symptom until the 7th day from arrival

– Proof of Vaccination
Fully Recovered Nationals with Positive RT-PCR Pre-Departure Test Results (Unvaccinated, Partially Vaccinated, Unverified Nationals)– Facility-based quarantine until the release of the negative results

– 5th day swabbing

– Self-monitor for any sign or symptom until the 14th day from arrival
Travel Requirements to the Philippines Source: IATF Resolution No. 160A

StatusTravel requirements to the Philippines:
Requirements for Arriving Foreign Nationals
Foreign Nationals Entering PH with Visa Free– Travelling with the purpose of business or tourism, provided they are:
— Former Filipino Citizens (Balikbayan) under Republic Act No. 9174 including their spouse and/or children who are not balikbayans provided they are not restricted nationals
— Citizens of the following countries  

– Fully Vaccinated, except for minors below 12 years old

– Proof of Vaccination

– Negative RT-PCR test result taken within 48 hours prior to departure from the country of origin

– Valid return tickets to the original port of origin or next port of destination for not more than 30 days from the date of arrival in the Philippines  Exemptions are:
— Foreign spouses and/or children of Filipino Citizens; and
— Former Filipino Citizens (Balikbayan) under Republic Act 9174
— Including spouse and/or children who are not balikbayans in their own right

– Valid passport for at least 6 months on the time of arrival in PH.

– Travel Insurance for COVID-19 treatment with minimum coverage of USD35,000
Foreign Children Traveling with Filipino Nationals– Children below 12 years old who cannot be vaccinated shall follow the quarantine protocols of the Filipino parent/s

– Foreign Children from 12 years to 17 years old shall follow the classification and procedures based on their vaccination status

– Foreign or Filipino parents can accompany the minor during their facility-based quarantine.
Foreign Nationals Entering Through 9(a) VisaThese are the passengers who may enter the country using an Entry Exemption Document (EED)
– Foreign nationals of the following countries (E.O. 408) [Foreign Nationals IATF 160B.pdf]intending to stay more than 30 days for the purpose other than tourism or leisure
– Foreign nationals who do not qualified under balikbayan privilege
– Foreign nationals of the following countries(E.O. 408) [Foreign Nationals IATF 160B.pdf]that is entitled to stay not exceeding 30 days,
– Foreign nationals from visa-required countries; or
– Restricted foreign nationals, provided they:
— are Fully Vaccinated, except only for children below 12 years old
— have Proof of Vaccination 
— have a Negative RT-PCR test result taken within 48 hours prior to departure from the country of origin

– No facility-based quarantine required
– Self-monitor for any sign or symptom until the 7th day from arrival

Foreign Nationals who are unable to present acceptable proof of vaccination
– Facility-based quarantine until the release of the negative results
– 5th day swabbing
– Self-monitor for any sign or symptom until the 14th day from arrival

Foreign Spouses and children of Filipino Citizens
– Who are not nationals of the following countries (E.O. 408),
– Who are from visa-free required countries; or
– Who are restricted nationals

May enter the country without the need of an Entry Exemption Document (EED), provided they have been issued a 9(a) visa with appropriate visa notation.

Requirements
– Fully Vaccinated, except for minors below 12 years old
– Proof of Vaccination
– Negative RT-PCR test result taken within 48 hours prior to departure from the country of origin
– Valid return tickets to the original port of origin or next port of destination for not more than 30 days from the date of arrival in the Philippines
– Valid passport for at least 6 months on the time of arrival in PH.
– Travel Insurance for COVID-19 treatment with minimum coverage of USD35,000

– No facility-based quarantine required
– Self-monitor for any sign or symptom until the 7th day from arrival
Foreign Nationals with Other Types of Visa– Foreign Nationals with valid and existing visa other than 9(a) visa
— Fully Vaccinated
— Proof of Vaccination
— No facility-based quarantine required
— Self-monitor for any sign or symptom until the 14th day from arrival

– Unvaccinated Foreign National are not allowed to enter the country

Foreign Nationals who are unable to present acceptable proof of vaccination
– Facility-based quarantine until the release of the negative results
– 5th day swabbing
– Self-monitor for any sign or symptom until the 14th day from arrival
Travel Requirements to the Philippines Source: IATF Resolution No. 160B and IATF Resolution No. 160D

Note: Fully vaccinated foreign nationals shall not be included in the arrival quota set by the Department of Transportation (DOTR) and its One-Stop-Shop (OSS).

Click here for Acceptable Proof of Vaccinations and Accepted Vaccines.

COVID Travel Requirements to the Philippines Updated January 28, 2022.

Effective from February 1, 2022, per IATF Resolution 159

Can I travel to the Philippines right now?

YES! Beginning February 1, 2022, Fully vaccinated arriving Filipinos and eligible foreigners, regardless of country of origin, shall no longer be required to observe mandatory facility-based quarantine upon arrival; but shall self-monitor for any sign or symptom of covid for 7 days, with the first day being the day of arrival; and shall be required to report to the local government unit of destination should any symptoms manifest.

IATF Resolution number 159

A. NEW ENTRY, TESTING & QUARANTINE PROTOCOLS for entry to the Philippines, effective from February 1, 2022:

1. FULLY-VACCINATED ARRIVING FILIPINOS AND ELIGIBLE FOREIGNERS, regardless of country of origin:

  • Shall be required to present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to departure from the country of origin.
  • Shall no longer be required to observe mandatory facility-based quarantine upon arrival; but shall self-monitor for any sign or symptom of covid for 7 days, with the first day being the day of arrival; and shall be required to report to the local government unit of destination should any symptoms manifest.
  • Must have any of the following proofs of vaccination against COVID-19 that are recognized under existing IATF regulations:
  1. World Health Organization International Certificate of Vaccination;
  2. VaxCertPH certification; or
  3. National/State digital certificate of the foreign government which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement, unless otherwise accepted by the IATF

2. UNVACCINATED AND PARTIALLY-VACCINATED TRAVELERS, AS WELL AS THOSE WHOSE VACCINATION STATUS CANNOT BE VALIDATED:

  • Shall be required to present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to departure from the country of origin.
  • Shall also be required to undergo facility-based quarantine until the release of negative RT-PCR test results to be taken on the 5th day of quarantine.
  • Shall observe home quarantine until the 14th day from the day of arrival.

Their home quarantine will be monitored by the LGU of destination and their Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams.

3. NOTE for UNVACCINATED CHILDREN:

Children under 12 years of age who cannot be vaccinated shall follow the quarantine protocols of the parent/s or the accompanying adult/guardian traveling with them.

B. VISITS OF FOREIGN NATIONALS NOW ALLOWED UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS, effective from 10 February 2022:

4. Starting from 10 February 2022, FULLY-VACCINATED NATIONALS OF “NON-VISA REQUIRED COUNTRIES” shall be allowed to enter the Philippines, provided that:

  • Their passports are valid for 6 months from time of arrival, and they hold return tickets to their country of origin or to their next destination;
  • They must have any of the following proofs of vaccination against COVID-19 that are recognized under existing IATF regulations:
  1. World Health Organization International Certificate of Vaccination;
  2. VaxCertPH certification; or
  3. National/State digital certificate of the foreign government which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement, unless otherwise accepted by the IATF

Philippine COVID Travel Requirements

COVID Travel Requirements to the Philippines Updated January 15, 2022.

Effective January 16 to 31, 2022 per IATF 157 and IATF 157-B

Travel requirements to the Philippines: Passengers from outside the Philippines must follow strict new entrance and quarantine procedures in Bohol, Cebu, Clark, Davao, Laoag, Manila, and Subic mandated by the Philippine Government. The facility-based quarantine requirement is in force at the first port of entry into the Philippines regardless of your final destination. Make sure to check in advance to avoid any inconvenience.

All passengers are advised to follow the instructions, register in advance, and pre-book their accommodation as needed to avoid any difficulties and expedite processing upon arrival.

These travel requirements are for returning Filipinos or foreigners visiting the Philippines. Click these links for General Travel Requirements for Destinations Outside of the Philippines (if you’re departing the country for abroad) or General Travel Requirements for Destinations Within the Philippines (if traveling locally within the Philippines).

Travel Requirements to the Philippines Classification Lists

Green List
Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, British Virgin Islands, China (Mainland), Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Hong Kong (Chinese Special Administrative Region), India, Indonesia, Japan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Montserrat, Morocco, Niger, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Saba (Special Municipality of the Kingdom of Netherlands), Saint Barthelemy, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sint Eustatius, Taiwan, Timor-Leste (East Timor), Uganda  
The protocols for “Green” List countries/jurisdictions/territories in all ports of entry in the Philippines shall be observed.
Vaccinated
– Negative RT-PCR test result taken within 48 hours prior to departure
– No facility-based quarantine required
– Self-monitor for any sign or symptom until the 7th day from arrival
Unvaccinated, Partially Vaccinated, Unverified
– Negative RT-PCR test result taken within 48 hours prior to departure
– Facility-based quarantine until the release of the negative results
– 5th day swabbing
– Self-monitor for any sign or symptom until the 14th day from arrival
NOTES: 
– The testing and quarantine protocols of Minors shall follow the testing and quarantine protocol of the parent/guardian traveling with them, regardless of the minor’s vaccination status, and country of origin.
RT-PCR test exemption of minors 3 years old and below as of December 14, 2021
– Unless symptomatic, minors 3 years and below, shall not be required to present a negative RT-PCR test result  Symptomatic minors 3 years and below shall be subject to the usual testing, and quarantine procedures for international arriving passengers. 
Effective January 16 to 31, 2022 per IATF 157 and IATF 157-B

Red List
Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Canada, Curacao, French Guiana, Iceland, Malta, Mayotte, Mozambique, Puerto Rico (U.S.), Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Spain, U.S. Virgin Islands
The inbound international travel of all persons coming from or who have been to “Red List” countries/jurisdictions/territories within the last fourteen (14) days prior to arrival to any port of the Philippines shall be allowed.

Vaccinated
– Negative RT-PCR test result taken within 48 hours prior to departure
– Facility-based quarantine until the release of the negative results
– 7th day swabbing
– Home quarantine until the 14th day from arrival

Unvaccinated, Partially Vaccinated, Unverified
 – Negative RT-PCR test result taken within 48 hours prior to departure
– Mandatory 10-day facility-based quarantine
– 7th day swabbing
– Home quarantine until the 14th day from arrival
 
NOTE:
 – All passengers, whether Filipinos or foreigners, merely transiting on the above-mentioned countries and were not cleared by Immigration will not be restricted.
– The testing and quarantine protocols of Minors shall follow the testing and quarantine protocol of the parent/guardian traveling with them, regardless of the minor’s vaccination status, and country of origin.

RT-PCR test exemption of minors 3 years old and below as of December 14, 2021
– Unless symptomatic, minors 3 years and below, shall not be required to present a negative RT-PCR test result
– Symptomatic minors 3 years and below shall be subject to the usual testing, and quarantine procedures for international arriving passengers.
Effective January 16 to 31, 2022 per IATF 157 and IATF 157-B

Yellow List
All other countries not specified as “Green” or “Red”    
The protocols for “Yellow” List countries/jurisdictions/territories in all ports of entry in the Philippines shall be observed.

Vaccinated:
– Negative RT-PCR test result taken within 48 hours prior to departure
– Facility-based quarantine until the release of the negative results
– 5th day swabbing
– Home quarantine until the 7th day from arrival
Unvaccinated, Partially Vaccinated, Unverified
– Negative RT-PCR test result taken within 48 hours prior to departure
– Facility-based quarantine until the release of the negative results
– 7th day swabbing
– Home quarantine until the 14th day from arrival
 NOTES: 
– The testing and quarantine protocols of Minors shall follow the testing and quarantine protocol of the parent/guardian traveling with them, regardless of the minor’s vaccination status, and country of origin.   
RT-PCR test exemption of minors 3 years old and below as of December 14, 2021
– Unless symptomatic, minors 3 years and below, shall not be required to present a negative RT-PCR test result
– Symptomatic minors 3 years and below shall be subject to the usual testing, and quarantine procedures for international arriving passengers.
Effective January 16 to 31, 2022 per IATF 157 and IATF 157-B

COVID Travel Requirements to the Philippines Updated December 3, 2021.

(Source: Philippine Airlines Advisory No. 228).

The Philippines’ Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) has revised arrival guidelines for the Travel requirements to the Philippines as part of efforts to prevent the spread of new COVID-19 variants.

The new requirements for testing and quarantine of travelers from YELLOW and GREEN list countries take effect today December 3, 2021:

1). For fully vaccinated eligible travelers:

  • Negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior departure
  • Facility based quarantine until release of negative results
  • Swabbing on the 5th day (RT-PCR test) from day of arrival
  • Home quarantine until 14th day from arrival

2). For eligible travelers who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated or whose vaccination status cannot be independently validated:

  • Negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior departure
  • Facility based quarantine until release of negative results
  • Swabbing on 7th day (RT-PCR test) from day of arrival
  • Home quarantine until 14th day from arrival

Passengers (regardless of vaccination status) with no negative RT-PCR test-before-travel will be allowed to board their flights to the Philippines until December 5, 2021 11:59PM, but they will undergo facility-based quarantine upon arrival and 7th day swabbing.

Travel requirements to the Philippines: EFFECTIVE 12:01 December 6, 2021, those who fail to present a negative RT-PCR test-before-travel requirement will not be accepted on flights to the Philippines.

Minors traveling with their parents shall follow the testing and quarantine protocol of the parent/guardian with them, regardless of their vaccination status and country of origin.

GUIDELINES ON TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS TO THE PHILIPPINES FROM RED-LIST COUNTRIES REMAIN THE SAME:

  • Inbound international travel shall not be allowed, regardless of vaccination status, except for Filipinos, coming from Red List countries/regions, or who have been to Red List countries/regions within the last 14 days prior to arrival to any port of the Philippines.

EXCEPTION FOR FILIPINOS

Only Filipinos returning to the Philippines via government-initiated or non-government-initiated repatriation and Bayanihan Flights may be allowed entry subject to the prevailing entry, testing, and quarantine protocols for Red List countries:

  • Swabbing on 7th day (RT-PCR test) from day of arrival
  • Release from facility upon completion of the mandated 10-day facility based quarantine and presentation of a negative RT-PCR result

Red List includes South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini and Mozambique, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium and Italy.

ENTRY OF FOREIGN TOURISTS REMAIN SUSPENDED

The IATF has suspended the entry of fully vaccinated foreign tourists of non-visa required countries/regions from the Green List. Philippine Airlines operates flights to the following Green list countries/regions: Indonesia, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

PASSENGER OPTIONS

Should you wish to postpone travel, you may avail of any of the following options:

  • Rebook to another flight with available space within 60 days after the original flight in the same booking class or higher within the same cabin class provided that the selected date is within the period of validity of the ticket no additional charge;
  • Convert your ticket to a travel voucher equivalent to the unused net value and unused taxes of your ticket; or
  • Refund the cost of your ticket, with refund service fees waived.

You may visit www.philippineairlines.com and our Official PAL Facebook Page for the latest updates. We seek your understanding and cooperation as we implement these revised protocols as mandated by PH health authorities.

Travel Requirements to the Philippines – Updated May 14, 2021: All travelers coming from Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) or those with travel history to these two countries within the last fourteen (14) days preceding arrival shall be prohibited from entering the Philippines beginning 0001H of May 15, 2021 until 2359H of May 31, 2021, upon the recommendation of the Department of Health and the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Covid Travel Requirements Arriving In The Philippines May 14 2021
From Office of the Presidential Spokesperson Official Facebook Page

Passengers already in transit from the abovementioned countries and all those who have been to the same within 14 days immediately preceding arrival to the Philippines, who arrive before 0001H of May 15, 2021, shall not be subject to the above restriction, but shall nevertheless be required to undergo stricter quarantine and testing protocols, i.e. the observation of a fourteen-day facility-based quarantine period upon arrival, notwithstanding a negative Reverse Transcription – Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) result.

Meanwhile, all existing travel restrictions for passengers coming from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are extended until 2359H of May 31, 2021.

The Department of Transportation should ensure that airlines are directed not to allow the boarding of passengers who are prohibited from entering the country pursuant to travel restrictions imposed by the Office of the President and IATF resolutions except if they are part of the repatriation efforts of the national government.

Travel Requirements to the Philippines – Updated May 8, 2021

The Philippines has extended the quarantine period for international arrivals to a total of 14 days as of May 7 to stem the spread of COVID-19. Permitted arrivals will have to undergo quarantine at centralized facilities for 10 days, before quarantining for four more days at their residence.

The country remains under Code Red Sublevel 2 on its code alert system, indicating ongoing local virus transmission with greater numbers of cases than the government can address, and community quarantine restrictions of varying levels remain in effect nationwide as of May 7.

The central government has ordered several localities to implement stricter protocols, termed the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), through May 14. The areas include Metro Manila and the surrounding provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal; Santiago, Tuguegarao, and Zamboanga cities; and Abra, Ifugao, and Quirino provinces.

Under MECQ, key industries can work on-site with full capacity, while sectors like real estate and manufacturing of nonessential goods can operate with half their workforce. Some public transport vehicles can still operate for commuters who are allowed to leave their homes. Several businesses, like tourism sites and entertainment venues, have been instructed to suspend their operations. Nonessential mass gatherings are banned.

Additional localities will enforce the general community quarantine (GCQ), the third-strictest level of curbs, through May 31. Under GCQ, most workplaces and public places can operate, provided they adhere to social distancing protocols. Select facilities, such as agricultural businesses, supermarkets, and utility providers, can operate on-site at full capacity.

Public transport can operate at a reduced capacity with health protocols in place, such as maintaining social distance of 1 meter (3 feet) between passengers. Nonessential mass gatherings are banned, while religious services can take place, with attendees occupying up to 50 percent of the venue’s capacity. The central government has ordered GCQ rules through May 31 in the following localities:

  • Luzon: Baguio and Puerto Princesa cities; Apayao, Batangas, Benguet, Cagayan, Isabela, Kalinga, Mountain, Nueva Vizcaya, and Quezon provinces
  • Mindanao: Lanao del Sur Province and Davao and Iligan cities

The central government will continue to allow all other localities to enact the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), the least severe level of rules, through May 31. Companies can work on-site, though at-risk employees must telecommute.

Officials are allowing establishments that are open to the public, such as food service businesses, to operate at 50 percent capacity. Public transport can operate with distancing controls in place. Mass gatherings may be held at half of the venue capacity. Universities can conduct on-site activities with health protocols, while other educational institutions remain closed, with limited exceptions.

Wearing both facemasks and face shields is compulsory across the country in public spaces. Residents aged 15-65 may leave their residences, though stricter rules are in place in several areas. At-risk groups cannot work on-site in the Philippines, with limited exceptions. Provincial and municipal authorities and healthcare professionals may appeal to the central government to either tighten or ease measures. Domestic routes between several cities operate with health protocols, such as compulsory use of facemasks.

Additional restrictions by local governments on top of the controls mandated by the central government are widespread across the Philippines. Metro Manila is enforcing a 22:00-04:00 nightly curfew. Cebu City is enacting a 23:00-05:00 nightly curfew. Local officials may enforce short-term movement restrictions, such as stay-home orders with limited exemptions, to facilitate the mass testing of residents.

Travel Restrictions: Foreign nationals who can enter the Philippines remain subject to certain requirements, such as having valid visas, pre-booking a quarantine facility, and undergoing reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests upon arrival. The number of foreign nationals allowed to arrive in the Philippines via each port of entry is limited; foreign arrivals at Metro Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) are capped at 1,500 persons daily.

Several classes of foreign nationals may enter the Philippines. The groups include holders of most visas, such as investor visas and visas issued by state agencies, such as the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority. However, visits for tourism purposes remain suspended. Diplomats and members of international organizations and their dependents who hold relevant visas, foreign spouses and children of Filipino citizens who are traveling with the Filipino nationals, and people in emergency or humanitarian situations can continue traveling to the Philippines.

Officials continue to ban the entry of all individuals with travel history in the past two weeks to Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal, or Sri Lanka through 23:59 May 14 due to concerns about COVID-19 variants. Individuals who are already in the Philippines and were in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, or Sri Lanka within the last two weeks are subject to a 14-day quarantine period at designated institutions. The government may extend or expand entry restrictions to travelers arriving from other countries in the coming days.

Sources: Presidential Communications Operations Office State COVID-19 Portal World Health Organization (WHO) Garda World News

Requirements for Travel to the Philippines as Issued by the Department of Tourism (DOT)

These DOT COVID Travel Requirements to the Philippines as Issued by the Department of Tourism are sourced from Philippines.Travel advisory website.

India Travel Ban

From April 29, 2021 to May 14, 2021, all travelers from India or those with travel history to India within the last 14 days before arrival, are prohibited from entering the Philippines.

However, all travelers who will arrive in the Philippines before April 29, 2021 may enter the country but are required to complete a 14-day quarantine period in an accredited quarantine facility, regardless of their swab test results.

Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka Travel Ban

ALL travelers from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka are prohibited from entering the Philippines from May 7, 2021 to May 14, 2021. Those who arrive before May 7 may enter but must undergo a 14-day quarantine, regardless of their swab test results.

Filipinos and foreign passengers merely transitioning through India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh shall be subject to the following rules:

All passengers, whether Filipinos or foreigners, merely transitioning through these counties shall not be deemed as having come from or having been to such countries, provided that they stayed in the airport the whole time and were not cleared for entry into these counties by their immigration authorities; and

Upon arrival in the Philippines, passengers covered by the immediately preceding paragraph need not complete a full 14-day facility-based quarantine but shall comply with existing testing and quarantine protocols of the national government.

All specimen from travelers coming from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh that turn positive upon testing shall undergo Whole Genome Sequencing. All close contacts must undergo facility-based quarantine for 14 days and contact tracing shall expand up to the 3rd generation contacts.

To know more about these travel restrictions, click here. For additional information, please also refer to Resolution No. 114 and Resolution No. 114-A.

COVID Travel Requirements Arriving in the Philippines per Philippine Airlines

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, PAL and the Philippine Government have issued precautionary measures, mandatory protocols, and requirements for travelers. For passengers in international flights to the Philippines, please be guided on the new arrival and quarantine procedures in Manila, Cebu, and Clark.

These updated PAL COVID Travel Requirements Arriving in the Philippines are sourced here.

We encourage all passengers to follow the guide, register in advance and pre-book their hotels as necessary to avoid any inconvenience and experience faster processing upon arrival. 

To ensure everyone’s health and safety, Philippine Airlines and its passengers shall strictly observe the following in all airport facilities and on board the aircraft:

  1. Mandatory wearing of face masks and face shields.
  2. Mandatory registration to Case Investigation Forms depending on the traveler’s type and port of entry (Manila, Cebu, Clark).
  3. Mandatory use of the Traze Mobile Application to generate and scan their QR code when entering in, boarding from, and upon arriving in all Philippine Airports starting November 28, 2020, as mandated by the Philippine Department of Transportation. 
  4. Mandatory temperature checks, use of footbaths, and disinfection/sanitation facilities.
  5. Mandatory physical and social distancing and minimum contact at all times and in all places within the airport premises, and during all procedures, from check-in, boarding, inflight, disembarking to retrieving of check-in baggage.
  6. Mandatory public safety announcements before the closing of doors and during flight for cabin and health security protocols.
  7. Strict compliance with safety procedures on the handling of suspected/ill passengers on board, which include keeping the last three (3) seat rows of the plane vacant as isolation area for suspected ill passengers already on board.
  8. Regular sanitation and disinfection of all airline facilities and equipment, and in coordination with the airport authorities, all airport facilities and equipment, including lavatories, frequently touched surfaces, wheelchairs, trolleys, countertops, etc.; Daily first aid stocks available onboard the aircraft.

Philippine Airlines shall do its best to observe social distancing measures inside the aircraft, subject to space availability. Family members and individuals traveling together as part of the same household may still choose to be seated together.