Regulations for Foreign Travelers Entering the Philippines
(UPDATE: February 07, 2022)
The new regulations for Foreign Travelers are based on Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) Resolution No. 160-B dated February 3, 2022; IATF Resolution No. 160-D dated February 10, 2022; and IATF Resolution No. 164-A dated March 10, 2022. This new rule will be effective immediately.
Foreign Travelers Entering the Philippines Visa-Free:
1. May enter the Philippines for business and tourism purposes if they are:
- Qualifying former Filipino citizens with Balikbayan privilege (under Republic Act No. 91741, including their spouse and/or children traveling with them (provided they are not restricted nationals) or citizens/ nationals of the countries who can stay up to 30 days in the country…
or holders of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region or Macau SAR passports are entitled to stay for a period not exceeding 14 days.
- Fully vaccinated, except for children under 12 traveling with fully vaccinated foreign parent/s.
- Have proof of vaccination.
- With negative PT-PCR test taken within 48 hours, or negative laboratory-based Antigen Test taken within 24 hours, prior to departure from country of origin/first port of embarkation, excluding layovers. Provided, the passengers has not left the airport premises or was not admitted into transit country.
- Have a passport that is valid for at least six months at the time of arrival.
- Have outbound tickets valid up to 30 days from arrival.
- Have travel insurance of COVID-19 treatment (US$ 35,000 minimum coverage)
2. Self-monitor for symptoms for 7 days (from date of arrival) and must report to the local government unit (LGU) of destination in an event of symptoms. Mandatory facility-based quarantine (14 days quarantine) will no longer be required.
List of Countries who can Stay in the Philippines up to 30 Days:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Verde
- Central African Republic
- Congo, Democratic Republic
- Costa Rica
- Cote d’ Ivoire
- Czech Republic
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Equatorial Guinea
- Korea (ROK)
- Marshall Islands
- New Zealand
- Papua New Guinea
- Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Vincent and the Grenadines
- San Marino
- Sao Tome and Principe
- Saudi Arabia
- Slovak Republic
- Solomon Islands
- South Africa
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland
- United States of America
However, only a few countries with their vaccine certificate will be accepted in the Philippines. As of January 27, 2022, the Philippines will accept the vaccine certificates of the following countries as proof of COVID-19 vaccination status:
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
- Sri Lanka
- The Netherlands
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
Foreign Children Traveling with Filipino Nationals:
- Unvaccinated foreign children below 12 years old, traveling with Filipino parent/s, shall follow health and quarantine protocols of Filipino parent/s traveling with them.
- Foreign children from 12 – 17 years old, traveling with Filipino parent/s, shall follow health and quarantine requirements relative to their vaccination status. Foreign or Filipino parents should accompany their unvaccinated minor children during facility-based quarantine.
Foreign Travelers Entering through 9A Visa:
- Foreign nationals coming from visa-required countries or restricted countries shall secure an entry exemption document (EED) and must meet the following requirements:
a. Fully vaccinated, except for minor children below 12 years old traveling with their fully-vaccinated parent/s.
b. Possess acceptable proof of vaccination.
c. With negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours, prior to departure from the country of origin/first port of embarkation, excluding layovers. Provided that the passenger has not left the airport, premises or was not admitted into the transit country.
d. Seven days self-monitoring from symptoms (date of arrival being the first day)
- Foreign spouses and children of Filipino citizens who
i. are not nationals of EO 408 countries, whether or not traveling with said Filipino citizen,
ii. are from visa-required countries,
iii. Who are restricted nationals may enter the country without the need of an entry exemption document (EED), provided that they have been issued a 9(a) visa with the appropriate visa notation and they meet the following requirements:
1. Fully vaccinated, except for minor children below 12 years old traveling with their fully-vaccinated parent/s.
2. Possess acceptable proof of vaccination.
3. With negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours, prior to departure from country of origin/first port of embarkation, excluding layovers. Provided that the passenger has not left the airport, premises or was not admitted into the transit country.
4. With valid return ticker to port of origin or next port of destination not later than 30 days from date of arrival in the country.
5. With passport valid for at least 6 months at the time of entry.
6. With travel insurance for COVID-19 treatment costs, with a minimum coverage of US$35,000 for duration of stay in the Philippines.
7. Seven days self-monitoring from symptoms (date of arrival being the first day).
Foreign Nationals with Other Types of Visas:
Foreign nationals with valid and existing visas other than 9A visas may be allowed entry subject to the following:
- Fully vaccinated.
- Possess acceptable proof of vaccination.
- Seven days self-monitoring from symptoms (date of arrival being the first day).
- Not fully vaccinated individuals under this category shall be denied entry.
- Fully vaccinated foreign nationals covered under this Section who fail to present acceptable proof of vaccination shall be subject to:
(1) facility-based quarantine until release of negative RT-PCR test taken on the 5th day.
(2) home quarantine until the 14th day (date of arrival being the first day).
FULL VACCINATION STATUS:
- Received the second dose in a 2-dose series or a single dose vaccine more than 14 days prior to the date and time of departure from the country of origin.
- Vaccine is included in any of the following:
– Emergency Usa Authorization (EUA) List of Compassionate Special Permit (CSP) issued by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration, OR
– Emergency Use Listing of the World Health Organization (WHO).
PROOF OF VACCINATION:
Any of the following:
- World Health Organization International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis.
- National or state digital certificate of a country/ foreign government which has also accepted VaxCertPH uner a reciprocal arrangement unless otherwise permitted by IATF.
- Other proofs of vaccination permitted by the IATF.
NOTE: All inbound travelers must register with One Health Pass prior to their arrival in the Philippines.