COVID-19: Philippines Travel Updates

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Updated 10th April 2022.


LATEST PHILIPPINES COVID-19 NEWS:

  • 25th March 2022 – The Philippines has eased border requirements once more. From April 1st, fully vaccinated travellers will be able to enter without an exemption document. Source.
  • 11th March 2022 – The Philippines has further eased border requirements. From April 1st, all fully vaxxed international tourists will be able to enter the country, with pre-departure antigen test. Source.
  • 10th February 2022 – The Philippines reopens to fully vaccinated international tourists after two years. Source.

Disclaimer: COVID-19 travel restrictions are changing every day and the following information reflects South East Asia’s Backpacker’s understanding of the current rules for entry. While we update this article regularly to ensure the information is as current as it can be, we cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions.

Can you travel to the Philippines right now?

The Philippines officially reopened to international tourists on 10th February 2022. Now, fully vaccinated travellers can enter if they are from one of 150 countries that have visa-free travel to the archipelago.

Vaccinated Travellers:

Only fully vaccinated travellers are allowed to enter the Philippines.

Please see here for the Philippines list of recognised vaccines. 

Unvaccinated Travellers:

Unvaccinated foreign travellers will be banned from entering from 16th February 2022. There are exemptions to the fully vaccinated rule. These apply to foreign diplomats, children and people who are unable to be vaccinated due to health reasons.

Entry Requirements

Before you enter the Philippines, you will need:

Required Entry Documents

  • A valid visa
  • One Health Pass
  • Covid vaccination certificate
  • Hotel reservation
  • Outbound flight
  • Travel insurance
  • RT-PCR test 48 hours prior or lab-based ATK test taken within 24 hours

Insurance 

You must have travel insurance that covers COVID-19 hospitalisation and treatment. This must total at least $35,000USD. We recommend SafetyWing for travellers.

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COVID-19 Tests Required 

You will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result no earlier than 48 hours prior to your departure to the Philippines and be able to show this at the airport counter. You must also be able to provide a negative COVID-19 test result on the 9th day of your quarantine (if applicable).


Upon Arrival

Quarantine Period

Fully vaccinated travellers no longer need to quarantine on arrival in the Philippines. They must have proof of vaccination status and a negative PCR test result taken no earlier than 48 hours before flying to the Philippines.

From 16th February 2022, no unvaccinated foreign travellers are allowed to enter the country. However, returning unvaccinated Filipinos can still enter if they can produce a negative PCR test result taken no more than 48 hours before arrival. They will also need to spend at least 5 days quarantine in an approved facility. If they receive a negative PCR test on day 5, they can complete the remaining days of the 14-day quarantine at home.

See our list of the best budget quarantine hotels in Manila here.


Local COVID-19 Rules and Regulations

The rules and regulations below are only meant to serve as a guide and the situation is prone to change rapidly without warning. For more information on local rules and restrictions visit the Philippines Government Inter Agency Task Force Quarantine Guidelines.

  • FACE COVERINGS – Face coverings are mandatory in all indoor public places and on all public transport, including trains, buses, jeepneys, taxis and boats. You should check with your airline which face coverings are accepted on board. Also see: Best face masks for travel. 
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING – This is still mandatory across the country.
  • CURFEWS – Cebu City is introducing a 23:00-04:00 nightly curfew for January 2022. In Metro Manila, officials are banning people aged 17 and below from leaving their houses from 22:00-04:00 nightly.
  • PUBLIC TRANSPORT – Masks must be worn. You must be fully vaccinated to use public transport and board domestic flights.
  • VENUES AND GATHERINGS – Hotels and guesthouses in the Philippines are open though operating in many areas with skeleton staff depending on the level of quarantine restrictions. Contact the relevant Philippine Tourism Department Office for advice on local accommodation options.
  • MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE – Restrictions differ depending on the city/barangay. There are three different levels of community restrictions in the country depending on the number of COVID-19 cases. The levels from highest to lowest are:
  • Enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) – Essentially total lockdown where citizens are advised to stay at home except for emergencies. Travel to other barangays or cities is prohibited. Schools and non-essential businesses are closed and limits on transportation are in place. Gatherings are banned. No domestic or international flights are allowed.
  • Modified enhanced quarantine (MECQ) – People are advised to stay at home but can leave to obtain essential goods. Gatherings are restricted to 5 people. Public transport is limited. Air travel is controlled (returning Filipinos,). Schools are still closed. Approved businesses can operate with skeleton staff, others must work from home. Indoor restaurants can operate at 10% capacity, hairdressers and beauty parlours at 30%.
  • General community quarantine (GCQ) – The vulnerable and elderly must stay at home. Gatherings are restricted to 10 people. Public transport is allowed with social distancing. Travel between other GCQ regions is allowed, with safety protocols.

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4 thoughts on “COVID-19: Philippines Travel Updates”

  1. Bob Bodnaruk

    So whether or not you have been vaccinated, you must quarantine in the Philippines for 10-14 days at your expense, is there an average cost per day ?

  2. Hi there. Thanks for the info. Would you know of rules for those who have received complete/2 vaccinations? Thanks!

    1. Hi there! At the moment, the rules are the same regardless of whether or not you have been fully vaccinated. We will update this page if that info changes. All the best!

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