The Philippine Bureau of Immigration and the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging and Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) currently impose travel restrictions as part of the Philippine Government's risk mitigation measures against the spread of COVID-19.  Thus, travel to the Philippines is subject to certain entry requirements. 

The Philippine Bureau of Immigration maintains a traffic light system which determines entry rules: red list countries are considered high risk and currently only Filipino nationals returning pursuant to government-initiated programmes or part of non-government repatriation programmes and special commercial flights are permitted entry from those countries. The list can change at short notice so please consult the Bureau of Immigration website in advance of planned travel. For more information, see IATF Resolution 136.

The United Kingdom and Ireland are on the “Yellow” list. See IATF Resolution 141B for the latest list.

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Entry Requirements

The following passengers are allowed entry into the Philippines:

 Passenger Supporting Documents
Filipino citizens (non-dual citizen)
  • Valid Philippine passport
Filipino citizens (dual citizen via RA 9225)
  • Valid Philippine passport
    • If the Philippine passport is not available or is expired, the following may be presented to Philippine immigration authorities:
      • Valid foreign passport
      • Identification Certificate

Foreign nationals who are allowed entry under the Balikbayan Program (RA 6768), provided they are nationals from non-visa countries such as the UK and Ireland.  This includes:

  • Former Filipino citizens, together with their foreign national spouses and children regardless of age, who are travelling with them
  • Foreign national spouses and children (regardless of age) of Filipino citizens who are travelling with them

For former Filipino citizen:

  • Valid foreign passport
  • Proof of former Filipino citizenship such as a Philippine Birth Certificate or expired Philippine passport

For foreign national spouses and children who are travelling with the former/Filipino citizen:

  • Valid foreign passport
  • Proof of relationship with the former/Filipino citizen such as civil registry records
Foreign citizens with a valid / existing 9a visa at the time of entry
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Foreign nationals who are holders of valid and existing Special Resident and Retirees Visa (SRRV) or Section 9(a) visas, provided they present, upon arrival, an entry exemption document issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs. Entry exemption documents issued to 9(a) visa holders by the National Task Force Against COVID-19 shall be recognised as valid until 31 May 2021.

Foreign nationals holding SRRV are advised to directly coordinate with the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. regarding all matters concerning their entry into the Philippines.

  • Valid foreign passport
  • Valid / existing visa


  • Bolders of 9a Visas issued from 1 August 2021 and onwards are exempted from the entry exemption document / LBI requirement, provided the issued visa bears a notation on the visa sticker. Foreign nationals who wish to travel using previously issued 9a Visas bearing no notation may still be required by the Philippine Bureau of Immgiration to present an LBI inorder to be allowed entry. As such, foreign nationals with previously issued 9a Visas as spouse / parent / child are advised to apply again for a 9a Visa bearing the required annotation.

Diplomats and Foreign Officers / Delegations (IATF Resolution No. 123-B)

  • Diplomats arriving in the Philippines are exempted from inboudn arrival quotas imposed by the Department of Transportation.
  • In cases of foreign law enforcement officers who will enter the Philippines in connection with the implementation of treaty obligations on extradition, mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, and transfer of sentenced persons, including those who will accept the physical transfer of custody of the person being deported to the country of nationality or origin, the following testing and quarantine protocols apply:
    • If less than 72 hours in the Philippines, a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to departure from the country of origin shall be presented.
    • If more than 72 hours in the country, RT-PCR test shall be conducted upon arrival.

Exemptions from the "six month rule"


For more information on obtaining a Philippine visa, please click here.

Arrival Protocols

General Arrival Requirements

All inbound passengers to the Philippines must observe the following regulations:

  • One Health Pass (for information, click this link)
  • Mandatory quarantine (see section on Quarantine)
  • COVID-19 testing at the quarantine facility on the seventh day of arrival
  • Pre-booked accommodation for at least ten nights in a quarantine facility accredited by the Philippine Department of Tourism. 
    • Those who fail to present proof of a pre-booked accommodation shall be denied entry and risk being boarded immediately on the next return flight.
    • Foreign nationals who were cleared for entry but subsequently found to have presented counterfeit or fraudulent pre-booked accommodation upon validation by the Philippine Department of Tourism, or who violate the testing and quarantine protocols of the Department of Health are subject to immediate deportation.
    • For a list of accredited quarantine facilities, click here.

For Fully-Vaccinated Individuals from Green List Countries

The following arrival protocols apply to fully vaccinated individuals who have come from and stayed exclusively in Green List countries:

  • Fully vaccinated individuals must carry their official documentation of full vaccination by presenting their International Certificate of Vaccination
    • OFWs have the option for their documentation to be validated by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office starting 5 July 2021 and to present POLO validation as proof of vaccination status. For more information, please email POLO through this This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals abroad who are arriving from Green List countries where they exclusively stayed in 14 days preceding their arrival in the Philippines can be included in the 7-day quarantine period monitored by the Bureau of Quarantine. They shall undergo RT-PCR testing on the 5th day of quarantine.

Proof of COVID-19 Recovery or Vaccination Status

  • For OFWs (including spouse / child / parents travelling with them), non-OFWs, and foreign citizens vaccinated in the Philippines:
    • VaxCertPH digital vaccination certificate
    • Bureau of Quarantine / World Health Organization (WHO)-issued ICV
    • International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis
    • National digital certificate of the foreign government where they were vaccinated
  • For foreign citizens vaccinated abroad
    • World Health Organization (WHO)-issued ICV
    • National digital certificate of the foreign government, which accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal agreement

Quarantine Requirements

General Guidelines

Pre-booked facility / quarantine accommodation requirement for passenger from Green or Yellow list countries / territories / jurisdictions. 

Vaccination Status  Pre-booked facility / quarantine accommodation requirement
Fully-vaccinated Pre-booked accommodation for at least six (6) days
Unvaccinated or partially-vaccinated, or individuals whose vaccination status cannot be verified or confirmed Pre-booked accommodation for at least eight (8) days

Foreign nationals who fail to present a pre-booked accommodation shall be denied entry and shall be boarded immediately on the next available flight.

The inital check performed by Philippine immigration authorities shall not, in any way, interfere with the Department of Tourism's (DOT) exclusive jurisdiction on the final validation and confirmation of pre-booked accommodation in an accredited quarantine facility.

Existing guidelines for arriving Section 9e Visa holders and crew member's continue to be observed.

The foregoing is without prejudice to the exercise of the mandate of the Bureau of Immigraiton on all arrival and departure formalities.

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Important Reminders:

  • Entry requirements are regularly updated.  Please check this section again closer to the date of your travel to avoid any inconveniences.
  • Philippine visa policies are solely governed by Philippine laws.
  • The Philippine Embassy does not issue entry exemption documents.  This document is issued solely by the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila.
  • Consult with your chosen airline on other documentary requirements you may need to comply with.  Airline companies may enforce policies in addition to those implemented by immigration authorities. 
  • OFWs (those who have a valid OEC sticker on their Philippine passport) may inquire directly with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for assistance on costs related to COVID-19 testing.