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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
  • Proceed to this link.

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

 UPDATE

  • 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"

Visas

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)
  • Testing and quarantine requirements (see this section)
  • 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.

 

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:
    • NHS COVID-19 Certificate
    • 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, which accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal agreement unless otherwise permitted by IATF.
  • For foreign citizens vaccinated abroad
    • NHS COVID-19 Certificate
    • World Health Organization (WHO)-issued ICV
    • National digital certificate of the foreign government, which accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal agreement unless otherwise permitted by IATF.

Quarantine and Testing Protocols

A. Travellers from GREEN LIST countries 

For fully-vaccinated individuals:

  • Filipino citizens (OFW and non-OFW, including dual citizens)
    • Any of the following applies:
      • Facility-based quarantine until the release of a negative RT-PCR test taken in the quarantine facility upon arrival; or
      • When a negative RT-PCR test was taken within 72 hours prior to the traveller's departure from the country of origin, no facility-based quarantine is required but the passenger must self-monitor for any symptoms until the 14th day from his / her date of arrival.
  • Foreign citizens
    • Negative Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test taken within 72 hours prior to the departure from the country of origin. Upon arrival, no facility-based quarantine will be further required but the passenger must self-monitor for any symptoms until the 14th day from his / her date of arrival in the Philippines.

For unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or individuals whose vaccination status cannot be independently validated, and those who are vaccinated but failed to comply with the above test-before-travel requirements:

  • Facility-based quarantine until release of a negative RT-PCR test taken on the 5th day and self-monitoring for symptoms until the 14th day from arrival in the Philippines. Foreign nationals shall be required to secure hotel reservations for at least 6 days.
  • Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated minors (17 years and below) travelling with their fully-vaccinated parents or guardians shall be required to observe the quarantine protocols corresponding to their vaccination status. A parent/guardian shall accompany the child in the quarantine facility for the full term of the child's facility-based quarantine period.

Important reminders:

  • All passengers, whether Filipino or foreign citizen, merely transiting through a non-Green List country shall not be deemed as having come from or having been to the said country if they only remained at the airport during the entire time and were not cleared for entry into such country by its immigration authorities.
  • The Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) shall ensure strict symptom omnitoring while in the facility quarantine. If the traveller is found positive, he or she shall follow the prescribed isolation protocols. Upon completion of such quarantine, the BOQ shall issue a Quarantine Certificate indicating therein the individual's vaccination status.

B. Travellers from YELLOW LIST countries (such as the UK and Ireland)

For fully-vaccinated individuals:

  • Facility-based quarantine until the release of their negative RT-PCR test taken on the 5th day from their arrival in the Philippines. Afterwhich, they shall be required to undergo home quarantine until their 10th day from the date of their arrival in the country. The BOQ shall ensure strict symptom monitoring while the traveller is confined in the facility. Foreign nationals shall be required to secure their own pre-booked accommodation of at least 6 days.

For unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or individuals whose vaccination status cannot be independently validated, and those who are vaccinated but failed to comply with the above test-before-travel requirements:

  • Facility-based quarantine until the release of their negative RT-PCR test taken on the 7th day from their date of arrival in the Philippines. After which, they shall be required to undergo home quarantine until their 14th day in the country. The BOQ shall ensure strict symptom monitoring while the traveller is confined in the facility. Foreign nationals shall be required to secure their own pre-booked accommodation of at least 8 days.

C. Travellers from RED LIST countries

The inbound international travel of all persons, regardless of vaccination status, coming from or who have been to RED LIST countires within the last 14 days prior to their arrival in the Philippines is prohibited, except for Filipino citizens entering the Philippines through a government-initiated repatriation, non-government-initiated repatriation, and Bayanihan flights. The following guidelines apply to the said Filipino citizens:

  • 14-day quarantine upon arrival. The first 10 days shall be observed in a quarantine facility, with the remaining days to be completed under home quarantine in their respective local government units of destination.
  • RT-PCR testing to be conducted on the 7th day from the date of arrival in the Philippines. Notwithstanding a negative test result, the arriving traveler shall complete the facility-based quarantine period of 10 days.
  • The BOQ shall ensure strict sympton monitoring while in the quarantine facility for 10 days.
  • All passengers regardless of citizenship merely transiting through a RED LIST  country shall not be deemed as having come from or having been to the said country if they remained inside the airport the entire time and were not cleared for entry into the said country by its immigration authorities.
  • Upon arrival in the Philippines, passengers transiting through a RED LIST country shall comply with existing testing and quarantine protocols.

 

For enquiries, please email the Philippine Bureau of Quarantine through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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.