25September2021

GUIDELINES FOR TRAVEL TO THE PHILIPPINES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC:

[Last Updated on 17 May 2021 based on Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) Resolution Nos. 97, 98, 99-A, 100, 103, and 115 Series of 2021, and Memorandum from the Executive Secretary dated 14 May 2021]

The Embassy informs the public of the following guidelines and requirements for travel to the Philippines:

1) WHO ARE ALLOWED ENTRY?

Pursuant to a directive from the IATF-MEID, Filipino citizens, whether a returning Overseas Filipino or an Overseas Filipino Worker, shall be allowed to return to the Philippines.

 

1. The following foreign nationals are not allowed entry:

  • Pursuant to the Memorandum from the Executive Secretary dated 14 May 2021, ALL travellers coming from INDIA, PAKISTAN, BANGLADESH, NEPAL, SRI LANKA, OMAN and the UNITED ARAB EMIRATES or those with travel history to said countries within the last fourteen (14) days preceding arrival shall be prohibited from entering the Philippines effective 15 May 2021 until 31 May 2021.

    All travellers merely transiting through India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Oman and the United Arab Emirates shall not be deemed as having come from or having been to such country provided that they stayed in the airport the whole time and were not cleared for entry into these countries by their immigration authorities. Travellers covered by this restriction will have to comply with existing testing and quarantine protocols upon arrival.

  • Tourists – 9(a) visa for tourism purposes (Bureau of Immigration Press Release dated 02 May 2021.)
  • Transits – 9(b) visa (DFA Circular dated 17 November 2020.)

2. The following foreign nationals are allowed entry:

A. With existing and valid visas (IATF Resolution 113 series of 2021 and Bureau of Immigration Revised Guidelines):

  • Diplomats and international organizations – 9(e) and 47 (a)(2) visas
  • Seafarers – 9 (c) visa
  • Long-term visas – Section 13 immigrant visas, Permanent Resident Visa (PRV), Temporary Resident Visa (TRV), Investor’s Visa (9d), Working Visa (9g), Student Visa (9f), Special non-immigrant visa 47(a)(2)

B.No need for visa upon entry (IATF Resolution 113 series of 2021 and Bureau of Immigration Revised Guidelines):

  • Filipino Dual Citizens, with proof of recognition as a Filipino citizen under RA9225
  • Foreign spouse/s and children from non-visa required countries, who are travelling with the principal Filipino national under the Balikbayan Program
  • Former Filipinos and their dependents from non-visa required countries, who are travelling together under the Balikbayan Program

3. The following foreign nationals need DFA Entry Exemption prior to entry (IATF Resolution 113 series of 2021 and Bureau of Immigration Revised Guidelines):

  • Holder of Special Resident and Retirees Visa (SRRV)
  • Applicant for 9(a) visa for business purposes (sponsors in the Philippines must secure an endorsement from the appropriate National Government Agency)
  • Foreign spouse/s and children in possession of 9(a) visas, who are NOT travelling with the principal Filipino national

This is without prejudice to immigration laws, rules and regulations, such that the Commissioner of Immigration shall have the exclusive prerogative to decide on waiver or recall of exclusion orders for all foreign nationals authorized entry under relevant IATF resolutions, subject to regular reporting to the IATF Secretariat at the end of each calendar month.

The arrival of Filipinos and exempted foreign nationals within the covered period shall be subject to the arrival quota set by the Department of Transportation (DOTr). Those with confirmed flight bookings falling within the covered period are advised to coordinate directly with their airlines for possible effect of the arrival quota on their itinerary.

 2) WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS UPON ARRIVAL?

Pursuant to Philippine Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) Resolution No. 114, series of 2021, the Philippines imposes the following new testing and quarantine protocols effective 08 May 2021:

  • ALL arriving passengers are required to undergo 14-day quarantine upon arrival.
  • Said quarantine must be undertaken in an approved quarantine hotel/facility. For information on approved quarantine hotels/facilities, please refer to the list in this link.
  • On Day 7 from the date of arrival, the traveler is required to undergo RT-PCR test.
  • The traveler must remain in quarantine in the facility up to Day 10, regardless of the result of their RT-PCR test.
  • Should the RT-PCR test yield a negative result, the traveler may complete the rest of their quarantine period (from Day 11 to Day 14) in home quarantine in their local government unit of destination.

All international arrivals, including foreign nationals (except for Section 9(e) visa holders), shall present a pre- booked accommodation for at least six (6) nights in an accredited quarantine hotel/facility at the Immigration counters for initial check.

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

The initial check performed by Immigration authorities shall not in any way interfere with the Department of Tourism's exclusive jurisdiction on the final validation and confirmation of pre-booked accommodation in an accredited quarantine hotel/facility.

All foreign nationals who were cleared for entry but subsequently found to have presented a counterfeit or fraudulent pre-booked accommodation in an accredited quarantine hotel/facility by the Department of Tourism shall be referred to the Bureau of Immigration for deportation proceedings.

 3) LIST OF ACCREDITED QUARANTINE HOTELS/ FACILITIES as of 4 MARCH 2021

Click here for the list of accredited quarantine hotels / facilities.