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IMPORTANT ADVISORY ON ENTRY RESTRICTIONS IN COMPLIANCE WITH PHILIPPINE REGULATIONS AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW COVID-19 STRAIN

Travelers departing from or who have been to the following countries in the past 14 days before scheduled arrival are NOT ALLOWED to enter the Philippines on December 30, 2020 to January 31, 2021:

  • United Kingdom
  • United States (effective January 3, 2021)
  • South Africa 
  •  Switzerland Italy 
  • Denmark
  • Israel
  • Hong Kong, SAR
  • Spain
  • Ireland
  • The Netherlands Singapore
  • Lebanon
  • Japan
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • Sweden
  • Australia
  • France
  • Iceland 
  • South Korea 
  • Portugal (effective January 8, 2021)
  • India (effective January 8, 2021)
  • Finland (effective January 8, 2021)
  • Norway (effective January 8, 2021)
  • Jordan (effective January 8, 2021)
  • Brazil (effective January 8, 2021)
  • Austria (effective January 10, 2021)
  • China (effective January 13, 2021, 12:01PM, MNL time)
  • Pakistan (effective January 13, 2021, 12:01PM, MNL time)
  • Jamaica (effective January 13, 2021, 12:01PM, MNL time)
  • Luxembourg (effective January 13, 2021, 12:01PM, MNL time)
  • Oman (effective January 13, 2021, 12:01PM, MNL time)
  • Hungary (effective January 17, 2021)
  • United Arab Emirates (effective January 17, 2021)
  • Czech Republic (effective January 28, 2021)

EXEMPTIONS: The following are exempted in this travel restriction and are ALLOWED to enter the Philippines, subject to certain arrival and quarantine protocols.

  • Filipino nationals (see notes #1, #2). For purposes of allowing entry, a passenger shall be considered a Filipino citizen upon presentation of either of the following documents:

          o Valid Philippine passport
          o Identification Certificate (IC)
          o Certificate of Re-acquisition/Retention of Philippine Citizenship (CRPC)

             

              Passengers shall be treated as foreign nationals if they failure to present the above
              -mentioned  documents; thus, guidelines on travel restrictions shall apply.


  • Effective January 08, 2021: Unaccompanied minor Filipino nationals (below 18 years old) only if traveling under repatriation programs of the government, who shall be turned over to Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Unaccompanied minor Filipino nationals not under repatriation programs of the government will not be allowed entry. (see notes #3)
  • Filipino citizens arriving for highly exceptional and/or medical reasons, and local diplomats, who shall be subject to the applicable quarantine protocols as prescribed by the Department of Health 
  • The following non-Filipinos with valid visa:

    o Accredited non-Filipino diplomats and personnel of accredited international organizations such as the World Health Organization and the United Nations shall be exempted from quarantine protocols provided they will undergo RT-PCR test upon arrival at the airport, execute an undertaking, and observe strict 14-day quarantine pursuant to relevant DOH memorandum circular. Valid visas include 9(e) or diplomatic/official/regular passport holder with valid 9(a) visa and DFA authorization.

    o Non-Filipino dignitaries with DFA authorization who shall observe existing testing and quarantine protocols upon arrival

    o Those for medical and emergency cases, including their medical escorts, if any, with valid 9(a) visa and DFA authorization, and subject to the applicable testing and quarantine protocols as prescribed by the Department of Health 

    o Non-Filipino Spouse and minor children (below 18 years old) of Filipino citizens travelling with them, and with valid visas (existing or new), subject to the same testing and quarantine protocols applicable to Filipino citizens. 

    o Those with valid entry restriction document issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs during the uration of the travel restrictions (DFA Exemption from the Temporary Suspension of Visa Issuance for Foreign Nationals from Travel-Restricted Countries)

NOTES:

1. Eligible passengers departing from or who have been to these countries in the past 14 days before scheduled arrival are allowed to enter the Philippines, but must take an RT-PCR Test upon arrival. For OFWs, the tests will be shouldered and administered by the Philippine Red Cross and Philippine Coast Guard. In compliance with Philippine Department of Health regulations, non-OFWs and eligible non-Filipinos will undergo swabbing twice upon arrival to obtain two specimen samples, but shall only pay for the price of one RT-PCR Test (PHP 4,000) via PAL’s One-Stop-Shop.


If you are originating from these listed countries, you are required to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine, or stay until a negative test result of another RT-PCR Test on the 5th day is released. OFWs will be accommodated for free at a government-designated stringent quarantine facility. Non-OFWs and eligible non-Filipinos will be assigned a quarantine facility designated by the Philippine government, subject to availability of accommodation. 

In cases where hotels designated by the Philippine government are at full capacity, non-OFWs and eligible non-Filipinos must prepare to shoulder their accommodation in one of the hotels suitable for the 14-day stringent quarantine.
 
PAL shall not be liable for the unavailability of government-provided hotel accommodation or for any and all hotel accommodation costs incurred or to be incurred by travelers in compliance with the 14-day mandatory quarantine.

If you do not wish to stay at your assigned hotel, or there is no available government-designated facility upon arrival, you must choose your own DOT-accredited hotel suitable for stringent quarantine and at your own expense, including your transportation from the airport to the hotel. You may also book 5-day to 14-day quarantine stay in advance. Click this link For the list of accredited hotels suitable for stringent quarantine.

If you test negative on your first RT-PCR Test, you will receive an e-mail of your result and another e-mail asking whether you wish to avail a second RT-PCR Test or continue your 14-day quarantine. 

If the second test yields a negative result, you are cleared to check out from your quarantine hotel and encouraged to complete your 14-day quarantine under the monitoring of your Local Government Unit (LGU). Please note that the Bureau of Quarantine defines Day Zero (0) to commence upon arrival at the airport, and day One (1) shall begin after twenty-four (24) hours of arrival to the Philippines. You may take your test on day Five (5), which shall begin after one hundred twenty (120) hours of arrival to the Philippines.

For non-OFWs and eligible non-Filipinos
If you are currently quarantined at a government-designated facility for free, the second swab test is also for free and shall be administered by the Philippine Red Cross and Philippine Coast Guard. For a follow-up on your scheduled swab test, please coordinate with the head nurse available in your hotel.

If you are currently quarantined at an accredited hotel of your choice and your own account, the second swab test costs PHP 4,000 and shall be at your own expense. The test will be administered by Detoxicare Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory in your room or at a prescribed area in the hotel, with test results released within 24 hours. You can pay on the day of your test or via online. Please note that our testing partner requires a two-day lead time between your registration on the second test and the actual day of testing.

Travelers in government-designated facilities only WITHIN Metro Manila have the option to undergo the second RT-PCR test at their own expense. Please read below the details of this option.

For OFWs
The option for a second RT-PCR Test should be coordinated by OWWA and the relevant governing authorities.

After receiving your second test result, you can request for a quarantine certificate by registering on the DOH-BOQ certificate site at quarantinecertificate.com. Please present your two negative test results and the quarantine certificate for clearance from your hotel.

If you are transiting through these listed countries, you must undergo hotel quarantine until you receive your negative RT-PCR Test result. Transiting passengers are defined as those who have been to the airport the whole time and have not been cleared entry to the countries above by its immigration authorities.  
 
2. Passengers who are already in transit and will be arriving in the Philippines on December 29 and before 12:01AM of December 30, 2020 from these countries (before 12:01 AM of January 3, 2021 for the US, before 12:01 AM of January 8, 2021 for Portugal, India, Finland, Norway, Jordan, and Brazil, before 12:01 AM of January 10, 2021 for Austria, before 12:01 PM of January 13, 2021 for China, Pakistan, Jamaica, Luxembourg, and Oman, before 12:01 AM of January 17, 2021 for UAE and Hungary, and before 12:01 AM of January 28, 2021 for Czech Republic), including travelers who have been to the same countries within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines will be allowed to enter, and must take an RT-PCR Test and undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine If you are originating from these listed countries, you are required to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine, or stay until a negative test result of another RT-PCR Test on the 5th day is released. OFWs will be accommodated for free at a stringent quarantine facility designated by the government for their 14-day quarantine. Non-OFWs and eligible non-Filipinos will be assigned a government-designated facility, subject to availability; or, a DOT-accredited hotel for stringent quarantine at their own expense, including transportation from the airport to hotel. Click this link For the list of accredited hotels suitable for stringent quarantine.
 
3. Unaccompanied minor Filipino citizens who are not part of the repatriation program of the national government, arriving before 12:01 AM of January 8, 2021 shall be turned over to an authorized DSWD officer who can ensure their safety and observance of quarantine protocols.


Please be guided on the modified step-by-step arrival and quarantine procedures below.


BEFORE YOU FLY AND DURING CHECK-IN

1. As early as 3 days prior to your departure, register and accomplish the Electronic Case Investigation Form and save the confirmation e-mail and QR code:
 
    For OFWs and unaccompanied minor Filipino nationals:
https://bit.ly/MNLPHRedCrosseCIF
    For sea-based OFWs: https://ecif.firstaide.ph 
    For non-OFWs and eligible non-Filipinos:
https://bit.ly/MNLPALeCIF 


2. For non-OFWs and eligible non-Filipinos, download, print, and accomplish the Affidavit of Undertaking for submission upon arrival in the Philippines.

    For land-based OFWs, create/update your account on the OFW Assistance Information System (OASIS) at http://oasis.owwa.gov.ph/


3. Upon check-in, sign the Declaration and Waiver Form presented by our check-in agent, indicating that you are healthy and fit to travel.


DURING THE FLIGHT

4. Accomplish the Health Declaration Form and Arrival Card.


WHEN YOU ARRIVE

5. Upon arrival, listen to the briefing conducted by the Philippine Coast Guard.

6.  Undergo a temperature check, submit the Health Declaration Form upon deplaning, and proceed to the designated waiting area. For OFWs, fill out the Project Care Slip.

7.  Wait for your turn to proceed to the verification and barcoding booth.

8.  Present the QR code sent to you after accomplishing the e-CIF. For non-OFWs and eligible non-Filipinos, pay for your RT-PCR Test. The test costs Php 4,000 and you may pay in cash (PHP or USD), card, GCash, PayPal™, WeChat Pay, or Alipay. ATMs are available inside the terminal.

9.  Undergo the COVID-19 RT-PCR Test. In compliance with Philippine Department of Health regulations, non-OFWs and eligible non-Filipinos will undergo swabbing twice upon arrival to obtain two specimen samples, but shall only pay for the price of one RT-PCR Test.

10. Help Desks are available at the waiting area for passengers who do not have smart devices/phones. Charging stations are also available.

11. Clear with immigration and submit the Arrival Card.

12. Proceed to your respective desks for your quarantine hotel assignment:
  • For non-OFWs and eligible non-Filipinos, proceed to the DOT desk. You will be assigned a quarantine facility designated by the Philippine government, subject to availability of accommodation. Please inform the DOT personnel if you wish to avail of the second swab test on the 5th day of your quarantine stay.

    In cases where hotels designated by the Philippine government are at full capacity, travelers must prepare to shoulder their accommodation in one of the hotels suitable for the 5-day to 14-day stringent quarantine.

    PAL shall not be liable for the unavailability of government-provided hotel accommodation or for any and all hotel accommodation costs incurred or to be incurred by travelers in compliance with the 5-day to 14-day mandatory quarantine.


    If you do not wish to stay at your assigned hotel, or there is no available government-designated facility upon arrival, you must choose your own DOT-accredited hotel suitable for stringent quarantine and at your own expense, including your transportation from the airport to the hotel. You may also book your 14-day quarantine stay in advance. Click this link for a list of DOH-accredited hotel suitable for stringent quarantine. After arranging your hotel and transportation, fill out the Affidavit of Undertaking and ensure that this has been signed or stamped by the hotel verifier.

    Note: Hotels suitable for stringent quarantine are designated facilities to those travelers coming from high-risk areas or vessels as identified by WHO, and those who exhibit flu-like symptoms as identified by the health officer at the airport. These are different from hotels suitable only for mandatory quarantine.

  • For land-based OFWs and your dependents, proceed to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Desk. Present the same QR code from the e-CIF and submit the OWWA Project Care Slip.
  • For sea-based OFWs and your dependents, proceed to the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) Desk.

    Accommodation expenses for OFWs will be shouldered by the Philippine government.

13. Claim your baggage at the designated carousel and clear with Customs Check.

14. Exit the terminal and wait for your shuttle/bus that will take you to your assigned hotel. If you chose your own hotel, submit the Affidavit of Undertaking before exiting the terminal. You must also arrange for your own transportation.

AT THE QUARANTINE HOTEL

15. Check in at your hotel and wait for the release of your test results. The timings on release of test results are not definite and may be shortened or extended.

If you test positive, the BOQ shall contact and transfer you to a designated facility/hospital for further medical management.

For non-OFWs and eligible non-Filipinos, if you test negative on your first RT-PCR Test, you will receive an e-mail of your result and another e-mail asking whether you wish to avail a second RT-PCR Test or continue your 14-day quarantine.

If the second test yields a negative result, you are cleared to check out from your quarantine hotel and encouraged to complete your 14-day quarantine under the monitoring of your Local Government Unit (LGU). Please note that the Bureau of Quarantine defines Day Zero (0) to commence upon arrival at the airport, and day One (1) shall begin after twenty-four (24) hours of arrival to the Philippines. You may take your test on day Five (5), which shall begin after one hundred twenty (120) hours of arrival to the Philippines.

If you are currently quarantined at a government-designated facility for free, the second swab test is also for free and shall be administered by the Philippine Red Cross and Philippine Coast Guard. For a follow-up on your scheduled swab test, please coordinate with the head nurse available in your hotel.

If you are currently quarantined at an accredited hotel of your choice and your own account, the second swab test costs PHP 4,000 and shall be at your own expense. The test will be administered by Detoxicare Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory in your room or at a prescribed area in the hotel, with test results released within 24 hours. You can pay on the day of your test or via online. Please note that our testing partner requires a two-day lead time between your registration on the second test and the actual day of testing.

Travelers in government-designated facilities only WITHIN Metro Manila have the option to undergo the second RT-PCR test at their own expense and to be administered by Detoxicare Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory. 

For OFWs, if you test negative on your first RT-PCR Test, the option for a second RT-PCR Test should be coordinated by OWWA and the relevant governing authorities.

After receiving your second test result, you can request for a quarantine certificate by registering on the DOH-BOQ certificate site at quarantinecertificate.comPlease present your two negative test results and the quarantine certificate for clearance from your hotel.

You also have the option to complete your 14-day quarantine instead. This is only applicable for travelers who are currently quarantined at an accredited hotel of their choice and own account. Day One (1) shall begin after twenty-four (24) hours of arrival to the Philippines. Once the absolute 14-day quarantine is completed, you will be issued a certificate of completion by the Bureau of Quarantine, and you shall be released from the facility/hotel on the 15th day of your quarantine stay. For the distribution of your certificate, please coordinate with a DOT-representative (for non-OFWs and eligible non-Filipinos) or an OWWA-representative (for OFWs) at your designated quarantine facility or hotel.

For passengers transiting through the listed countries: Present your test result together with your medical certificate to the assigned quarantine personnel at your hotel. Please complete your 14-day quarantine at home. For a hard copy of your certificate, printing services will be available at your hotel.


16.  Your accommodation and food during your stay will be shouldered by the Philippine government, unless you chose and arranged your own hotel and transportation.

GOING HOME

17. Once you are cleared, you may contact your relatives to pick you up and bring you home.
  • For non-OFWs, further transportation to your final point of arrival will be at your own arrangement and expense.
  • For Land-Based OFWs, you may coordinate with OWWA or use the OWWA Uwian Na portal for further transportation needs after your final point of arrival.
  • For Sea-Based OFWs, you may coordinate with your Local Manning Agency (LMA) for further transportation needs after your final point of arrival.