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IMPORTANT ADVISORY ON ENTRY RESTRICTIONS IN COMPLIANCE WITH PHILIPPINE REGULATIONS TO PREVENT THE ENTRY OF SARS-COV-2 B.1.617 VARIANT FIRST DETECTED IN INDIA

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 until July 31, 2021:

  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Nepal
  • Sri Lanka
  • Bangladesh
  • Oman
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia (effective July 25, 2021)
  • Thailand (effective July 25, 2021)

NOTES:

  1. Arriving Filipinos under the repatriation program of the government coming from the above travel-restricted countries shall undergo an absolute 14-day facility-based quarantine and be required a negative RT-PCR test result.
  2. In case of non-Philippine government repatriations, All Filipino repatriates from the countries with travel restrictions must present a negative RT-PCR result, with the test taken within forty-eight (48) hours prior to boarding the aircraft or vessel.
  3. Those who transited or who have a mere lay-over at the airport of travel-restricted countries may enter subject to the requirements of the Philippine government listed on the next table below. 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.

If you are not covered by the travel ban above, please identify your traveler type and prepare documentary and other requirements in the guide below:


Passenger Type

Documentary and Other Requirements

(must be presented upon booking, check-in, and to the Immigration Officer upon arrival in the Philippines)

Filipino nationals

  • Philippine Passport
  • Proof of citizenship
  • Pre-booked quarantine hotel accredited by Tourism and Health Agencies for at least 10 days*
  • RT-PCR Test on the 7th day of arrival/quarantine (at traveler’s expense, except for OFWs, which shall be shouldered by OWWA/LMAs)*

*unless fully-vaccinated in the Philippines or fully-vaccinated and coming from a “Green” country, then must only hold a 7-night booking; upon check-in, travelers must present proof of their vaccination. Click here for more details on proof of vaccination status.

Non-Filipino/Foreign spouse4 and children5 or children with special needs5 of a Filipino national

If traveling with Filipino national:

  • Foreign Passport only, no visa needed1 (see notes)
  • Any of the following:
    • For spouses: authentic marriage certificate
    • For children (regardless of age): authentic birth certificate
  • Must meet the additional conditions of the IATF-EID3


If not traveling with Filipino national, Filipino national is currently residing in the Philippines at the intended date of travel:

  • Foreign Passport with Philippine valid entry visa or long-term visa2
  • Any of the following:
    • For spouses: authentic marriage certificate
    • For minor children only (below 18 years old) and children with special needs (regardless of age): authentic birth certificate
  • Must meet the additional conditions of the IATF-EID3

Non-Filipino/Foreign parent of a minor Filipino child5 (below 18  years old) or a child with special needs5 (regardless of age)

  • Foreign Passport with Philippine valid entry visa or long-term visa2
  • Authentic birth certificate of the minor Filipino child or child with special needs
  • Must meet the additional conditions of the IATF-EID3

Former Filipinos (Balikbayan Program), Dual Citizens

  • Foreign Passport AND actual valid, old, or expired Philippine Passport; OR
  • Foreign Passport AND any of the following documents:
    • Authentic Birth Certificate
    • Identification Certificate
    • Certificate of Reacquisition/Retention/Recognition
  • Must meet the additional conditions of the IATF-EID3

Spouse4/Children5 of Former Filipino Nationals (Balikbayan Program)

If traveling with Filipino national:

  • Foreign Passport only, no visa needed1 (see notes)
  • Any of the following:
    • For spouses: authentic marriage certificate
    • For children (regardless of age): authentic birth certificate
  • Must meet the additional conditions of the IATF-EID3

If not traveling with Filipino national, Filipino national is currently residing in the Philippines at the intended date of travel:

  • Foreign Passport with Philippine valid entry visa or long-term visa2
  • Any of the following:
    • For spouses: authentic marriage certificate
    • For children (regardless of age): authentic birth certificate
  • Must meet the additional conditions of the IATF-EID3

Accredited foreign government and international organization officials and their dependents

  • 9(E) visa
  • Subject to arrival and quarantine procedures set by the Philippine Department of Health. Click here for the arrival guide.
  • No need for DFA authorization/endorsement
  • Diplomats are exempted from the arrival quota

Non-Filipino/Foreign seafarers with 9(c) visa

  • Foreign Passport/Seaman’s Book
  • Must meet the additional conditions of the IATF-EID3
Non-Filipino/Foreign nationals in possession of valid certificates 
  • Recognition Certificate (RC) OR
  • Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition Act of 2003 (CRPC) under RA9225 Certificate
Non-Filipino/Foreign nationals with an eligible visa
  • Foreign Passport with valid and existing visa at the time of entry
  • 9 (a) visas will need DFA or NTF authorization/endorsement or entry exemption document*
  • Must meet the additional conditions of the IATF-EID3
*Entry Exemption Documents (EEDs) and/or Letters to the Bureau of Immigration (LBIs) issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs (until February 7, 2021) or National Task Force shall be valid until May 31, 2021 only. EEDs and LBIs issued by the DFA starting February 8, 2021 shall have a validity of 90 days from date of issuance.

Investors granted with Special Investor’s Lane Authority
  • Passport with valid and existing visa at time of entry
  • Submission of certificate of full vaccination with the completed dose dispensed more than two weeks from intended date of departure
  • An RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to departure from country of origin
  • An RT-PCR test administered upon arrival
  • Quarantine stay at an accredited quarantine hotel or facility until a negative RT-PCR test result is released
  • Transfer to the identified hotel after quarantine clearance
  • No travel history from countries under travel restriction within the last 14 days prior to entry in the Philippines

Notes:

1 You may enter into the Philippines visa-free if you are a national of a country listed under Executive Order 408. Click here for the list of countries whose nationals may enter the Philippines without a visa.


2 You must apply and secure a Philippine entry or long-term visa from your country’s Philippine Consulate or at your nearest Philippine Foreign Service Post.


3 Conditions of the IATF-EID:

  • Must have a valid and existing visa at the time of entry unless otherwise stated in the table above
  • With pre-booked accredited quarantine facility/hotel for at least 10 days at the traveler’s expense*;
  • Must undergo RT-PCR testing on the 7th day of quarantine. Non-OFWs and non-Filipinos on PAL flights arriving in Manila will be swabbed by Detoxicare Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory for arrivals in NAIA Terminal 2, or by the Philippine Airport Diagnostics Laboratory for arrivals in NAIA Terminal 1. Those arriving in Laoag will be swabbed by Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center*.
  • *For fully vaccinated travelers who have been inoculated within the Philippines or coming from green countries, they may only need to hold a 7-night booking, and shall undergo an RT-PCR test on the 5th day of their quarantine stay.

       As stated in the IATF resolution, at least one of the three (3) documents will be accepted for verification upon arrival.


  1. Philippine-issued Vaccination Record

Philippine-issued Vaccination record must be verified prior to departure by a certification issued through the Certificate of Vaccination Record Portal of the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) or the City Health Officer of the local government unit who administered the full vaccination. This certification will be presented upon the traveler’s return at the verification area for swift processing for inclusion to the shortened quarantine period.

Travelers who wish to secure a certificate from the DICT may follow the instructions on Advisory No. 55 of the National COVID-19 Vaccination Operations Center.


       B. 
Philippine Overseas labor office (POLO) Certificate

The POLO Certificate will attest the authenticity of the vaccination record from the country of origin. The QMO-on-duty will verify the vaccination status of the traveler. The presentation of POLO Certificate is exclusive to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their spouse, children, and/or parent/s traveling with them. 


       C. WHO’s International Certificate Vaccination

The International Certificate of Vaccination, as specified in the International Health Regulations (2005), will be recognized as proof of vaccination for Covid-19; provided, the vaccine administered is included in the Emergency Use Listing of the World Health Organization.

Other Vaccination Records/Certifications issued by the Foreign State are not yet accepted by the Philippines.


  • Subject to the maximum capacity of inbound passengers as set by the National Task Force for COVID-19.

4 Only marriages under the provisions of the Philippine Family Code shall be honored.


5 For adopted children, please prepare additional documentary proof (e.g., adoption papers).

In cases of foreign law enforcement officers who will enter the Philippines to accept the physical transfer of custody of the person being extradited to the requesting State must follow the testing and arrival protocols as prescribed below:

  • If staying less than 72 hours in the Philippines, a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours prior departure from the country of origin shall be presented upon check-in and arrival
  • If staying more than 72 hours in the Philippines, an RT-PCR test shall be administered upon arrival.

Please be advised that eligible passengers for travel to the Philippines, including documentary and additional requirements are subject to change and assessment of the Immigration Officer upon arrival in the Philippines: