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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 Romania in the past 14 days before scheduled arrival are NOT ALLOWED to enter the Philippines until October 31, 2021:

NOTES:

 

  1. All arriving travelers shall undergo fourteen (14) days of quarantine upon arrival. The first ten (10) days of which shall be observed in a quarantine facility, with the remainder to be completed under home quarantine in their respective local government units of destination;

  2. Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) testing shall be conducted on the 7th day with Day 1 being the day of arrival. Notwithstanding a negative test result, the arriving traveler shall complete the facility-based quarantine period of ten (10) days;

  3. The Bureau of Quarantine shall ensure strict symptom monitoring while in the facility quarantine for ten (10) days;

  4. All passengers, whether Filipinos or foreigners, merely transiting through a Red List country/jurisdiction/territory shall not be deemed as having come from or having been to said country/jurisdiction/territory if they stayed in the airport the whole time and were not cleared for entry into such country/jurisdiction/territory by its immigration authorities;

  5. Upon arrival in the Philippines, passengers covered by the immediately preceding paragraph shall comply with existing testing and quarantine protocols.

 

“Red List” countries/jurisdictions/territories are those classified by the IATF as “High Risk” countries/jurisdictions/territories, upon recommendation of the sub-Technical Working Group on Data Analytics, based on the following metrics: (i.) for populations greater than 100,000, the incidence rate (cumulative new cases over the past 28 days per 100,000 population) shall be more than 500; and (ii.) For populations less than 100,000, the COVID-19 case counts (cumulative new cases over the past 28 days) shall be more than 500, and testing rate of tests over the past 28 days per 100,000 population, as prescribed by its Technical Advisory Group;

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

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:

 

Fully vaccinated individuals coming from “Green” list countries shall follow the revised testing and quarantine protocols effective October 14, 2021,

  1. For foreign nationals
    • a negative Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test shall be required to be taken within seventy-two hours (72 hrs) prior to departure from the country of origin.
    • Upon arrival, no facility-based quarantine will be further required but the passenger is enjoined to self-monitor for any symptoms until the fourteenth (14th) day with the first day being the date of arrival.
  2. For Filipinos (any) of the following depending on the choice of the arriving international passenger:

 

For more information on the eligibility, guidelines, and testing and quarantine protocols for fully vaccinated travelers, visit https://bit.ly/PALTravelsToPH-Vaccinated.

 

For purposes of verification/confirmation of vaccination status, any of the following shall be acceptable: 

 

1. (i) For Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their spouse, parent/s, and/or children traveling with them vaccinated in the Philippines or abroad, 
   (ii) Non-OFWs vaccinated in the country or abroad, and
   (iii) Foreigners vaccinated in the Philippines 


     • VaxCertPH digital vaccination certificate or
     • Bureau of Quarantine/World Health Organization-issued International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICV), or
     • National/state digital certificate of the foreign government where they were vaccinated, which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement unless otherwise specified by IATF



2. For foreign nationals vaccinated abroad

     • WHO-issued ICV, or 
     • National/state digital certificate of the foreign government which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement unless otherwise specified by IATF.

 

 


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: