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Travel to the Philippines

Effective 24 December 2020 until 15 January 2021, entry restrictions have been imposed on foreign nationals arriving in the Philippines from  the following Countries:

effective 24 December 2020, 12:01AM Philippine Time
1. United Kingdom 

effective 30th December 2020, 12:01AM Philippine Time
2. Switzerland
3. Denmark
4. Ireland
5. Germany
6. Australia
7. Iceland
8. South Africa
9. Italy
10. Israel
11. Spain
12. Netherlands
13. Lebanon
14. Canada
15. Sweden
16. France
17. Hong Kong
18. Singapore
19. Japan
20. South Korea

effective 3rd January 2021, 12:01AM Philippine Time
21. United States of America

effective 8th January 2021, 12:01AM Philippine Time
22. Portugal 
23. India 
24. Finland
25. Norway 
26. Jordan 
27. Brazil 

effective 10th January 2021, 12:01AM Philippine Time
28. Austria

effective 13th January 2021, 12:01PM Philippine Time                              
29. Pakistan                                   
30. Jamaica                                    
31. Luxembourg                             
32. Oman                      
33. Peoples Republic of China   

Transiting Passengers (Foreign and Filipino Nationals) from the above mentioned countries above shall be allowed entry provided that the passenger goes through Airside Transfer facility. Transiting passengers who left the airport or were cleared for entry to the covered countries by its immigration authorities shall be prohibited from entering the Philippines.

Foreign passengers coming from or who have been to above mentioned within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines, shall be prohibited from entering the country from the specified date of effectivity.

Effective immediately, foreign passengers coming from, or who have been to the abovementioned countries/jurisdictions within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines, arriving before the specified date of effectivity Manila time, shall be allowed to enter the Philippines. However, they shall be required to undergo an absolute facility based 14 day quarantine period, even if they obtain a negative COVID 19 RT PCR test result.

Filipino citizens coming from, or who have been to the abovementioned countries/jurisdictions, within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines, including those arriving after the specified date of effectivity shall be allowed to enter the Philippines. However, they shall be required to undergo an absolute facility based 14 day quarantine period, even if they obtain a negative COVID 19 RT PCR test result.


On Incoming Unaccompanied Minors

Effective January 8, 2021, 12:01AM, all unaccompanied minor Filipino citizens (below 18 years old) coming from countries/jurisdictions where travel restrictions are in place on account of the new variant of COVID-19, shall not be allowed entry until January 15, 2021, except minors returning through the repatriation program of the national government. These repatriated minors shall be turned over to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration house parent who, in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), shall ensure the minors’ safety and their observance of quarantine protocols.

All unaccompanied minor Filipino citizens who are not part of the repatriation program of the national government, arriving before January 8, 2021, 12:01AM, shall be turned over to an authorized DSWD officer who can ensure the minors’ safety and their observance to quarantine protocols.

All unaccompanied minors coming from travel restricted countries prior to 00:01LCL 8 January 2021 shall be allowed entry.

All unaccompanied minors coming from non-travel restricted countries shall be allowed entry.

Visa issuances and endorsements or exemptions provided by the government for any passengers passing to the said restricted countries are deemed suspended/invalidated effective 00:01 Philippine Time 30 December 2020 until 15 January 2021.

Exemption for entry restriction are allowed for below categories:


A. Filipino citizens (Valid Philippines Passport holders or are dual citizens)

B. OFW’s and Returning Overseas Filipinos shall be quarantined at government designated quarantine facilities for 14 days. All quarantine facility accommodations will be shouldered by the government.

C. Local/Accredited foreign diplomats and international organizations such as the World Health Organization and the United Nations shall be exempted from quarantine protocols provided they will undergo COVID-19 RT-PCR test upon arrival at the airport, execute an undertaking, and observe strict 14 day quarantine pursuant to relevant DOH Memorandum Circular. Must have a Valid 9E Visa; or 9A Visa plus a proper Department of Foreign Affairs Authorization.

D. Foreign Dignitaries with Department of Foreign Affairs Authorization

E. Those for medical and emergency cases, including their medical escorts. Must have 9A Visa plus a proper Department of Foreign Affairs Authorization.

If you are travelling to the Philippines, you are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and wait for your test results at accredited quarantine hotels.

Travel eligibility

Visa on arrival for eligible nationalities is suspended and international connections/transit are no longer permitted.

COVID-19 testing requirements

Passengers travelling to the Philippines must take a COVID-19 RT-PCR test on arrival and undergo quarantine procedures in approved facilities while awaiting for the test results. The cost of quarantine accommodations shall be shouldered by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) for land-based OFWs and by the local manning agency and/or Maritime Industry Authority for sea-based OFWs. OFWs must present their Overseas Employment Card (OEC) or Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) card at the time of check-in for validation.

Passengers, particularly Non-OFW (Overseas Filipino Workers), may undergo the required COVID-19 RT-PCR swab test at the accredited private testing centres established at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at their own cost (approximately USD 80 or PHP 4,000).

For returning residents (Non-Overseas Filipino workers) arriving in Manila, swabbing arrangements must be pre-registered by accessing the Philippine Airport Diagnostic Laboratory.

Quarantine

Non-OFWs, namely Overseas Filipinos (OFs) returning home can choose from among the approved quarantine facilities at their own cost. Before arriving at the airport, passengers must also complete the Case Investigation form, the Affidavit of Undertaking form, and the Health Declaration card.

Other information

It is mandatory to wear a face mask and face shield within the terminal and all public transportation in the Philippines.

Travel to Cebu

Please read the arrival guidelines, list of accredited hotels and complete the online registration form for passengers travelling via Mactan Cebu International Airport.

Travel to Clark

If you are travelling to Clark, you must have a confirmed booking at an accredited quarantine hotel.

Quarantine

Non Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) travelling to Clark (CRK) must have advanced booking at any of the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) accredited hotels.

Required forms

Non-OFWs, seafarers, and foreign nationals must register using e-CIF and provide the required information on the Clark International Airport website.

OFWs must complete the following forms:

Travelling to, from and through Dubai

If you're travelling to, from or transiting through Dubai, please check our Travel requirements for Dubai.