PHL now open to all fully vaccinated foreign nationals starting April 1

The Philippines is now open to all fully vax foreign nationals, including tourists, beginning April 1, 2022. They are no longer required to enter the country with an Entry Exemption Document (EDD).

Malacañang announced on Friday, March 25, 2022, that foreign nationals may now enter the Philippines without requiring an Entry Exemption Document (EDD), subject to certain conditions.

Michel Kristian R. Ablan, Presidential Communications Undersecretary and Deputy Presidential Spokesperson, announced the decision previously approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) at its 165th meeting.

These conditions include the following:

  1. Foreign nationals must be fully vaccinated, except for minor children under the age of 12 traveling with fully vaccinated parents.
  2. They must also carry acceptable proof of vaccination.
  3. They must have a passport valid for at least six months at the time of their arrival in the Philippines.

Additionally, these foreign nationals must purchase travel insurance for COVID-19 treatment costs from reputable insurance providers before arrival, with a minimum coverage of USD 35,000.00 for their stay in the Philippines.

Usec Ablan added that these foreign nationals must also present a negative real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test within 48 hours or a negative laboratory-based antigen test within 24 hours before the date and time of departure from the country of origin/first port of embarkation in a continuous travel to the Philippines, excluding layovers, and that they have not left the airport premises or been admitted into another country during such layover.

“Except for foreign spouses and/or children of Filipino citizens and former Filipino citizens with Balikbayan privileges under Republic Act No. 9174, including their foreign spouse and/or children who: one, are not balikbayans in their own right, and two, are traveling with them to the Philippines, they must have valid tickets for their return journey to the port of origin or next port of destination not later than 30 days from date of arrival in the Philippines,” Ablan stated. —Tacloban News Update (Source: OPS)
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