Going to the Philippines? Here's what you need to know

Going to the Philippines? Here's what you need to know

Planning a trip to the Philippines? Here is the information that you must remember.

As the Philippines has relaxed travel restrictions for foreign nationals and returning overseas Filipinos, the government has imposed new requirements for those entering the country. This includes entering information into your eArrival card prior to your departure or arrival.

It is also good news for fully vaccinated international travelers who are no longer required for COVID-19 vaccination/testing and quarantine upon arrival in the Philippines. Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated individuals must still provide a pre-departure negative Rapid Antigen Test result obtained within 24 hours.

You may check below for the important information you need to know upon visiting the Philippines:

Fully Vaccinated Individuals

Fully vaccinated individuals, regardless of age, are no longer required to undergo Covid-19 testing or quarantine upon arrival in the Philippines, according to IATF Resolution No. 2, Series of 2022.

Individuals who have been fully vaccinated are those who:

  • Already received the full dose of the vaccine 14 days prior to departure from the country of origin
  • Are able to present vaccination proof from the World Health Organization, VaxCertPH, a foreign government certificate, or other credible vaccination proof.

Unvaccinated and Partially Vaccinated Individuals

Individuals who have not been vaccinated or have only been partially vaccinated, regardless of age, will be required to provide a negative pre-departure result of a Rapid Antigen Test taken within 24 hours of departure from the country of origin. 

  • The negative test applies to those who have layovers provided that they have not left the airport grounds and have not previously been granted entry into the country of layover before continuing their journey.
  • Another option is to bring a negative Rapid Antigen Test result at the port of entry to be administered by a healthcare professional.
  • Travelers who are 75 years old or younger shall adhere to the protocols of the accompanying guardian or parent.

What if you tested positive for Covid-19?

Any inbound traveler, whether Filipino or foreign national, who tests positive for COVID-19 will be subject to the Philippine Department of Health's latest quarantine and isolation protocols.

Aside from the information provided above, remember to complete the eArrival card at https://www.onehealthpass.com.ph/ before your departure or arrival. Since the Philippines is moving toward making entry requirements more digital, you must fill out the eArrival card and show it to an authorized agent.

That's it; unless you're fully vaccinated or have the necessary documents, it's just easy to go here in the Philippines. You also don't need to sign up for any QR apps when you enter the country because most local governments have stopped using them.


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