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Travel Requirements for Foreigners and Returning Filipinos Entering the Philippines

Last February 2022, the Philippines have finally opened its borders to fully-vaccinated tourists. Once you arrive in the Philippines, you are no longer required to observe facility based quarantine but must self-monitor for any COVID-19 symptoms for 7 days from your arrival.

Here are the requirements for foreigners entering the Philippines:

1. Proof of two doses of COVID vaccination. Your vaccine must either appear on the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) List or Compassionate Special Permit (CSP) issued by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration or have received Emergency Use Listing by the World Health Organization.

2. Negative RT-PCR Test taken within forty-eight (48) hours prior to the date and time of departure from the country of origin/first port of embarkation in a continuous travel to the Philippines, excluding lay-over.

3. Register to Bureau of Quarantine One Health Pass before your date of arrival. You can fill out the online form 72 hours before your flight. You will be required to upload your COVID vaccination proof and your RT-PCR Test. After doing so, you will receive a unique QR code on your email which you will need to present to your airline prior to boarding and on arrival at your airport in the Philippines.

4. COVID health insurance with at least $35,000 USD coverage for the whole duration of your stay in the country.

5. Valid outbound ticket for your return journey to the port of origin or next port of destination not later than thirty (30) days from the date of your arrival in the country.

For returning Filipinos (non-OFWs):

1. COVID vaccination certificate
2. One Health Pass

Experience arriving in the Philippines

Based on my personal experience entering the Philippines last March 2022, the situation in NAIA Terminal 3 was quite chaotic as there are lots of passengers that arrived during that day from different airlines that we waited for 3 hours just to get through the immigration. But despite that, I admire all the staff, coast guards, army soldiers (yes, didn’t expect to see them there) who tried their best to manage the situation. I hope they’ll find a way to make the process efficient and less time consuming.

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