A real gem of Southeast Asia, for decades the Philippines has been welcoming travelers from North America and Europe who fall for its warm beaches and warmer smiles. With its bustling city-scapes to gorgeous beaches and islands, the Philippines has cemented itself as a top destination in the region with plenty to offer travelers – and it’s open for business once more. Here’s a closer look at what the entry requirements are to visit the Philippines at present.
Entry Requirements For Countries Permitted to Visit Philippines For Tourism
COVID-19 Testing Entry Requirements
In order to be able to enter the Philippines, travelers must take a test for Covid-19. This can be either an RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours of departing from their country of origin or a laboratory-administered antigen/ART test taken 24 hours prior to departure from the country of origin.
Quarantine Entry Requirements
Travelers will not have to quarantine upon arrival in the Philippines, but they are required to self-monitor for symptoms until their 7th day in the country. Those who arrive with issues regarding their Covid-19 vaccination documentation may be asked to quarantine in a government facility.
All travelers heading to the Philippines must fill out the e-Health Declaration Card on the OneHealthPass website. This must be completed the day before or the day of the traveler’s flight. This will provide travelers with a QR code that will be checked upon arrival.
COVID-19 Travel Insurance Entry Requirements
Travelers to the Philippines must present proof of travel insurance purchased before their arrival in the country. The insurance must cover treatment for Covid-19, and it must have a minimum coverage amount of U.S.$35,000. The policy must last for the duration of the traveler’s stay in the Philippines.
COVID-19 Health Requirements While in the Philippines
The wearing of face masks in public places and on public transport has been mandated by the government of the Philippines, with some other facilities – such as medical institutions – also often requiring the use of face shields. Other restrictions may vary from place to place – travelers should ensure they do their research for each destination they are heading to. Those who do not comply may be subjected to fines.
COVID-19 Vaccine Entry Requirements
In order to visit the Philippines, travelers must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Only the following documents are accepted as proof of vaccination:
- World Health Organization International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis; or
- VaxCertPH; or
- National or State digital certificate of the country/foreign government which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement; or
- Other proofs of vaccination are permitted by the IATF.
Visa Entry Requirements For Philippines During COVID-19
Typical pre-Covid visa restrictions still apply for the Philippines. For US citizens, no visa is needed for stays that are 30 days or less, providing they have a valid passport and a return ticket.
Philippines Covid-19 Entry Requirements:
- Take an RT-PCR test 48 hours before flight or an antigen test a day before the flight
- Fill in the e-Health Declaration Card on the OneHealthPass website
- Purchase insurance that covers Covid-19, has a coverage amount of $35,000 or more and lasts the entirety of the trip
- Ensure the vaccinations documents are valid and accepted by the Philippines
Traveler Alert: Don’t Forget Travel Insurance For Your Next Trip!
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