COVID-19 PUBLIC ADVISORY NO. 25: MANDATORY QUARANTINE AND COVID-19 TESTING FOR ALL ARRIVING PASSENGERS TO THE PHILIPPINES

COVID-19 PUBLIC ADVISORY NO. 25: MANDATORY QUARANTINE AND COVID-19 TESTING FOR ALL ARRIVING PASSENGERS TO THE PHILIPPINES

The Embassy informs the public that all Filipinos arriving in the Philippines from overseas who are not Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs, i.e. returning tourists, returning emigrants, students, etc.) and all foreign nationals who are exempted from entry restrictions to the Philippines will now be subjected to the same mandatory quarantine (not exceeding 14 days) and/or COVID-19 testing upon arrival, as required for returning OFWs, pursuant to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) Resolution No. 30, Series 2020 issued on 29 April 2020, which states that all arriving non-OFWs shall be managed in accordance with the updated algorithm for the triage and management of repatriated OFWs from high risk or other jurisdictions issued by the Department of Health and the Bureau of Quarantine

Moreover, all arriving passengers should expect significant delays in traveling to their final destinations outside Metro Manila in view of limited transportation options resulting from the existing enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila and in the different regions, provinces, and cities throughout the country. Prospective travelers are therefore advised to postpone or delay non-essential travel to the Philippines.

Please refer to Department Memorandum No. 2020-200 dated 01 May 2020 from the Department of Health, available below, for specific quarantine and testing procedures to be expected upon arrival in the Philippines.

Please be guided accordingly.