COVID-19 PUBLIC ADVISORY NO. 56: GUIDELINES ON THE ENTRY OF FILIPINOS AND FOREIGN NATIONALS TO THE PHILIPPINES FROM 1 May 2021 (UPDATED AS OF 15 SEPTEMBER 2021)

COVID-19 PUBLIC ADVISORY NO. 56: GUIDELINES ON THE ENTRY OF FILIPINOS AND FOREIGN NATIONALS TO THE PHILIPPINES FROM 1 May 2021 (UPDATED AS OF 15 SEPTEMBER 2021)

The Embassy hereby informs the public that starting 1 May 2021, the entry of Filipinos and foreign nationals to the Philippines shall be guided by the following:

A. Allowed to travel to the Philippines

1. Diplomats and members of International Organizations and their dependents, provided that they have valid 9(e) or 47(a2) visas,

2. Filipino dual citizens, provided that they have any of the following: valid Philippine passport, Identification Certificate (IC) as proof of recognition as a Filipino citizen, or a Certification of Retention/Reacquisition of Philippine citizenship under RA 9225,

3. Foreign nationals with valid and existing visas at the time of entry, including holders of valid 9(c) visa and valid long-term visas,

4. Foreign nationals allowed under the Balikbayan Program (RA 6788), provided they are nationals from non-visa required countries under EO 408:

(a) Former Filipino citizens, together with their foreign spouses and children, regardless of age, who are traveling with them, and

(b) Filipino citizens’ spouses and children, regardless of age, who are traveling with them.

NOTE: Former Filipino citizens should bring proof of former Philippine citizenship including a Philippine-issued birth certificate (from the Philippine Statistics Authority) or an old Philippine passport.

5. Foreign nationals who are NOT traveling with the Filipino national mentioned in Item 4, but are joining the Filipino national in the Philippines, provided that they secure a valid 9 (a) visa with the Philippine Embassy. In addition to the standard requirements for a visa, foreign spouses, parents, and children should submit the following to the Embassy:

(a) Proof of marriage or filiation with the Filipino national (i.e. Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Birth/Marriage Certificate with official PSA receipt or with DFA apostille, Report of Birth/Marriage copy certified by our Embassy, or foreign birth/marriage certificate in English and with Apostille) - original and 1 photocopy, 

(b) Documents showing the Philippine citizenship of the Filipino spouse or parent/child (i.e., copy of Filipino's Philippine passport or any Philippine government-issued ID) - original (if available) and 1 photocopy,

(c) Documents that will establish that the Filipino spouses, parents and/or child/children are presently in the Philippines including a barangay certificate of residency, enrollment records, or employment records,

(d) Notarized Letter of invitation from the Filipino spouse presently residing in the Philippines, 

(e) immigration stamps showing previous visits to the Philippines, and

(f) photos showing personal and face-to-face interactions to establish relationship.

6. Foreign nationals who are holders of valid and existing Special Resident and Retirees Visa (SRRV), without the need for an entry exemption document issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

7. Foreign nationals who are holders of valid and existing Section 9 (a) visas, provided they present, upon arrival, an entry exemption document issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

B. Diversion of flights bound for Mactan-Cebu International Airport to Ninoy Aquino International Airport

In accordance with the Memoranda of the Executive Secretary dated 27 May 2021, all international flights bound for the Mactan-Cebu International Airport shall be diverted to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport effective 0001 H of 29 May 2021
until 2359H of 05 June 2021.

C. Quarantine and Testing for all arriving international passengers (except for fully vaccinated travelers from Green Countries)

All Filipinos and foreign nationals entering the Philippines, except for fully vaccinated travelers from Green Countries, shall be guided by the testing and quarantine protocols as announced in COVID-19 Advisory No. 55. This advisory supersedes all previous advisories by the Embassy on entry procedures for the Philippines, particularly COVID-19 Public Advisory No. 54. Note that travelers referred to in Part C must be included in the list of persons allowed to travel to the Philippines (see Part A). 

D. Quarantine and Testing for Fully Vaccinated Travelers from "Green" Countries

Effective 1 July 2021, fully vaccinated travelers going to the Philippines, including those vaccinated in the Philippines regardless of travel history, and those vaccinated abroad who stayed exclusively in “green” countries/jurisdictions in the past fourteen days immediately preceding arrival, shall be governed by the following guidelines. Note that the fully vaccinated travelers referred to in Part D must be included in the list of persons allowed to travel to the Philippines (see Part A). 

1. “Green” countries/jurisdictions are those classified by the Department of Health as “Low Risk” countries/jurisdictions based on disease incidence rate.  To view the list of green countries, read IATF Resolution No. 136-B series of 2021 dated 3 September 2021. Note that Norway and Iceland are not included in the list of green countries. 

2. Fully vaccinated travelers are persons who have had: 

(a) More than or equal to 2 weeks after having received the second dose in a 2-dose series, or

(b) More than or equal to 2 weeks after having received a single-dose vaccine.

Note that the vaccines administered to the individual must be included in any of the following: (i) Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) List or Compassionate Special Permit (CSP) issued by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration; or (ii) Emergency Use Listing of the World Health Organization.

3. Fully vaccinated individuals shall carry the following as proof of their vaccination status:

(a) Those fully vaccinated in the Philippines must carry their vaccination card which should be verified prior to their departure by a certification issued through the Certificate of Vaccination Record Portal of the Department of Information and Communications Technology or the City Health Officer of the local government unit which administered the full vaccination; or

(b) Those fully vaccinated in countries/jurisdictions outside the Philippines must carry their official documentation of full vaccination validated through the Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLO), or present their International Certificate of Vaccination, whichever is applicable.

(c) The aforementioned documents must be presented to the dedicated Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) representative for re-verification at the Department of Transportation One-Stop-Shop (OSS) upon arrival in the Philippines.

4. Fully vaccinated individuals shall be required to undergo a seven (7) –day facility-based quarantine upon arrival, with the date of arrival being the first day.

5. The BOQ shall ensure strict symptom monitoring while in the facility quarantine for seven (7) days. Thereafter, the individual
is enjoined to monitor themselves for the next seven (7) days for any symptoms.

6. All arriving individuals qualified for a seven (7) –day facility-based quarantine shall undergo Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) testing on the fifth (5th) day of facility-based quarantine with day one being the date of arrival. Should the RT-PCR test yield a negative result, the individual shall complete the seven-day facility-based quarantine. If the result is positive, the individual shall follow the prescribed isolation protocols.

7. Upon completion of the seven (7)-day facility-based quarantine, the BOQ shall issue a Quarantine Certificate indicating therein
the individual’s vaccination status.

8. All arriving fully vaccinated individuals not covered by Part D shall comply with the testing and quarantine protocols as prescribed in Part C of this advisory.

 

 

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