COVID-19 PUBLIC ADVISORY NO. 63: Entry Rules for Fully Vaccinated Filipinos and Foreign Nationals Traveling to the Philippines (Updated as of 30 May 2022)

COVID-19 PUBLIC ADVISORY NO. 63: Entry Rules for Fully Vaccinated Filipinos and Foreign Nationals Traveling to the Philippines (Updated as of 30 May 2022)

This announcement on the entry rules for Filipinos and foreign nationals has been updated as of 30 May 2022. Please be guided accordingly.

The following entry rules for fully vaccinated foreign nationals traveling to the Philippines will be implemented:

  1. Foreign nationals may enter the Philippines without need of an Entry Exemption Document (EED); provided they comply with the applicable visa requirements and immigration entry and departure formalities; and provided further that they:
    1. Are fully vaccinated, as defined in Section 2 below, except only for minor children below twelve (12) years of age traveling with their fully vaccinated foreign parent/s;
    2. Carry/possess an acceptable proof of vaccination, as set out in Section 3 below;
    3. Present a negative RT-PCR test taken within forty-eight (48) hours or a negative laboratory-based Antigen Test taken within twenty-four (24) 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- overs; provided, that, he/she has not left the airport premises or has not been admitted into another country during such lay-over; (UPDATE: Under IATF-EID Resolution 168, inbound passengers need not present an RT-PCR test, on conditions that they are 18 years old and above, and have at least one booster shot against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Also exempted from the pre-departure RT-PCR requirement are those aged 12 to 17 who have received two Covid-19 vaccine shots, as well as those aged below 12 who are accompanied by fully vaccinated or boosted parents or guardians.
    4. Have passports valid for a period of at least six (6) months at the time of their arrival to the Philippines;
    5. Except for foreign spouses and/or children of Filipino citizens and former Filipino citizens with Balikbayan privileges under Republic Act No. 9174, including their foreign spouse and/or children who: (i) are not balikbayans in their own right, and (ii) are traveling with them to the Philippines, have valid tickets for their return journey to the port of origin or next port of destination not later than thirty (30) days from date of arrival in the Philippines; AND
    6. Obtain, prior to arrival, a travel insurance for COVID-19 treatment costs from reputable insurance providers, with a minimum coverage of USD 35,000.00 for the duration of their stay in the Philippines. (UPDATE: According to IATF-EID Resolution 168, the travel insurance requirement for incoming passengers has been lifted.)
  1. A foreign national shall be deemed fully vaccinated only if he/she is fully compliant with the following requisites:
    1. Received the second (2nd) dose in a 2-dose series or a single dose vaccine more than fourteen (14) days prior to the date and time of departure from the country of origin/port of embarkation.
    2. The vaccine is included in any of the following:
      1. Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) List or Compassionate Special Permit (CSP) issued by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration; or
      2. Emergency Use Listing of the World Health Organization.
  1. The following shall be the only acceptable proofs of vaccination, which shall be presented prior to departing/boarding from the country of origin/port of embarkation and upon arrival in the country:
    1. World Health Organization International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis
    2. VaxCertPH
    3. National or state manual or digital certificate of the country/foreign government Update: The national or state manual or digital certificate of the country/foreign government does not require reciprocal agreement and acceptance with the Philippines. 
    4. Other proofs of vaccination permitted by the IATF

 

  1. Foreign nationals who fail to fully comply with the conditions and requisites set forth in Sections 1 to 3 above shall be denied admission into the Philippines and shall be subject to the appropriate exclusion proceedings.
  1. Once admitted into the Philippines, they are no longer required to observe facility-based quarantine but shall self-monitor for any sign or symptom for seven (7) days with the first day being the date of arrival. However, they are required to report to the local government unit (LGU) of their destination should they manifest any symptoms.
  1. Foreign nationals with valid and subsisting Entry Exemption Documents (EED) issued prior to 01 April 2022 shall be allowed entry pursuant to Section C of IATF Resolution 160-B.

Unvaccinated passengers

Travelers who are unvaccinated or partially unvaccinated or have unverified vaccination status must present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours or a negative laboratory-based rapid antigen negative test result administered and certified by a healthcare professional taken within 24 hours prior to the date and time of departure from the country of origin or first port of embarkation in a continuous travel to the Philippines.

They are also required to undergo facility-based quarantine until the release of their negative RT-PCR test taken on the fifth day from the date of their arrival in the Philippines. They must also undergo home quarantine until their 14th day in the country.

This advisory supersedes all previous advisories by the Embassy on entry rules for the Philippines.

Read the full text of IATF Resolution 168 dated 26 May 2022 below.

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