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COVID-19 and Travel Information
Last Updated: October 3, 2022
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October 3, 2022

COVID-19 Information

As of June 12, 2022, the CDC rescinded its Order requiring all airline or other aircraft passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 to board flights to the United States from a foreign country.  CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.  For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers .

All non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States are required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding.  This requirement does not apply to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, U.S. lawful permanent residents (Green Card holders), or immigrants.

The CDC will consider exceptions to COVID-19-related vaccination requirements on an extremely limited basis.  See our website for more information on how to apply for an exception through the U.S. Embassy in Manila. 

Please see the CDC website for Philippines Travel Advisory and COVID-19 vaccination information.

Country-Specific Information

The National Capital Region (NCR) is under Alert Level 1 effective July 16, 2022 until further notice according to the Philippine Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases  (IATF).  For more information about the current Alert Level classifications, see the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) website.

As of September 12, 2022, wearing of face masks is voluntary in open spaces and non-crowded outdoor areas with good ventilation.  Not fully vaccinated individuals, senior citizens, and immunocompromised individuals are still highly encouraged to wear masks and observe physical distancing.  Face masks continue to be mandatory in indoor private and public establishments, including in all public transportation, and in outdoor settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained.  For information about public health protocols, please visit the Philippine Department of Health’s website.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are either PCR or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in the Philippines?  Yes.
  • Are test results reliably available within one day?  Yes.

Pursuant to IATF regulations, COVID-19 testing facilities may require a copy of your passport and proof of residence or accommodation, including but not limited to a valid Philippine driver’s license, barangay (neighborhood) certificate, or utility bills.  Please contact the testing facility for their requirements prior to your appointment and review this list of Philippine DOH-accredited testing centers.  In general, payment is in cash only by the U.S. citizen prior to testing.  Costs vary according to the test given and the medical facility and may be higher to guarantee receipt of test results within 24 hours.

Please work directly with your testing provider if you require test results within a certain timeframe.  Results often are sent via email or obtained through the medical facility’s online patient portal.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

  • Has the Government of the Philippines approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes.
  • Are vaccines available in the Philippines for U.S. citizens to receive?  Yes, but circumstances may be limited.

Contact your Local Government Unit (LGU) for information on whether you qualify to receive the vaccine and the timeline for distribution.  Dual U.S.-Philippine citizens should be eligible for vaccinations under local programs.  DOH Memorandum 2021-0157 clarifies that foreign nationals and diplomats with legal residency status in the Philippines shall be included in the priority group appropriate to their circumstances.  U.S. citizens working for private companies in the Philippines should inquire with their employers about vaccine distribution plans.  For more information, visit the Philippine DOH Beat COVID-19 website.

U.S. Veterans currently receiving healthcare benefits from the VA Manila Outpatient Clinic will continue to receive e-mail updates about COVID-19 vaccinations directly from the VA Clinic. More information is available on the VA webpage.

The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccinations.

  • Which vaccines are available in the Philippines?

The Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted authorization for emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, CoronaVac (Sinovac), Sputnik V, Janssen, Covaxin, and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.  For up-to-date information about COVID-19 vaccines in the Philippines, please visit the Philippine DOH website.  Visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.

Travelers who are fully vaccinated may be interested in an International Certificate of Vaccination (ICV or “yellow card”) from the Philippine Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ).  The ICV can be used as proof of vaccination within the Philippines and internationally.  Each ICV has a unique QR code, allowing local and international authorities to verify its authenticity.  Visit the BOQ’s website for more information.

On December 21, 2021, the Philippine government, through the BOQ, confirmed that it will accept and recognize U.S. COVID-19 vaccine certificates, including the U.S. CDC Vaccination Card, as proof of vaccination status for people vaccinated in the United States.

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter?  Yes.

Entry to the Philippines:  Although travel to the Philippines is now permitted, U.S. citizens should know and comply with arrival and departure requirements as promulgated by the Philippine government, which generally include the following as a minimum:

  • Being fully vaccinated, except for minor children below age 12 traveling with fully vaccinated parents who can present acceptable proof of vaccination.  Unvaccinated foreign nationals will not be allowed admission into the Philippines, and;
  • Passport valid for at least six (6) months at the time of entry.

When making travel plans, check destination-specific travel requirements to avoid unnecessary delays.

Foreign nationals who are fully vaccinated with at least one booster shot are no longer required to provide a negative RT-PCR test, provided they present proof of vaccination along with their valid passport; see IATF Resolution 168 for more information.

Foreign spouses and/or children of Filipino citizens and former Filipino citizens with balikbayan privilege under Republic Act No. 9174, including their foreign spouse and/or children who: (i) are not balikbayans in the own right and (ii) are traveling with them to the Philippines — who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated and do not have boosters, are subject to quarantine upon arrival.  You have the option to choose your quarantine facility.  A list of quarantine facilities is available on the BOQ website.

The Philippine government requires all arriving passengers to complete a BOQ e-Health Declaration Card (e-HDC).  This includes children.  You can register up to three days in advance of your departure for the Philippines through the BOQ’s One Health Pass webpage.  Remember to save a copy of the transaction number and QR code, which will be required by Philippine immigration authorities.

Return to the United States from the Philippines: As of Sunday, June 12 at 12:01 a.m. EDT, the CDC rescinded its Order requiring all airline or other aircraft passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 to board any aircraft destined to the United States from a foreign country.  Of note, CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.  For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

Please visit the U.S. Embassy’s COVID-19 and Travel Information page for information on the most current Philippine entry and exit regulations and procedures.

The links below may also be helpful when planning your travel to the Philippines:

Philippine Bureau of Immigration Advisory on Revised Travel Restrictions Guidelines and Quarantine Classifications for Arriving Foreign Nationals

Bureau of Quarantine Website on One Health Pass and e-Health Declaration Card

Travelers between the United States and the Philippines traveling on a Philippine carrier will be required to wear masks in the terminal and for the duration of their flight.

  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (RT-PCR and/or serology) required for entry?  Yes.

See above and the BI website for more information, as well as Executive Order No. 408 (s.1960) and IATF Resolution 168.

  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry?  Yes.

Information about health screening procedures is available from the PCOO,Clark International Airport, and Philippine Airlines. See above and the BI website for more information, as well as Executive Order No. 408 (s.1960) and IATF Resolution 160-B.

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place?  No.

Keep in mind that curfew restrictions may be reinstated at any time.

  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel?  No, but travelers are advised to check with their destination for additional documentary requirements.

Quarantine Information

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?    Yes, but circumstances may be limited.

See above under Entry and Exit Requirements and the BI website for more information.

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating?  Yes.

Commercial flights are limited throughout the country.  Flight availability varies by location.

  • Is public transportation operating?  Yes.

Availability varies based on instructions from the LGU.  Masks are required on public transportation.  The number of passengers per taxi is limited due to social distancing requirements.

Fines for Non-Compliance

Consequences, such as fines or arrests, for non-compliance with Philippine rules regarding social distancing, movement restrictions, and mask/face shield mandates vary according to the LGU.  U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to follow the instructions of local authorities.

Consular Operations

  • American Citizen Services:  Passport, citizenship, and other services for U.S. citizens are available by appointment only at U.S. Embassy in Manila and at the Consular Agency in Cebu.. We are not providing walk-in service at either location.  Emergency services remain available at both locations.
  • Visa Services:  Limited visa services are available by appointment only at the U.S. Embassy in Manila.  Visit the Embassy’s visa alert page for updates on visa services and operations.