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COVID-19 and Travel Information
Last Updated: June 24, 2022
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June 24, 2022

COVID-19 Information

As of Sunday, June 12 at 12:01 a.m. EDT, the CDC rescinded its Order requiring all airline or other aircraft passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 to board any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.

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 an airplane to the United States. 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 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 information about exceptions to, exemptions from, and other details of the COVID-19-related vaccination.

Country-Specific Information

According to the Philippine Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases  (IATF), the following locations are under Alert Levels 1 and 2 effective June 16-30, 2022.  For more information, including about differences in Alert Levels, see the Philippine Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) website  and Guidelines on the Implementation of Alert Levels System for COVID-19 Response in Pilot Areas. 

Alert Level 2

For Luzon

  • Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR): Benguet, Ifugao
  • Region IV-A: Quezon Province
  • Region IV-B: Occidental Mindoro, Palawan, and
  • Region V: Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Masbate

For Visayas

  • Region VI: Antique, Negros Occidental
  • Region VII: Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, and
  • Region VIII: Leyte, Northern Samar, Western Samar

For Mindanao

  • Region IX: City of Isabela, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay
  • Region X: Lanao del Norte
  • Region XI: Davao Del Sur, Davao Del Norte, Davao Occidental, Davao de Oro
  • Region XII: General Santos City (Dadiangas), North Cotabato, Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat
  • Region XIII (CARAGA): Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, and
  • Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM): Basilan, Maguindanao, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Lanao Del Sur

Alert Level 1

For Luzon

  • National Capital Region (NCR)
  • Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR): Abra, Apayao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Baguio City, Benguet – Buguias and Tublay, Ifugao – Kiangan, Lagawe and Lamut
  • Region I: Dagupan City, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan
  • Region II: Batanes, Cagayan, City of Santiago, Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya
  • Region III: Angeles City, Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Olongapo City Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales
  • Region IV-A: Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Lucena City, Rizal, Quezon – Atimonan, Candelaria, City of Tayabas, Dolores, Lucban, Mauban, Pagbilao, Plaridel, Polillo, Quezon, Sampaloc, San Antonio, Tiaong and Unisan
  • Region IV-B: Marinduque, Puerto Princesa City, Romblon, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro – Calintaan, Looc and Lubang, Palawan – Cagayancillo and Culion, and
  • Region V: Albay, Catanduanes, Naga City, Sorosogon, Camarines Norte – Basud, Capalonga, Daet and San Vicente, Camarines Sur – Bombon, Cabusao, Camaligan, Caramoan, Iriga City, Pamplona, Pili, Presentacion, San Fernando and Tigaon, Masbate – Balud, City of Masbate and Mandaon, Sorsogon – Barcelona, Bulusan, Casiguran, City of Sorsogon, Gubat, Irosin, Juban, Magallanes, Prieto Diaz and Santa Magdalena

For Visayas

  • Region VI: Aklan, Bacolod City, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo City, Iloilo, Antique – Anini-Y, San Jose, Sebaste and Tobias Fornier, Negros Occidental – Cadiz City, Candoni, City of Victorias, Enrique B. Magalona, La Carlota City, Pontevedra, Pulupandan, Sagay City and San Enrique
  • Region VII: Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City, Siquijor, Bohol – Batuan, Calape, Corella, Dimiao, Duero, Garcia Hernandez, Jagna, Lila, Loay, Loboc, San Isidro, San Miguel, Sevilla, Sikatuna and Tagbilaran City, Cebu – Alcoy, Borbon, City of Talisay, Oslob, Pilar, Santander and Tudela, Negros Oriental – Amlan, Bacong, Dauin, Dumaguete City, Valencia and Zamboanguita
  • Region VIII: Biliran, Ormoc City, Tacloban City, Eastern Samar, Southern Leyte, Leyte – Albuera, City of Baybay, Dulag, Javier, La Paz, Matag-Ob, Matalom, Palo, Tunga and Villaba, Northern Samar – Allen, Capul, Lapinig, Lavezares, San Antonio, San Jose and Victoria, Samar – Marabut, Pagsanghan, Paranas, Tarangnan and Zumarraga

For Mindanao

  • Region IX: Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Norte – Dapitan City, Dipolog City, Jose Dalman, Labason, Manukan, Piñan, Polanco, Rizal and Salug, Zamboanga del Sur – Kumalarang, Lambangan, Lapuyan, Mahayag, Molave and Ramon Magsaysay, Zamboanga Sibugay – Alicia, Buug, Diplahan, Ipil, Siay and Tungawan
  • Region X: Cagayan de Oro City, Camiguin, Bukidnon, Iligan City, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte – Bacolod, Baroy, Kauswagan, Lala, Linamon and Tubod
  • Region XI: Davao City, Davao Oriental, Davao de Oro – Montevista, Nabunturan and New Bataan, Davao del Sur – Padada
  • Region XII: South Cotabato, Cotabato – Antipas, Arakan, City of Kidapawan and President Roxas, South Cotabato – Banga, City of Koronadal, Polomolok, Santo Niño and Tantangan, Sultan Kudarat – City of Tacurong, Kalamansig and Lebak
  • Region XIII (CARAGA): Surigao del Sur, Butuan City, Agusan del Norte – Carmen, Jabonga, Kitcharao, Magallanes and Nasipit, Agusan del Sur – Bunawan, Loreto, Prosperidad, San Francisco, Santa Josefa and Sibagat, Dinagat Islands – Cagdianao, Dinagat, Libjo, Loreto and Tubajon, Surigao del Norte – General Luna, Mainit and Tagana-An
  • Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM): Cotabato City, Lanao del Sur – Bumbaran and Ditsaan-Ramain, Maguindanao – South Upi and Upi, Tawi-Tawi – Turtle Islands

Component cities and municipalities not listed are under Alert Level 1.

The Philippine government has mandated that everyone must wear face masks in public places.  Some medical and other facilities still may require the use of face shields .  Local governments continue to implement additional requirements to slow the virus’ spread.  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.

If you are fully vaccinated with at least one booster shot, you are no longer required to provide a negative RT-PCR test, provided you present proof of vaccination along with your valid passport and return tickets; see IATF Resolution 168 for more information.

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?  No.

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.