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COVID-19 and Travel Information
Last Updated: May 20, 2022
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May 20, 2022

COVID-19 Information

All airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website for additional information and our Health Alert.

The CDC will consider exceptions to COVID-19-related vaccination and testing 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 information about exceptions to, exemptions from, and other details of the COVID-19-related vaccination and testing requirements.

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 May 16-31, 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, Sorsogon

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

Alert Level 1

For Luzon

  • National Capital Region (NCR)
  • Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR): Abra, Apayao, Baguio City, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Baguio City, Kiangan (Ifugao)
  • 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
  • Region IV-B: Marinduque, Puerto Princesa City, Romblon, Oriental Mindoro, and
  • Region V: Albay, Catanduanes, Naga City, Balud (Masbate), Irosin (Sorsogon)

For Visayas

  • Region VI: Aklan, Bacolod City, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo City, Iloilo Province,
  • Region VII: Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City, Siquijor, Calape, Garcia Hernandez, San Isidro, San Miguel (Bohol), Alcoy, Borbon, Oslob, Pilar, Santander, Tudela (Cebu), Bacong, Dauin, Valencia, Zamboanguita (Negros Oriental), and
  • Region VIII: Biliran, Ormoc City, Tacloban City, Eastern Samar, and Southern Leyte, and Tarangnan, Zumarraga (Samar)

For Mindanao

  • Region IX: Zamboanga City, Mahayag (Zamboanga del Sur), Diplahan (Zamboanga Sibugay)
  • Region X: Cagayan de Oro City, Camiguin, Bukidnon, Iligan City, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental
  • Region XI: Davao City
  • Region XII: Kalamansig (Sultan Kudarat)
  • Region XIII (CARAGA): Surigao del Sur, Butuan City, and
  • Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM): Upi (Maguindanao)

Component cities and municipalities not listed are under Alert Level 2.

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.

A January 7, 2022, presidential order empowers local officials to restrict the movements of unvaccinated individuals in the Philippines.

 

 

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, including within one day of planned travel to the United States.  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.

As of April 1, 2022, fully vaccinated foreign nationals will be allowed to enter the Philippines without an Entry Exemption Document (EED) provided they comply with all applicable Philippine immigration requirements.

Although travel to the Philippines is now permitted, American 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 with acceptable proof of vaccination and;
  • A passport valid for a period of at least 6 months at the time of arrival.

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

Departures from the Philippines will be delayed in the event a traveler tests positive for COVID-19 during required testing prior to a scheduled return flight. If a traveler tests positive, they will be required to undergo quarantine with an RT-PCR test done on the 5th day. Travelers should coordinate directly with the local government unit of the port of exit during the quarantine period or contact the U.S. Embassy for assistance for inquiries about quarantine release times, as these may differ by exit port. Visit the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) website for a list of suitable quarantine facilities.

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

Fully vaccinated passengers are no longer subject to facility-based quarantine upon arrival, provided they present proof of vaccination and negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours or negative antigen test taken within 24 hours of departure from their country of origin.

Unvaccinated passengers will complete facility-based quarantine at the first port of entry regardless of onward Philippine destination. An RT-PCR test will be done on the 7th day, with the date of arrival being the first day. Regardless of a negative result, travelers will undergo home quarantine up to the 14th day. If required to quarantine, travelers may visit the BOQ website for a list of quarantine facilities.

All Overseas Filipinos (OFs) and foreign nationals arriving at an airport shall undergo quarantine and testing procedures.

For lists of hotels suitable for stringent and mandatory quarantine, please visit the BOQ website.

Only the following documents will be accepted as proof of vaccination, and must be presented prior to departure and upon arrival in the Philippines:

  • World Health Organization International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis; or
  • VaxCertPH; or
  • National or State digital certificate of the country/foreign government which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement; or
  • Other proofs of vaccination permitted by the IATF.

Returning Filipinos and residents who are fully vaccinated no longer have to quarantine, subject to the same testing requirements as international travelers.

Filipino children below the age of 12 who cannot be vaccinated must follow the quarantine protocols of the Filipino parent/s traveling with them.  Foreign children from age 12 to 17 must follow the classification and procedures designated for their vaccination status.  Foreign or Filipino parents can accompany the minor during their facility-based quarantine if such quarantine is required.

For more information on Philippine entry requirements, see Executive Order No. 408 (s.1960) and IATF Resolution 165.

U.S. citizens must contact the Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI) for information regarding entry requirements and visa extensions.  U.S. citizens can review a complete set of instructions and requirements needed for every BI transaction on its website, including entry and departure formalities and procedures.  For details, see the BI website.

  • 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 165.

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

Information about health screening procedures is available from the

 

 

 

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.  There is a daily cap on the number of incoming flights.  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.