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Last updated: 09/15/20
The U.S. Embassy in Manila continues to closely monitor COVID-19 developments in the Philippines. The Philippine Department of Health provides regular updates on the number of confirmed cases.
According to the Philippine government, the following quarantine classifications will be in effect through September 30, 2020:
Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ): Mindanao – Iligan City
General Community Quarantine (GCQ): Luzon – National Capital Region (Metro Manila), and provinces of Bulacan, and Batangas; Visayas – cities of Tacloban and Bacolod
Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ): The rest of the Philippines.
For quarantine classification protocols and regulation, see https://www.covid19.gov.ph. The Philippine government continues to mandate wearing of face masks in all areas and has said face masks may be store-bought or improvised, such as a handkerchief or small towel covering the nose and mouth. Local governments continue to implement additional restrictions to reduce to slow the virus’ spread.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No, unless they have a Philippine visa.
- Contact the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate prior to attempting travel to the Philippines.
- U.S. citizen residents and visitors must contact the Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI) for information about visa extensions. U.S. citizens can review a complete set of instructions and requirements needed for every BI transaction on its website.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? No.
- Upon entry, passengers are required to undergo the COVID-19 RT-PCR test at the airport.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes.
- Upon arrival, local authorities will brief passengers, who will also undergo a temperature check upon deplaning and will proceed to the designated waiting area for other protocols and swab testing.
- Is a curfew in place? Yes.
- The timing for each curfew is set by the Local Governmental Unit (LGU) and varies by region.
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes.
- Checkpoints are in place and domestic air travel remains limited. LGUs my request information about your purpose of travel. In general, leisure travel is not permitted at this time.
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes.
- Quarantine is required for 14 days in a government-controlled hotel/facility. Individuals granted permission to enter by the Philippine authorities must have a confirmed booking for at least two days at a hotel accredited by the Philippine Tourism and Health Agencies while waiting for their COVID-19 test results. U.S. citizens must stay at the booked hotel until they receive a Philippine Bureau of Quarantine medical certificate.
- U.S. citizens may obtain COVID-19 testing at local medical facilities. 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.
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes.
- There is a daily cap on the number of incoming passengers.
- Is public transportation operating? Yes.
- Availability of public varies based on instructions from the LGU.
- Masks are required, and some LGUs require face shields. 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 mandates vary according to the LGU. U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to follow instructions of local governmental authorities.
- Limited passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) services are available by appointment only at U.S. Embassy Manila and Consular Agency Cebu. We are not providing walk-in service at either location.
- Visa services being offered: We have resumed certain nonimmigrant visa services, including in the F, M, and certain J categories (alien physician, government visitors, international visiting professor, research scholars, short-term research scholar, specialist, secondary school student, and college/university student), C1/D, E, I, O, an P visas, and certain immigrant visas including IR1, IR2, CR1, CR2, and EB3 nurses. Applicants in the H1B, H2B, L1, and certain J visa categories and their dependents covered by Presidential Proclamation 10052 should request an expedited appointment only if the traveler has reason to believe that they qualify for one of the exceptions listed in the Proclamation.
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