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Last Reviewed: 01/18/2022
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.
To ensure the health and safety of our clients and our staff, the U.S. Embassy in Manila has rescheduled all non-emergency appointments for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad through January 31, 2022. The current surge in COVID-19 cases has impacted our operations, and as a result we are working with significantly reduced staffing levels and can only accommodate applicants with urgent travel needs in the next two weeks. For more information, see our January 12, 2022, Health Alert.
According to the Philippine Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), the following locations are under Alert Level 3 until January 31, 2022:
NCR (National Capital Region)
CAR (Cordillera Administrative Region): Baguio City, Ifugao, Mountain Province, Benguet, Kalinga, Abra
Region 1: Dagupan City, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Ilocos Norte and Pangasinan
Region 2: City of Santiago, Cagayan, Nueva Vizcaya, Isabela and Quirino
Region 3: Angeles City, Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Olongapo City, Pampanga, Zambales, Nueva Ecija and Tarlac
Region 4-A: Rizal, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Lucena City and Quezon Province
Region 4-B: Marinduque, Romblon, Occidental Mindoro and Oriental Mindoro
Region 5: Camarines Norte, Catanduanes, Naga City, Sorsogon, Camarines Sur and Albay
Region 6: Iloilo City, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Guimaras, Bacolod City, Aklan, Capiz and Antique
Region 7: Lapu-Lapu City, Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, Cebu City and Mandaue City
Region 8: Ormoc City, Biliran, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, Southern Leyte, Western Samar, and Tacloban City
Region 9: City of Isabela, Zamboanga City, and Zamboanga del Sur
Region 10: Bukidnon, Iligan City, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental, and Cagayan de Oro City
Region 11: Davao City, Davao del Sur and Davao del Norte
Region 12: General Santos City and South Cotabato
BARRM (Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao): Butuan City, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Norte in Caraga; Cotabato City and Lanao del Sur
The rest of the country remains at Alert Level 2.
The Philippine government has mandated that everyone must wear face masks in public places. The use of face shields is mandatory in medical and quarantine facilities, as well as during Alert Level 5, Enhanced Community Quarantine, and granular lockdowns. 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.
- Are either PCR or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in the Philippines? Yes, but they may be difficult to obtain.
- Are test results reliably available within one day? No.
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.
RT-PCR and antigen tests have become more difficult to obtain as the Omicron variant spreads throughout the Philippines. Because of increased demand for testing, it may take up to three days or longer to receive results. 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, with a valid Philippine visa if certain other conditions are met.
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. See IATF Resolution 157, IATF Resolution 157-B, and the BI website for updated information. Testing, entry, and quarantine requirements may differ based on vaccination status. For details, see the BI website.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (RT-PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes.
Visit the BI website for more information.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes.
- Is a curfew in place? Yes, in some locations.
The Metro Manila Council has implemented curfew hours of 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. for minors. Please check with the appropriate LGU for curfew hours in other regions. Keep in mind that curfew restrictions may be reinstated at any time.
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes.
Checkpoints are in place and domestic air travel remains limited. Local police or security authorities (LGU) may request information about your purpose of travel. Strict observance of minimum public health standards continues. For more information, see IATF Resolution No. 146-A on the Philippine Official Gazette website.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is implementing a “no vaccination, no ride” policy for public transport in the NCR. The order will apply to all domestic travel to, from, and within the NCR via land, rail, sea, and air public transport. Commuters should be able to present their inoculation status through physical or digital copies of their vaccine cards issued by their respective LGUs or certification from the national government. For more information, see the DOTr website.
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes.
See above under Entry and Exit Requirements and the BI website for more information. We are aware of reports of delays in testing and reporting of test results for individuals in government-mandated quarantine. We encourage travelers to work directly with quarantine facilities and the BOQ to schedule required tests and obtain test results.
- 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 and face shields 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.
- 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.
- Philippine Government COVID-19 Information
- Philippine Department of Health
- Philippine Bureau of Immigration
- Philippine Civil Aeronautics Board