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COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 06/21/2021

All airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days 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 and Prevention (CDC) website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information:

According to guidance from the Bureau of Immigration (BI), individuals in the following categories should be allowed to enter the Philippines, subject to the maximum capacity of inbound passengers at the port and date of entry, until further notice:

  1. Foreign nationals with valid and existing visas at the time of entry;
  2. Foreign nationals allowed entry under the Balikbayan Program (RA6788), provided they are nationals from non-visa-required countries under Executive Order 408:
    • Former Filipino citizens, together with their foreign spouses and children, regardless of age, who are travelling with the former Filipino citizens; and
    • Filipino citizens’ spouses and children, regardless of age, who are travelling with the Filipino citizen.
  3. Foreign nationals who are holders of valid and existing Special Resident Retiree’s Visas (SRRV), may be allowed entry without the need for an Entry Exemption Document (EED).
  4.  Foreign nationals who are holders of valid and existing 9(a) or Temporary Visitor’s Visas, provided they present, upon arrival, an EED issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

Except for Section 9(e) visa holders who are covered by different testing and quarantine protocols, the entry of all other foreign nationals shall be subject to the following conditions:

  • With pre-booked accommodation for at least ten nights in a quarantine hotel/facility; and
  • Subject to COVID-19 testing at the quarantine hotel/facility on the seventh day from date of arrival.

Arriving passengers who were fully vaccinated in the Philippines shall be required to undergo a seven-day facility-based quarantine upon arrival, with the day of arrival being the first day.

An individual who was fully vaccinated must carry his or her vaccination card, which must be verified upon boarding prior to his/her departure from the country of origin, and a certification issued prior to his/her departure by (i.) the Department of Information and Communications Technology, or (ii.) the City Health Officer of the local government unit which administered the last dose necessary for full vaccination.  This certification must be presented to the dedicated Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) representative for verification at the Department of Transportation One-Stop-Shop (OSS) upon arrival in the Philippines.  See the Philippine Presidential Communication Operations Office website for more information.

The following shall NOT be allowed entry through June 30, 2021:

  1. All passengers coming from or who have been to India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates within the 14 days preceding their arrival in the Philippines.  Transit passengers arriving from these destinations who did not exit the airport may be allowed entry, as determined by BI upon arrival.
  2. Passengers with Entry Exemption Documents (EEDs) issued by the DFA before February 8, 2021; EEDs issued by the National Task Force for COVID-19.

EEDs issued by the DFA from February 8, 2021, onward shall have a validity of 90 days from the date of issuance.

Please see the BI website for further details.

Below are the current quarantine classifications according to the Philippine government:

Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) through June 30, 2021

Luzon – Region 2: Santiago City and Cagayan; Cordillera Administrative Region:  Apayao and Ifugao; Region 3: Bataan; Region 4-A: Lucena City; Region 4-B: Puerto Princesa; Region 5: Naga City

Visayas – Region 6: Iloilo City and Iloilo; Region 7: Negros Oriental

Mindanao – Region 9: Zamboanga City, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Sur, and Zamboanga del Norte; Region 10: Cagayan de Oro City; Region 11: Davao City; CARAGA – Butuan City, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, and Surigao del Sur

General Community Quarantine (GCQ) with some restrictions through June 30, 2021

NCR– Metro Manila and Bulacan

General Community Quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions through June 30, 2021

Rizal, Cavite, and Laguna

General Community Quarantine (GCQ) through June 30, 2021

Luzon – Cordillera Administrative Region: Baguio City, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Abra, and Benguet; Region 2: Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, and Quirino; Region 4-A: Batangas, and Quezon

Mindanao – Region 10: Iligan City; Region 11: Davao del Norte; Region 12: General Santos City, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, Cotabato, and South Cotabato; BARMM: Lanao del Sur and Cotabato City

All other areas are under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ).

For quarantine classification protocols and regulations, visit the Philippine COVID -19 website.  The Philippine government mandated all persons to wear full-coverage face shields together with face masks while in public places.  Local governments continue to implement additional requirements to slow the virus’ spread.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in the Philippines?  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 certificate, or utility bills.  Please contact the testing facility for their requirements prior to your appointment.

Real-Time Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (rRT-PCR) and antigen (rapid) testing are readily available throughout the country, including at Philippine Department of Health (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.

  • Are test results reliably available within 72 hours?  Yes.

Test results often are available within 30 minutes for antigen (rapid) test and up to five days for rRT-PCR test, and may be sent via email or obtained through the medical facility’s online patient portal.

All airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days 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 and Prevention (CDC) website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel, such as an emergency medical evacuation, must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel.  There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19.

Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the U.S. Embassy at ManilaCDCWaiver@state.gov and provide the information below.  We will then submit the request to the CDC. The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines can neither grant nor deny waiver requests; all decisions are made by the CDC.

The following information must be provided for each passenger:

  • Name (family name/surname, given name), passport number and country
  • Cell phone number including country code of passenger or head of household if family unit
  • Email address of passenger or head of household if family unit
  • U.S. destination address
  • Is U.S. destination home address?
  • Departure date
  • Flight itinerary
  • Name of submitting entity if different from passenger
  • Name of company submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
  • Name of point of contact submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
  • Phone and email address for point of contact submitting waiver request on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
  • Purpose of travel to the United States (provide brief explanation of why urgent travel is needed and how travel will contribute to health and safety of passengers(s)
  • Justification for testing waiver (e.g. no testing available, impact on health and safety)
  • Documentation to support justification for test waiver, if available (e.g. medical records or orders for medical evacuation)

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 as Philippine citizens for vaccination under local programs.  The Department of Health (DOH) issued Memorandum 2021-0157 clarifying 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 staff.  For more information, see 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 Clinic’s webpage.

  • Which vaccines are available in the Philippines?

The Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted authorization for emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech, AztraZeneca, Coronavac, 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 FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.

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.

You can find general information on COVID-19 vaccines on the CDC’s website.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No.

Entry restrictions remain in place for the Philippines. Please see the Philippine Presidential Communication Operations Office website for more information. Additional information and advisories also are available on the Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI) website. If you receive an error message while trying to access this page, please visit BI’s Facebook page. All arriving passengers remain subject to guidelines set by the Philippines’ Inter-Agency Task Force Against Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) in Resolution Nos. 97, 98,103,  113 and 114.

All decisions to grant or deny entry to the Philippines are made by BI staff at the port of entry upon arrival in the Philippines. Contact the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate in the United States for additional information prior to booking travel to the Philippines. U.S. citizen residents of and visitors to the Philippines must contact BI for information on 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.

All arriving passengers are required to undergo a COVID-19 RT-PCR test at the quarantine hotel/facility on the seventh day from date of arrival, except for Section 9(e) visa holders who are covered by different testing and quarantine protocols.

  • 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.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place?  Yes.

Until further notice, Metro Manila will be under curfew from 12 p.m. to 4 a.m.

The movement of fully vaccinated senior citizens in areas under General Community Quarantine and Modified General Community Quarantine shall be allowed, subject to the presentation of a COVID-19 vaccination card.  Per IATF Resolution 121, interzonal travel shall be allowed subject to restrictions of the local government unit of destination. Point-to-Point travel to areas under General Community Quarantine and Modified General Community Quarantine shall be allowed without age restrictions subject to an RTPCR test-before-travel requirement for those below eighteen years old (18) and above sixty-five (65), and other protocols and restrictions as may be imposed by the DOT and the Local Government Unit of destination. Strict observance of minimum public health standards shall continue.  Please check with the appropriate LGU for curfew hours and movement restrictions for minors and seniors in other regions.

  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel?  Yes.

For more information, see IATF Resolution No. 121 on the  Philippine Official Gazette website. Checkpoints are in place and domestic air travel remains limited.  LGUs may request information about your purpose of travel.  In general, leisure travel is not permitted at this time.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?  Yes.

Individuals granted permission to enter by the Philippine authorities must undergo a 14-day quarantine and must have a confirmed booking for the first ten days at a hotel accredited by the Philippine Tourism and Health Agencies while awaiting their COVID-19 test results. The remaining four days will be a home quarantine under the local government unit of destination.   U.S. citizens must stay at the booked hotel until they receive a Philippine Bureau of Quarantine medical certificate.  For more information, see IATF Resolution No. 114 on the Philippine Official Gazette website.

All arriving passenger who were fully vaccinated in the Philippines shall be required to undergo a seven-day facility-based quarantine upon arrival, with the day of arrival being the first day.  For more information, see IATF Resolution No. 120 on the Philippine Presidential Communication Operations Office website.

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 LGU.

  • Is public transportation operating?  Yes.

Availability varies based on instructions from the LGU. Masks and face shields are required.  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 instructions of local governmental authorities.

Consular Operations:

  • American Citizen Services:  Limited non-emergency services 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.

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