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COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  05/06/2021

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.

Beginning May 1, 2021, the following guidelines shall govern the entry of passengers to the Philippines, subject to the maximum capacity of inbound passengers at the port and date of entry:

  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) or Section 9(a) visas, provided they present, upon arrival, an entry exemption document issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

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 seven nights in a quarantine hotel/facility; and
  • Subject to COVID-19 testing at the quarantine hotel/facility on the sixth day from date of arrival.

The following shall NOT be allowed entry through May 14, 2021:

  1. All travelers coming from India;
  2. All individuals who have traveled to India within the 14 days preceding their arrival in the Philippines.
  3. All passengers coming from or who have been to Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, or Sri Lanka within the 14 days preceding their arrival in the Philippines.

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

Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) through May 14, 2021

Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, and Cavite;

Region II – Santiago City and Quirino;

Cordillera Administrative Region – Abra and Ifugao.

General Community Quarantine (GCQ)

Luzon –Apayao, Baguio City, Benguet, Kalinga, and Mountain Province in Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Cagayan, Isabela, and Nueva Vizcaya in Region II, Batangas and Quezon Province in Region IV-A, and Puerto Princesa City;

Visayas –Tacloban City; and

Mindanao – Davao City, Iligan City, and Lanao Del Sur.

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.

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. U.S. citizens who are residents of the Philippines should contact their LGU for information about the vaccination program in their area. 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 Pfizer-BioNTech, Coronavac, and Sputnik V 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?  Yes.

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, and 113.

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.

Upon entry, passengers are required to undergo a 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.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place?  Yes.

Effective May 1, 2021, Metro Manila will be under curfew from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Cavite curfew hours are from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., while Bulacan, Laguna, and Rizal remain under curfew from 6:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Further, only individuals aged 18-65 years old are allowed to go outside their residences during non-curfew hours. Those under age 18 or over age 65 are not allowed to leave their homes. For more information, see the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority website.

Please check with the appropriate LGU for the curfew hours and movement restrictions on minors and seniors in other regions.

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

For more information, see IATF Resolution No. 101 on the  Philippine Official Gazette website. 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.

Quarantine Information:

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

Quarantine is required for seven to 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 seven 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.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating?  Yes.

Commercial flights are limited throughout the country.

Bicol-Quezon province has closed its borders to non-essential travelers coming from Metro Manila and other COVID-19 hotspot areas until further notice.

There is a daily cap on the number of incoming passengers in other areas. 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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