Foreign Tourist Information

Travel Philippines

Oct 27, 2022

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Foreign tourists aged 18 and above who have received the primary series COVID-19 vaccine and at least 1 COVID-19 booster shot, fully vaccinated foreign tourists aged 12-17 (fully vaccinated means the tourist received the 2nd dose in a 2-dose series or a single dose vaccine more than 14 days prior to the date and time of departure from the country of origin/port of embarkation), and foreign nationals aged 12 and below regardless of vaccination status as long as accompanied by fully vaccinated parents can now enter the Philippines without undergoing quarantine. All are exempt from presenting a negative RT-PCR or antigen test result as well.
  • Fully vaccinated foreign nationals aged 18 and above without the booster shot, on the other hand, are allowed entry but are required to present a negative RT-PCR or antigen test result. The negative RT-PCR test result presented must be taken within forty-eight (48) hours; if antigen, the negative laboratory based antigen test result presented must be taken within twenty-four (24) hours prior to the date and time of departure from the country of origin/first port of embarkation in a continuous travel to the Philippines, excluding lay-overs; provided that tourist has not left the airport premises or has not been admitted into another country during such lay-over.
  • Meanwhile, partially vaccinated or vaccine-free foreign tourists are not allowed entry. However, Filipino returnees who are partially vaccinated or vaccine-free are allowed to enter the Philippines but have to undergo a facility-based quarantine until the release of their negative RT-PCR test taken on the fifth (5th) day from date of arrival. Home quarantine is also required until the 14th day from date of arrival.

OTHER INFORMATION

  • The vaccine of the fully vaccinated tourist must be included in the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) List or Compassionate Special Permit (CSP) issued by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration; OR Emergency Use Listing of the World Health Organization
  • Acceptable proofs of vaccination include: World Health Organization International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis, VaxCertPH, National or state digital certificate of the country/foreign government which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement, and other proofs of vaccination permitted by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).
  • Tourists not exempted from showing negative RT-PCR or antigen test results should take note of the following: the negative RT-PCR test result presented must be taken within forty-eight (48) hours; if antigen, the negative laboratory based antigen test result presented must be taken within twenty-four (24) hours prior to the date and time of departure from the country of origin/first port of embarkation in a continuous travel to the Philippines, excluding lay-overs; provided that tourist has not left the airport premises or has not been admitted into another country during such lay-over.
  • Tourists must carry passports valid for a period of at least six (6) months at the time of arrival to the Philippines.
  • Tourists must also present valid tickets for return journey to the port of origin or next port of destination corresponding to their permitted / allowable duration of stay under a valid visa or visa-free entry; exemption to this requirement are foreign spouses and/or children of Filipino citizens and former Filipino citizens with balikbayan privilege under Republic Act No. 9174, including their foreign spouse and/or children who: (i) are not balikbayans in their own right and (ii) are traveling with them to the Philippines.
  • Tourists must obtain the eARRIVAL CARD: register at https://www.onehealthpass.com.ph/ . ALL travelers are encouraged to fill out the needed information and REGISTER within 72 hours prior to departure from port of embarkation. Registration is FREE OF CHARGE.

To read the complete IATF Resolution, please refer to the following:

FAQ

  • How do I access the eARRIVAL CARD?*

The website URL is https://www.onehealthpass.com.ph/

  • Do foreign travelers entering the Philippines still have to accomplish online the "eARRIVAL CARD"?

Yes, the eARRIVAL CARD must be secured because this is one of the requirements for entry to the Philippines.

  • Do Balikbayans need to secure the eARRIVAL CARD?

Yes, even Balikbayans need to secure the eARRIVAL CARD.

  • Do I have to pay to get the eARRIVAL CARD?

No. It is free of charge.

  • As per IATF Reso 160-B, what are the "other proofs of vaccination permitted by the IATF" to prove vaccination status?

To date, there are no “other proofs of vaccination” yet aside from the following:

a. World Health Organization International Certificates of Vaccination and Prophylaxis;

b. VaxCertPH;

c. and the National/ state digital certificate of a foreign government that has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement.

  • If the vaccination certificate issued by a country is not recognized, is quarantine required? If yes, for how many days?

In the event that a tourist’s vaccination certificate is not recognized by the Philippines, the visitor must undergo quarantine for five (5) days in a government-accredited quarantine facility. However, this is unlikely to happen as tourist’s vaccination certificate will already be verified prior to their departure from port of origin.

  • Is there a link or document listing accredited facilities for quarantine of tourists whose vaccination certificate is unrecognized? If yes, please provide.

The list of accredited quarantine facilities for tourists can be accessed at https://quarantine.doh.gov.ph/boq-allowed-and-dot-accredited-quarantine-facilities-as-of-october-21-2022/

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