Philippines Travel Requirements Update as of March 2022
IMPORTANT NOTE: Rules, regulations, and guidelines are updated frequently and may change. For your safety, check with the respective destination directly before your travels.
Do you want to visit the Philippines? Good news! Starting Feb 10, the country opens its borders to fully vaccinated international tourists. Two years of the country’s strict border lockdown is now over as of writing. If you want to know, what are the latest Philippine travel requirements? And what should you expect while traveling in the post-pandemic? Please read below.
Who can visit the Philippines?
Foreign tourists, including returning Filipino nationals, are allowed to enter the Philippines for a maximum of 30 days as long as they are fully vaccinated. Starting 1 April, unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated tourists will be allowed to enter as long as they present a negative RT PCR or antigen lab test. Meanwhile, children and spouses of returning Filipino nationals can visit and stay for more than 30 days. They must fly with at least one returning Filipino (national or former citizen) and present proof of filiation (a birth certificate for children and a marriage contract for spouses).
What are the Philippines’ travel requirements?
Here’s the complete list of requirements for travel to the Philippines:
- A passport valid for at least 6 months at the time of arrival
- A COVID-19 vaccine certificate issued by either the World Health Organization, VaxCertPH, or countries under a reciprocal agreement with the Philippines
- Valid visa for visa-required countries (check the official list to see if your country is exempted)
- Return ticket to country of origin or an outbound ticket to another country (note that foreign tourists can only stay for a maximum of 30 days in the Philippines)
- A negative RT-PCR test taken no more than 48 hours from departure OR a negative lab-based antigen test taken 24 hours from departure
- Travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage
- One Health Pass with QR code
How do I register for One Health Pass?
Since the pandemic, the One Health Pass has been a key requirement for travel to the Philippines. This online platform provides international visitors with an electronic Health Declaration Card that allows them to enter the airport with ease. Get one in 4 steps:
Step 1: Register at onehealthpass.com.ph
Step 2: Input your arrival date, port of entry, and classification (in your case, tick ‘foreign national’)
Step 3: Fill in all the necessary information in the Health Declaration Registration Platform
Step 4: Save your QR code and present it upon entry. Make sure to register for the One Health Pass as soon as you get your RT-PCR test result. You won’t be able to pass Immigration without it!
What are the Philippines’ travel restrictions?
Wearing of face masks and observing social distancing is still required in both provate and public places. The strictness of COVID-19 guidelines highly depend on the area’s alert level status, which changes every 15 days. As of this writing, 39 regions including the National Capital Region are under Alert Level 1, which means:
- Ease of restrictions in indoor and outdoor areas (no more face shields and health declaration required!)
- Private and public workplaces may operate at full 100% capacity
- Government agencies and offices will operate at full 100% capacity
- S-PaSS for interzonal travel will not be required
If you’re planning to travel to other places in the Philippines, like Boracay, Cebu, Bohol, or Palawan, you can do so as long as they are still under Alert Level 1. There are plenty of other things you can do while travel restrictions are eased! Learn more about the amended guidelines via the Philippine News Agency.
Welcome to the Philipines!