Philippine Government To Allow Foreign Tourists/Business Travelers Into The Country
Starting February 10, the Philippines will reopen its borders to fully-vaccinated foreigners traveling to the country for leisure or business from visa-free countries.
The new guidelines (IATF Reso.160-B) cover fully-vaccinated former Filipino citizens with Balikbayan privileges, including their foreign spouses and/or children traveling with them to the Philippines; provided that they are not restricted nationals; and fully vaccinated citizens of countries entitled to stay visa-free for not more than 30 days under Executive Order 408, S. 1960.
Unvaccinated foreign nationals will be denied admission into the country.
A FOREIGN NATIONAL IS CONSIDERED FULLY-VACCINATED WHEN he/she has received the second dose in a two-dose series, or a single dose of a recognized vaccine more than 14 days prior to the date and time of departure;
DOCUMENTS TO BE PRESENTED BY FOREIGNERS BEFORE FLIGHT TO THE PHILIPPINES:
– Proof of vaccination
– Negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hrs. prior to departure;
– Valid return tickets not later than 30 days after arrival in the Philippines;
– Passport valid for at least six months; and
– Travel insurance for COVID-19 treatment costs from reputable insurers, with a minimum coverage of USD35,000.00 for the duration of their stay
VALID PROOF OF VACCINATION – any of the following –
– WHO International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis;
– The national/state digital certificate of the country/foreign government which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal agreement
– Vaccination certificate issued by a foreign state whether digital or physical; or
– The vaccination certificate issued by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, whether digital or physical.
Rules for foreign minors traveling with their Filipino parent
- Unvaccinated foreign children below 12 years of age, traveling with their Filipino parent, shall follow the entry, testing, and quarantine protocols of their Filipino parent traveling with them;
- Foreign children from ages 12 to 17 years of age traveling with their Filipino parent, shall follow the protocols based on their vaccination status (i.e., vaccinated or unvaccinated). If the child is unvaccinated, either parent should accompany the child during their facility-based quarantine.
Fully-vaccinated foreign nationals will no longer be required to undergo facility-based quarantine. Instead, they shall self-monitor for any sign or symptom for seven days with the first day being the date of arrival, and shall be required to report to their local government unit upon the manifestation of symptoms, if any.