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Last Reviewed: 02/15/2022
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All airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day 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 (CDC) website for additional information and our Health Alert.
The CDC will consider exceptions to COVID-19-related vaccination and testing requirements on an extremely limited basis. Click here for more information on how to apply for an exception through the U.S. Embassy in Manila. Please see the CDC website for information about exceptions to, exemptions from, and other details of the COVID-19-related vaccination and testing requirements.
According to the Philippine Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), the following locations are under Alert Levels 2 and 3 effective February 16-28, 2022:
Alert Level 3
For Visayas: Iloilo City, Iloilo Province, Guimaras;
- Region IX: Zamboanga City,
- Region XI: Davao De Oro, Davao Occidental; and
- Region XII: South Cotabato.
Alert Level 2
- National Capital Region (NCR);
- Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR): Abra, Apayao, Baguio City, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province;
- Region I: Dagupan City, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan;
- Region II: Batanes, City of Santiago, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino;
- Region III: Bulacan, Angeles City, Aurora, Bataan, Nueva Ecija, Olongapo City, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales;
- Region IV-A: Cavite, Rizal, Batangas, Laguna, Lucena City, Quezon Province;
- Region IV-B: Marinduque, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Palawan, Puerto Princesa City, Romblon; and
- Region V: Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate, Naga City, Sorsogon.
- Region VI: Aklan, Antique, Bacolod City, Capiz, Negros Occidental;
- Region VII: Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City, Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, Siquijor; and
- Region VIII: Ormoc City, Tacloban City, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, Western Samar, Biliran, Southern Leyte.
- Region IX: City of Isabela, Zamboanga Del Sur, Zamboanga Del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay;
- Region X: Bukidnon, Cagayan De Oro City, Camiguin, Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental;
- Region XI: Davao City, Davao Del Sur, Davao Del Norte, Davao Oriental;
- Region XII: General Santos City, North Cotabato, Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat;
- Region XIII (CARAGA): Surigao Del Norte, Surigao Del Sur, Agusan Del Norte, Butuan City, Dinagat Islands; and
- Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM): Basilan, Magunindanao, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Cotabato City, Lanao Del Sur.
For more information, see the Philippine Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) website and Guidelines on the Implementation of Alert Levels System for COVID-19 Response in Pilot Areas.
The Philippine government has mandated that everyone must wear face masks in public places. The use of face shields is mandatory in medical and quarantine facilities, as well as during Alert Level 5, Enhanced Community Quarantine, and granular lockdowns. Local governments continue to implement additional requirements to slow the virus’ spread. For information about public health protocols, please visit the Philippine Department of Health’s website.
A January 7, 2022, presidential order empowers local officials to restrict the movements of unvaccinated individuals in the Philippines.
- Are either PCR or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in the Philippines? Yes.
- Are test results reliably available within one day? Yes.
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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 (neighborhood) certificate, or utility bills. Please contact the testing facility for their requirements prior to your appointment and review this list of Philippine 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 and may be higher to guarantee receipt of test results within 24 hours.
Please work directly with your testing provider if you require test results within a certain timeframe, including within one day of planned travel to the United States. Results often are sent via email or obtained through the medical facility’s online patient portal.
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 for vaccinations under local programs. DOH Memorandum 2021-0157 clarifies 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 more information, visit 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 webpage.
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.
- Which vaccines are available in the Philippines?
The Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted authorization for emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, CoronaVac (Sinovac), 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 U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
Travelers who are fully vaccinated may be interested in an International Certificate of Vaccination (ICV or “yellow card”) from the Philippine Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ). The ICV can be used as proof of vaccination within the Philippines and internationally. Each ICV has a unique QR code, allowing local and international authorities to verify its authenticity. Visit the BOQ’s website for more information.
On December 21, 2021, the Philippine government, through the BOQ, confirmed that it will accept and recognize U.S. COVID-19 vaccine certificates, including the U.S. CDC Vaccination Card, as proof of vaccination status for people vaccinated in the United States.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes.
As of February 10, 2022, the Philippines will grant entry to fully vaccinated visitors from countries that are permitted visa-free travel, including the United States. Fully vaccinated travelers will no longer be subject to facility-based quarantine upon arrival. Travelers must present proof of vaccination and negative RT-PCR results from a test taken within 48 hours of departure from their country of origin and must self-monitor for symptoms for seven days after arrival, reporting to local government authorities if they begin to exhibit COVID-19 symptoms. The same requirements apply to fully vaccinated travelers with valid, existing visas.
Travelers for whom visas are not required also must have a valid ticket to depart the Philippines within 30 days of arrival and a passport valid for at least six months from the date of arrival. Finally, each traveler must present proof of travel insurance purchased before arrival in the Philippines. The insurance must cover COVID-19 treatment and have a minimum coverage amount of U.S.$35,000 for the duration of the traveler’s stay in the Philippines.
Unvaccinated travelers are not allowed to enter the Philippines.
Travelers who are unable to present acceptable proof of vaccination will be subject to quarantine in a government facility until the release of a negative RT-PCR test taken on the fifth day, followed by home quarantine until the 14th day.
Only the following documents will be accepted as proof of vaccination, and must be presented prior to departure and upon arrival in the Philippines:
- World Health Organization International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis; or
- VaxCertPH; or
- National or State digital certificate of the country/foreign government which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement; or
- Other proofs of vaccination permitted by the IATF.
As of February 1, 2022, returning Filipinos and residents who are fully vaccinated will no longer have to quarantine, subject to the same RT-PCR testing requirements as international travelers.
Children below the age of 12 who cannot be vaccinated must follow the quarantine protocols of the Filipino parent/s traveling with them. Foreign children from age 12 to 17 must follow the classification and procedures designated for their vaccination status. Foreign or Filipino parents can accompany the minor during their facility-based quarantine if such quarantine is required.
For more information on the new Philippine entry requirements, see Executive Order No. 408 (s.1960) and IATF Resolution 160-B.
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Remember to update your status with the Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI) before March 1, 2022. This is an annual requirement for certain registered aliens. You must book an appointment online. See the BI website for more information.
U.S. citizens must contact the Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI) for information regarding entry requirements and visa extensions. U.S. citizens can review a complete set of instructions and requirements needed for every BI transaction on its website, including entry and departure formalities and procedures. For details, see the BI website.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (RT-PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes.
See above and the BI website for more information, as well as Executive Order No. 408 (s.1960) and IATF Resolution 160-B.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes.
Information about health screening procedures is available from the PCOO, Clark International Airport, and Philippine Airlines. See above and the BI website for more information, as well as Executive Order No. 408 (s.1960) and IATF Resolution 160-B.
- Is a curfew in place? No.
Keep in mind that curfew restrictions may be reinstated at any time.
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No.
See above under Entry and Exit Requirements and the BI website for more information.
- 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 location.
- Is public transportation operating? Yes.
Availability varies based on instructions from the LGU. Masks are required on public transportation. 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 the instructions of local authorities.
- American Citizen Services: Passport, citizenship, and other services for U.S. citizens 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.
- Philippine Government COVID-19 Information
- Philippine Department of Health
- Philippine Bureau of Immigration
- Philippine Civil Aeronautics Board
- U.S. Department of State COVID-19 Crisis Page
- U.S. Centers for Disease for Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID – 19 Page
- Department of State Travel Advisory and Country Information Page for the Philippines
By U.S. Embassy Manila | 15 February, 2022 | Topics: Alert, Messages for U.S. Citizens, News, Notification, U.S. Citizen Services