Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions in the Philippines

Information last updated on March 25, 2021.

It’s been more than a year since the COVID-19 pandemic started. Traveling now is more complicated than it used to be, due to numerous restrictions, vaccinations, and other local factors. We admit that getting away is not easy, but it is by no means impossible! However, the Philippines are still not fully open for tourism at the moment, as only special commercial flights are scheduled and monitored. We are all waiting for that day!

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Here is all you need to know if you’re thinking of traveling to the Philippines now!

 
Who can visit the Philippines right now?
Only legal residents and some ex-citizens or people with special issued visas are allowed to enter the country at the moment. Other foreign internationals are accepted only under specific circumstances, but general tourism is not one of them.
 
Is a negative COVID-19 test required for entry in the Philippines?
No, the test will be done in the airport, on arrival, at the passenger’s cost.
 
Is quarantine mandatory for travelers entering the Philippines?
Yes, all travelers who can enter the country must self-isolate for 14 days in a government-controlled hotel/facility.
 
Is there any other special requirement before traveling?
No, but you need to make sure that you respect all regulations of the countries you are transiting before you reach the Philippines, if you do not have a direct flight.
 
Is domestic traveling allowed in the Philippines?
Generally, leisure travel is not permitted and checkpoints are instated. Domestic flights are limited and curfews apply in several regions.
 
Are there any special rules set in place regarding the pandemic?
General health requirements need to be followed. Some particular measures might be ordered by the local authorities, so make sure you are paying attention to the local regulations.
 

Frequently Asked Questions


Can I travel to the Philippines from the US right now?
No, unless you have a valid residence permit or you are traveling for an exceptional cause, with specific approvals.
 
Can I travel to the Philippines from the UK right now?
No, unless you have a valid residence permit or you are traveling for an exceptional cause, with specific approvals.
 
Can I travel to the Philippines from Canada right now? No, unless you have a valid residence permit or you are traveling for an exceptional cause, with specific approvals.
 
Is a COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for travelers entering the Philippines?
No, vaccination is not required at the moment.
 
What are the best things to do in the Philippines right now?
The Philippines offer so many options for spending a great vacation. There are plenty of tours and activities you can enjoy while traveling in this amazing country. Make sure you check out our dedicated page where you can find the inspiration for your next adventure.

 

Bear in mind that all information is subject to change. Travel restrictions vary depending on the evolution of the pandemic in different states. We strongly advise you to follow the indications of your local authorities before you decide to travel. We constantly update the information to keep you informed, but it is always a good idea to check the official websites of your destination country before your departure.