ADVISORY: Entry Requirements for Foreign Nationals From 30 May 2022
Pursuant to IATF Resolution No. 168, beginning 30 May 2022, qualified foreign nationals may enter the Philippines provided they comply with the applicable visa requirements and immigration entry and departure formalities.
1. Who are covered?
- Foreign nationals who are from visa-required countries and not eligible for visa-free entry;
- Foreign nationals who are eligible for visa-free entry, including those who wish to stay beyond the allowed visa-free entry period, or wish to apply for other visa categories.
- For a list of foreign nationals qualified for visa-free entry, click here: (Visa-Fee Entry for Temporary Visits)
- For those availing of Balikbayan program, click here: (Balikbayan Program)
2. What are the travel requirements?
All foreign nationals entering the Philippines shall:
- Have the appropriate entry visa if not eligible for visa-free entry (See no. 10 for visa application requirements and procedures);
- Be fully-vaccinated, except only for minor children below twelve (12) years of age traveling with their fully-vaccinated foreign parent/s;
- Carry/possess an acceptable proof of vaccination recognized under existing IATF regulations;(See no.4 for acceptable proof of vaccination)
- Present a negative RT-PCR test conducted within 48 hours, or a remotely supervised, or a laboratory-based rapid antigen negative test result administered and certified by a healthcare professional in a healthcare facility, laboratory, clinic, pharmacy, and other similar establishment taken within twenty-four (24) hours, prior to the date and time of departure from country of origin/first port of embarkation in a continuous travel to the Philippines, excluding lay-overs; provided, that, traveler has not left the airport premises or has not been admitted into another country during such lay-over;However, the following shall be exempted from this pre-departure testing requirements:
- Foreign nationals aged 18 and above who have received primary series COVID-19 vaccine, and at least one (1) COVID-19 booster shot; (See no.5 for the definition of booster shot)
- Foreign nationals aged 12 to 17 who are “fully vaccinated”; (See no.3 for the definition of “fully-vaccinated”)
- Foreign nationals aged below 12, regardless of their vaccination status, who are accompanied by their parents or guardians who fall under (i) above.
- Have valid tickets for their onward/return journey to the port of origin or next port of destination:
- For nationals from visa-free (EO No. 408 countries) – onward/return ticket not later than 30 days from date of arrival in the country (or within the allowed period of visa-free stay for certain nationals); and,
- For nationals from visa-required countries – onward/return ticket within the allowed maximum stay
- Have passports valid for a period of at least six (6) months at the time of arrival to the Philippines;
Foreign nationals who fail to fully comply with the conditions and requisites above shall be denied admission into the country and shall be subject to the appropriate exclusion proceedings.
Note: All arriving passengers, both Filipinos and foreign nationals, are required to register to the OneHealthPass (OHP) at least 3 days before departure. OHP registration is free-of-charge and should be accomplished only through the following link: https://onehealthpass.com.ph
3. Who is considered to be fully vaccinated?
You are considered fully-vaccinated if you have:
- Received the second (2nd) dose in a 2-dose series or a single dose vaccine more than fourteen (14) days prior to the date and time of departure from the country of origin/port of embarkation.
- The vaccine is included in any of the following:
- Emergency Use Authorization (UEA) List or Compassionate Special Permit (CSP) issued by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration; or
- Emergency Use Listing of the World Health Organization (WHO).
4. What is an acceptable proof of vaccination?
The following vaccination certificates are recognized:
- WHO International Certificates of Vaccination and Prophylaxis;
- VaxCertPH; or
- National/state digital certificate of the foreign government which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement unless otherwise permitted by the IATF
Note: Vaccination certificates issued by the Japanese government (paper or digital) are recognized/accepted.
5. Who is considered with a booster shot, and exempted from the pre-departure RT-PCR testing?
- Booster shot shall refer to doses administered to a vaccinated population that has completed a vaccination series, when, with time, vaccine effectiveness has fallen below a rate deemed sufficient in that population, as indicated in the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) issued by the Food and Drug Administration of the Philippines.
- The primary series COVID-19 and/or booster shot must be included in any of the following:a) More than or equal to 2 weeks after having received the 2nd dose in a 2-dose series; or
b) More than or equal to 2 weeks after having received a single-dose vaccine.
6. What are the arrival protocols?
- Once admitted into the country, fully-vaccinated foreign nationals are no longer required to observe facility-based quarantine but shall self-monitor for any sign or symptom for seven (7) days with the first day being the date of arrival. However, they are required to report to the local government unit (LGU) of their destination should they manifest any symptoms.
- For the latest arrival protocols, kindly refer to link below. Additional questions may be directly referred to BOQ (See no.13:
7. If I am qualified for visa-free entry and stay beyond the visa-free period of 30 days, do I need to obtain a 9a visa prior to departure from the Philippines?
- You have two options:
Option 1: Enter visa-free as long as you comply with all the requirements above, and then apply for extension of your stay directly with the Bureau of Immigration while in the Philippines; (See no. 12)
Option 2: Apply for 9a visa at the Embassy. (See no. 10)
8. If I am qualified for visa-free entry, can I enter visa-free and covert to other visa categories while in the Philippines?
- Yes. You may apply directly with the Bureau of Immigration while in the Philippines. (See no. 12)
9. I am not a national of a non-visa required country. Do I need to apply for a visa?
- Yes, you will need to apply for a visa prior to departure from Japan, provided that you are qualified to be issued a visa and subject to the submission of requirements. (See no. 10)
10. What are the visa application requirements and procedures?
- For visa application procedures, refer to this link: (Visa Application Process)
- For visa application requirements:
11. I am not fully-vaccinated. Can I enter the Philippines?
- No. Starting 10 February, foreign nationals who are unvaccinated shall no longer be allowed entry to the Philippines. Exceptions to the requirement that all passengers to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane/vessel to the Philippines are absolutely limited to the following groups:
- Children below twelve (12) years of age;
- Foreign diplomats and their qualified dependents/9(e) visa holders.
12. For other immigration-related inquiries, you may directly contact the Bureau of Immigration (BOI):
Telephone Numbers – (02) 8465-2400 / (02) 8524-3769
Website – immigration.gov.ph
Facebook – immigration.helpline.ph / officialbureauofimmigration
Twitter – immigrationPh
Instagram – immigPh
13. For inquiries related to PCR testing and vaccination certificates, you may directly contact the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ):
Department of Health (DOH) Call Center
Department of Health Central Office
Bldg. 9 San Lazaro Compound, Sta. Cruz, Manila
Telephone Number: (02) 8651-7800 local 5003-5005 or (02) 5318-7500
DOH Call Center text: 0918-8888364