Travel Restrictions Philippines

Travel Restrictions Guidelines in the Philippines amid new Covid strain

President Duterte has taken additional measures to prevent the spread of the new strain of Covid 19 virus in the Philippines that has been discovered first from the UK. Below are the following updates on the travel ban.

Entry Travel Restrictions in the Philippines

  • A temporary ban on all flights and entry of all travelers coming from or transiting through the United Kingdom until January 15, 2021.
  • The prohibition from entering the Philippines of all Foreign Travelers coming from, or transiting through, the following Countries/areas listed below or who have been to the same places mentioned below within 14 days preceding arrival in the Philippines:

Effective December 30, 2020, 12;01 AM until January 15, 2021

  1. United Kingdom
  2. Denmark
  3. Ireland
  4. Japan
  5. Australia
  6. Israel
  7. The Netherlands
  8. Hong Kong SAR
  9. Switzerland
  10. France
  11. Germany
  12. Iceland
  13. Italy
  14. Lebanon
  15. Singapore
  16. Sweden
  17. South Korea
  18. South Africa
  19. Canada
  20. Spain
  21. USA- effective January 3, 2021

Who is allowed to enter the Philippines?

  • Filipino Citizens coming from the aforementioned countries, or who have been to the same areas within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines, shall be allowed to enter the country.
  • Likewise effective immediately, Filipino citizens coming from the US, or who have been to the US within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines, including those arriving after 0001H of 03 January 2021, Manila time, shall not be prohibited from entering the country but shall be required to undergo an absolute facility-based 14-day quarantine period notwithstanding a negative RT-PCR result.

Rules applicable to Filipino and Foreign passengers merely transiting through a country covered by the travel restrictions

  • A. All passengers, whether Filipinos or foreigners, merely transiting through any of the countries covered by the Memorandum from the Executive Secretary dated 29 December 2020 and subsequent inclusions thereto (“covered country”), shall not be deemed as having come from or having been to such covered country, provided they stayed in the airport the whole time and were not cleared for entry into the covered country by its immigration authorities;
  • B. Upon arrival in the Philippines, passengers covered by the immediately preceding paragraph need not complete a full 14-day facility-based quarantine, and maybe allowed home quarantine upon testing negative on RT-PCR at point of entry, pursuant to existing protocols of the national government;
  • C. Transiting foreign passengers who left the airport or were cleared for entry Into the covered country by its immigration authorities shall be prohibited from entering the Philippines;
  • D. Transiting Filipino citizens who have left the airport or were cleared for entry into the covered country by its immigration authorities shall not be prohibited from entering the Philippines, but shall be required to undergo an absolute facility-based 14-day quarantine period notwithstanding a negative RT-PCR result.
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IN VIEW HEREOF, the following guidelines are adopted by the Bureau of Immigration:

A. For arriving FILIPINO NATIONALS They shall be allowed entry but subject to RT-PCR test, quarantine, and isolation protocols Issued by the Department of Health (DOH).

B. For arriving FOREIGN NATIONALS

1. Those coming from or who have been to the 21 travel-restricted countries! (i.e. with immigration admission to said countries and not mere layover at the airport), within 14 days immediately preceding arrival to the Philippines shall NOT be allowed entry. The above prohibition to enter the Philippines shall apply to ALL foreigners regardless of their visa category (including 9E visa) or previously issued endorsement or exemption from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) / privileges (under RA 6768 – Balikbayan) during the duration of the travel ban.

2. Effective immediately, those who: (a) transited or who have a mere layover at the airport of the 21 travel-restricted countries (lay-over only at the airport and with no immigration admission at said countries); and (b) those NOT coming from these countries may be allowed entry, PROVIDED they are authorized to enter the country thru relevant resolutions of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) and subjected to RT-PCR test, quarantine and isolation protocols issued by the Department of Health (DOH).

Existing guidelines for arriving crew member/s shall still be observed. The foregoing is without prejudice to the exercise of the mandate of the Bureau of Immigration in Arrival and Departure Immigration Formalities.

Source: Bureau of Immigration

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