Fully vaccinated foreign tourists can enter the Philippines from December 1-15, 2021, subject to conditions. These tourists must also come from “green” countries. This was announced by acting presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles announced on Friday.
Fully Vaccinated Tourists
Foreign tourists who wish to enter the country must have a valid passport at least six months at the time of arrival, and have a returning or outbound ticket to the country of origin or next destination. Before the arrival, foreign tourists should have stayed exclusively in green countries, territories, or jurisdictions tagged as low risk of COVID-19 for at least 14 days.
According to Nograles, foreigners who will enter the Philippines from December 1-15 must have proof of vaccination such as:
- World Health Organization’s international certificates of vaccination and prophylaxis
- National or state digital certificate of the foreign government which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement unless otherwise permitted by the IATF
Countries that are green-listed may have their fully vaccinated travelers, foreign nationals included, enter the Philippines without the need to undergo facility-based quarantine. However, they have to present a negative RT-PCR test taken 72 hours prior to departure from the country of origin. They are also enjoined to monitor any symptoms in the next 14 days. Below is the list of green countries that may enter the country from December 1-15, 2021.
- American Samoa
- China (Mainland)
- Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
- Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
- Federated States of Micronesia
- Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region of China)
- Marshall Islands
- Northern Mariana Islands
- Saint Barthelemy
- Saint Pierre and Miquelon
- Saudi Arabia
- Sierra Leone
- Sint Eustatius
- South Africa
- United Arab Emirates
OFWs, Unvaccinated & Partially Vaccinated Travelers
For fully vaccinated Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) and non-OFWs, they have the option to take the RT-PCR test upon arrival, but they have to be quarantined in a facility until their results come out negative. They can forego the quarantine if they already have a negative test result 72 hours before departure from the country of origin. No on-arrival RT-PCR test is required either, according to IATF spokesperson Karlo Nograles.
For the unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers, they have to be quarantined. They shall take a swab test on the fifth day of isolation and will be released once they get a negative result. Foreign nationals have to arrange hotel reservations for six days. These travelers can also do self-monitoring until the 14th day from their arrival date.