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Philippines coronavirus travel restrictions

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The travel advice is Do not travel to Philippines. Philippines is Closed for travel. Get travel ban, restrictions alerts and advice before travelling to Philippines. Philippines is part of Asia with main city at Manila. Its Developing country with a population of 103M people. The main currency is Philippine Peso. The languages spoken are English.
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🚨 Travel Advice for Philippines

Closed

for travel
International travel to the Philippines is permitted for those with valid visas. It is necessary to comply with requirements to ensure entry is allowed.

Exceptional travel

There are exceptions for former nationals and those with valid visas. Visa holders may be required to present a travel pass from the department that issued the visa. Further information on eligible travelers can be found on the travel advisory at https://immigration.gov.ph/#advisory
Exemptions are revoked if a high-risk country has been visited in the previous 14 days. The list of countries is updated at https://immigration.gov.ph/#advisory

Other restrictions

Travel restrictions vary significantly between regions and local restrictions are imposed. Travelers must request approval for entry from their Local Government Unit (LGU) and a letter of acceptance from the LGU is required to enter the local community. Travelers must immediately report their arrival to Baranggay officials and a 14-day quarantine period is usually required unless instructed otherwise by the LGU.

Vaccinated traveller exceptions

Travelers who present a valid international certificate for full vaccination against COVID-19, with the use of an approved vaccine, are required to quarantine for a shortened period of 10 days. The final dose must have been administered at least 14 days before departure.
The first 6 days must be pre-booked at an approved facility and the booking confirmation must be presented on arrival. A PCR test will be administered on day 5, those with a negative result can complete the final 4 days of quarantine at a private residence or accommodation. Those testing positive must follow instructions from local health officials.
The list of approved facilities can be found at https://quarantine.doh.gov.ph/facilities-inspected-as-of-july-16-2021/

Quarantine required

Travelers are required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival. The first 8 days must be pre-booked at an approved facility and the booking confirmation must be presented on arrival.
A PCR test will be administered on day 7, those with a negative result can complete the final 6 days of quarantine at a private residence or accommodation. Those testing positive must follow instructions from local health officials.
The list of approved facilities can be found at https://quarantine.doh.gov.ph/facilities-inspected-as-of-july-16-2021/

Testing on arrival

All travelers are subject to PCR testing on arrival.

Other medical measures

All passengers are subject to health screening on arrival, such as temperature checks and visual assessment.

Additional documents required

A 'case investigation form(eCIF)' must be completed 3 days before arrival and travelers must download and register on the Philippines contact tracing application 'Traze' mobile app. - Case investigation form
For more details Bureau of Immigration, Philippines

Government measures

In addition to safety guidelines, preventative health measures such as frequent hand washing and social distancing are encouraged to combat further outbreaks. The National Capital Region, including Metro Manila, is currently under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ). A curfew is in place from 8 pm to 4 am. Different regions may impose their own curfew hours, limiting non-essential movement, or may adopt a community quarantine if the area is of high risk. A 'quarantine pass' may be required for movements outside the residence. We recommend keeping up-to-date with official guidelines throughout your trip.

Use of masks

The use of both a face mask and a face shield is required in all public spaces, enclosed environments, and while on public transportation.

Public transport

Public transportation is operating with social distancing rules in place. In high-risk areas, public transport is operating at a reduced capacity and is suspended during curfew hours.

Restaurants

Restaurants are open at reduced capacity to allow for social distancing. Take-away or delivery services are available in high-risk areas where on-site dining is not permitted.

Bars

Bars are open at reduced capacity to allow for social distancing. Bars are closed in high-risk areas to limit the rate of transmission.

Nightclubs

Nightclubs are closed in high-risk areas to limit the rate of transmission.

Shops

Shops are open with adapted safety measures in place, such as the use of hand sanitizer and social distancing. Certain non-essential businesses, including internet cafes, are open on a probationary status and at limited capacity.

On return

Vaccinated traveller exceptions

Travelers who present a valid certificate for full vaccination against COVID-19 issued in the departure country, or other selected countries, are exempt from pre-departure testing, post-arrival testing on day 8, and quarantine requirements. The final dose must have been administered at least 14 days before departure.
Vaccinated travelers are still required to book a single COVID-19 self-test for day 2 after arrival and complete a passenger locator form.
Vaccination exemptions will only apply if the full dose and certificate were issued in the United Kingdom, Europe, United States, and other specific countries. A full list of authorized vaccines and issuing countries can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england

Quarantine required

Travelers are required to self-quarantine for 10 days on arrival at their own residence or accommodation, or the full duration of the trip if staying less than 10 days.
If traveling to England, travelers may apply for the 'Test to Release' scheme to be tested on the fifth day after arrival and be relieved from self-isolation early, if the result is negative. Those with a positive result will be required to self-isolate for another 10 days.
Further details can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-test-to-release-for-international-travel

Test/medical certificate required

Proof of a negative nucleic acid test, such as a PCR, LAMP, or antigen test, taken within the previous 72 hours, must be provided on departure. This certificate must be in English, French, or Spanish.
Further information on tests such as the minimum standards accepted can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-for-people-travelling-to-england#test-providers-and-type-of-test

Testing on arrival

Those traveling to England are required to purchase a 'COVID Testing Package' before departure, for 'Day 2 and day 8 tests'. These tests must be administered twice during isolation, on or before day 2 and on day 8.
Vaccinated travelers who meet the exemption criteria are only required to book a 'Day 2 test'.
Unvaccinated travelers staying for less than 10 days, and vaccinated travelers staying for less than 2 days, are still required to book the relevant testing package regardless of the duration of their stay. The tests only have to be taken if the travelers are still in England on the test dates.
Proof of purchase for this testing package must be provided on departure. This can be booked directly at https://quarantinehotelbookings.ctmportal.co.uk/ or a list of approved third-party test providers can be found at https://www.gov.uk/find-travel-test-provider

Travel restriction details for Philippines

🚫 Destination Quarantine required
πŸ›¬ Return Quarantine required
πŸ–οΈ Some Visitors
🍽️ Restaurants & bars Open with restrictions
πŸ›οΈ Open shopping
🚌 Operational with restrictions transport
πŸ“… events Partially Allowed

πŸ”’ Lockdown Details for Philippines

Measures have been introduced by the Philippine government to prevent the spread of coronavirus; these differ across the country. Community quarantine restrictions remain in place in many locations.
The National Capital Region (Metro Manila) will be subject to a Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine, until September 7.
The restrictions have been imposed across greater Manila, which covers 16 cities and is home to 13 million people. The nearby province of Laguna and Bataan will also be placed under lockdown.
Religious gatherings are prohibited.
There is an evening curfew between 8pm and 4am.
Outdoor exercise is banned - and the ban is being enforced.
Personal care services including beauty salons, beauty parlors, barbershops and nail spas are closed.
Businesses in Metro Manila can operate up to 50 per cent on-site capacity under the restrictions.
Dining-in in restaurants and bars are closed.
There are also restrictions on movement outside your home.
You should check with the Inter-Agency Task force (https://iatf.doh.gov.ph/) and your Local Government Unit for the latest information on the restrictions where you are.
The provinces of Cavite and Rizal, which have a combined population of about 7.6 million, were also placed in a less restricted lockdown. Many people who live in the two provinces work in the nation’s capital and will likely be affected by the developments in Metro Manila.
In these areas there is likely to be limited capacity in restaurants and other hospitality venues, as well as more stringent rules on business operations. The full restrictions can be found here https://bit.ly/3tBILZh
These restrictions are in place until at least September 7:
Restaurants and other eateries may operate with their indoor dine-in services at 20 percent capacity.
Outdoor dining services must have a maximum capacity of 50 percent.
Beauty salons, beauty parlors, barbershops, and nail spas, may operate up to 30 percent capacity. Masks must be worn.
Holding meetings, conventions and exhibitions indoors is banned.
Outdoor tourist attractions shall remain to be allowed at 30 percent venue capacity with strict adherence to minimum public health standards.
Indoor sports venues and indoor tourist attractions are not not allowed to operate.
Religious gatherings shall be allowed up to 10 percent of the venue capacity.
Funerals for those who died of causes other than COVID-19 are allowed, provided they are limited to immediate family members.
Inter-regional travel shall be allowed subject to restrictions of the local government unit of destination.
Point-to-Point travel to areas under General Community Quarantine and Modified General Community Quarantine is permitted, subject to an PCR test before travel requirement for those below 18 and above 65 years old.
Philippine authorities plan to impose targeted restrictions instead of wider curbs in the capital region to balance containing the pandemic and supporting the economy. Lockdowns will be limited to a few specific areas with high transmissions. The "granular lockdown system" will be piloted in Metro Manila starting September 8.
Guidelines are still being finalised, but the idea is to allow jobs to return outside the hot spot areas.
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πŸ›‘οΈ Travel safety for Philippines

Do not travel

The entry of foreign nationals and tourists is restricted (see 'Travel'). The travel ban does not affect Filipino citizens. Quarantine and COVID-19 restrictions are still in place. Contact your airline to see if there are any changes to your flight. You must wear a face mask and shield outside your accommodation. Follow the advice of local authorities and monitor the Australian Embassy’s website for major updates. We continue to advise: Do not travel to the Philippines due to the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant disruptions to global travel.
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