IMPORTANT: Philippines extends travel restrictions on foreigners until April 30, 2021.

Can’t wait to travel to the Philippines and visit your family and friends? Read our blog to know the latest travel rules and requirements during the pandemic before going to the Philippines.

COVID-19 caused countries including the Philippines to establish travel restrictions and strict new travel rules and requirements on the entry of both the Philippine and foreign nationals. However, these rules might change from time to time depending on the situation in the Philippines.


Eligible Passengers for travel to the Philippines

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  1. Filipino nationals
    • Philippine passport
  2. Former Filipinos and Balikbayans including their spouses and minor children (suspended till April 30, 2021)
    • valid passport
    • Foreign national spouse/child must travel with the Former Filipino spouse/parent in order to be allowed entry under the provisions of the Balikbayan Privilege (IATF No. 85 s.2020)
  3. Dual Citizen by reason of R.A. No. 9225
    • Oath of Allegiance, Order of Approval, Identification Certificate, and your valid foreign passport (check with the airline if they accept dual citizenship documents. If they will require a Philippine passport, apply for a passport at the nearest Philippine Consulate)
  4. Dual Citizen by reason of birth
    • Philippine passport or a Travel Document
  5. Foreign spouses, children, and parents of Filipino nationals traveling with them
    • foreign spouses, foreign minor children and foreign children with special needs, and foreign parents of Filipino nationals shall be required to secure the appropriate visas in order to be allowed entry into the Philippines. Call the nearest Philippine Consulate or Embassy near you or email visa@philippinessanfrancisco.org or vancouverpcg@telus.net for inquiries or visa applications.
  6. Non-Filipino/Foreign seafarers with 9(c) visa
    • Passport /Seaman’s Book must be presented
  7. Non-Filipino/Foreign nationals (suspended till April 30, 2021)
    • valid and existing visas at the time of entry

All Filipinos and foreign nationals permitted entry into the Philippines are required to:

  1. Secure and present a pre-booked accommodation for at least seven (7) nights from any accredited quarantine facility.  For the complete list, please proceed to   https://philippines.travel/safeph
  2. Undergo RT-PCR COVID-19 testing at their respective quarantine facility on the sixth day since their arrival in the Philippines 
  3. Comply with other arrival and quarantine procedures required by the Department of Health.  For more information, please proceed to https://www.covid19.gov.ph/
  4. Please wear a face mask and face shield.

Please be advised that eligible passengers for travel to the Philippines, including documentary, and additional requirements are subject to change. The information in the blog only serves as a guide. For inquiries and latest updates, you may contact the Philippine Bureau of Immigration at email: immigPH@gmail.combinoc_immigration@hotmail.phimmigration.helpline.ph@gmail.com


Passengers Arriving in Manila

  • Passengers arriving at Manila airport are required to register online at least three (3) days prior to your date of departure to arrange for the mandated COVID-19 swab test (RT-PCR). Please take note that your registration is only completed once you receive a QR Code via email.
  • Please ensure to have a confirmed booking at a hotel accredited by DOT and DOH while waiting for your COVID-19 test results and for at least 7 days. On the 6th day, you need to undergo your COVID-19 test. You must stay at your booked hotel until the test result is sent and BOQ (Bureau of Quarantine) medical certificate is issued.
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Passengers Arriving in Cebu

  • Passengers arriving at Cebu airport are required to register online no earlier than five (5) days prior to your flight departure through the Passenger Arrival Registration Form. A Travel Registration Number (TRN) will be generated once registration is complete.
  • For OFWs, please register to the OFW Assistance Information System (OASIS)
  • Please ensure to have a confirmed booking at a hotel accredited by DOT and DOH while waiting for your COVID-19 test results and for at least 7 days. On the 6th day, you need to undergo your COVID-19 test. You must stay at your booked hotel until the test result is sent and BOQ (Bureau of Quarantine) medical certificate is issued.
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Please take note that non-OFWs are required to pay for the COVID-19 RT-PCR Test. However, the test is free for OFWs. The test fee in Manila is Php 4,500 while the test fee in Cebu is Php 4,900. Payment can be made in the form of cash or credit card. Currency exchange booths are also available inside the terminal.

Also, immediate connecting domestic flights are currently not allowed because of the mandatory testing and quarantine. If your flight to the Philippines is not non-stop, please check the travel restrictions or requirements of your transit airport as they may have their own rules.

The strict travel rules and requirements are being implemented by the Philippine Government for everyone’s safety. We encourage all passengers to follow the rules to avoid inconvenience during their travel.

For bookings and inquiries, please call (844) 300-7983 or visit ASAP Tickets or ASAP Tickets Blog.

58 Comments

  1. Victor Cabreros October 5, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    Please let me know immediately as soon as foreign national is eligible to travel to the Philippines with just a U S passport needed.

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    1. Dear Victor, please follow us on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/asapticketsphilippines/ – and you’ll be the first to know when borders pf the Philippines are open for people holding US passports.

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  2. Dan A. Migalbin October 8, 2020 at 6:48 am

    What are the current mandatory requirements and restrictions that a Canadian may have to expect when travelling to the Philippines, and how to follow and meet them to avoid surprises at the entry and have hassle-free travel there? Thank you.

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  3. Rosalinda Abulseoud October 16, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    If I have connecting flight from Manila to Cagayan de Oro city, do I need to stay
    in Manila or I will transfer to the next flight and get the swab in Cagayan de Oro city so not to waste my time.

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    1. Unfortunately we won’t be able to provide any additional information, apart from what is mentioned in this blog post. Please get in touch with the Filipino embassy and they’ll be glad to help.

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    2. So any tourist coming from America cannot visit the Philippines yet is that what you’re saying

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  4. Rosalinda Abulseoud October 16, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    I have a previous flight to Phil from Toronto to Manila then to Cagayan de Oro City but was cancelled last April 2020 due to the pandemic. How can I rebook or until when can I keep the ticket for rebooking.

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    1. Dear Rosalinda, we treat each booking case separately as there are a lot of factors involved (airline, booking class etc.). Please get in touch with your agent and he/she will provide all the details. Thank you!

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  5. Socorro Hernandez October 18, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    Kailangan ko po ba ng Visa to visit Philippines 🇵🇭 and I am holding a Canadian Passport ? And how long can a senior person stay in her homelands? For Covid situation what are the requirements for travel?

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    1. Unfortunately we won’t be able to provide any additional information, apart from what is mentioned in this blog post. Please get in touch with the Filipino embassy and they’ll be glad to help.

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  6. Maria Josephine Barbosa October 24, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    Godly day po sanyo tanung ko lang po kung meron flight ng Dec dito kami sa Mason 0hio ,gusto namin magbakasyon ng pinas Dec to Marc 2021 dito kami magpa swabs test, dyn sa pinas paglapag ba dyn sa airport wala ng swabs test at deretso na kami sa bahay ,salamat po sa pagtugon nyo sakin mga katanungan God bless.

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    1. Hi. Please call 844-300-7983 (toll-free, 24/7) for bookings. Please take note that currently, all arriving passeners needs to undergo mandatoty testing and quarantine upon arrival. You will only be released and allowed to continue quarantine from home once you get your negative test result. Thank you!

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  7. I was a Cebu resident for 33 years and married to a Filippino lady. I imigrated my wife to the US in 2015. I was also the US Consular Agent in Cebu heading the Consular Agency at the Waterfront Hotel for 20 years before retiring
    in 2015. I would like to visit Cebu on business and to see friends as soon as possible.
    What do I need to do to be able to return to Cebu for a short visit.

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    1. Dear John, spouses of Filipino citizens are allowed to enter the Philippines, so you shouldn’t have any problems on the border. However, please double-check this information with the US embassy in the Philippines. Thank you!

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  8. Im married to a woman in the Philippines Davao area she is there and I’m in the US. Can I travel there to be with her and what are my requirements. I don’t have a visa my acr1 card expired but I have a valid drivers license for there.

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    1. Dear George, you should be able to travel to the Philippines as spouses of Filipino citizens are allowed to enter. However, please double-check this information with the US embassy in the Philippines. Thank you!

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  9. Maria Acantilado November 12, 2020 at 6:10 am

    Im holding a canadian passport but i still have a valid Philippine passport , my husband is still in the Philippines, can i go before Christmas? Thank you

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    1. Dear Maria, you should be able to go, yes. However, please double-check with the Filipino embassy. Thank you!

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  10. I have my dual citizenship papers and oath but I dont have a Philippine passport yet, question is, WILL I STILL BE ABLE TO TRAVEL TO THE PHILIPPINES USING MY U.S. PASSPORT?

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    1. Dear Noel, as situation and Filipino government requirements are changing constantly, it’ll be safer to get in touch with the Filipino embassy in the US.

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  11. Is there a swab test unit at clark international airport? I know there are hotels there.since clark is an international airport?

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    1. Dear James, yes, Clark airport do have swab tests.

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  12. Is there a fee if my husband rides his FOLD AND GO ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR up to the entrance of the plane’s door? Of course, the wheelchair has to be brought onto the plane.

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    1. Dear Fe, the fee would depend on the airline. Please ask the agent to check this before confirming the booking.

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  13. They didn’t allowed us to travel as one of my daughter is Canadian and shes 7yrs old. And are about to check in that time . Me and my 2 more daughters has Philippine passport.But They told me at the airport that my 7yr old daughter Needs visa. But i did check in visa application, that foreign spouses and children are exempt for visa. And i cant get my money back ..

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    1. Dear Laine, very sorry to hear about this! Unfortunately, the entry rules to the Philippines are very strict now and, what’s even more complicated, they are changing all the time. Tough times.

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  14. Is the quarantine requirements for passengers coming from US to Manila now 14 days in a hotel that’s certified?

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    1. Hi, Noella. No, you can continue your quarantine at home once you receive your negative test result.

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  15. Can an American travel to the Philippines yet with just my passport for a 3 week visit?

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    1. Hi, unfortunately, not yet.

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  16. Gabriel Johnston December 14, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    I am a USA citizen married to a Filipina that lives in Mindinao. I have a US Passport but I don’t have a Philippines Visa. Can I now travel home to the Philippines to be with My Wife without a Philippines Visa because I am married to a Filipina citizen?

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    1. Dear Gabriel, according to new rules – yes, spouses of Filipino citizens are allowed to enter the country. However, please double-check with the Filipino embassy in the US in case there are some extra rules and/or restrictions. Thank you!

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  17. Emmitt C Jordan January 18, 2021 at 8:07 am

    Are US citizens allowed to enter the Philippines now ?

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    1. Hi! Unfortunately not yet.

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  18. Celestino Geronimo January 18, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    Can Filipino citizen holding a Philippine Passport travel to Manila but transitting only at the airport for final trip to a South East asian country without getting any swab test and be quarantine in Manila?

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    1. Dear Celestino, this is a pretty complicated case, so you better contact Filipino embassy in the US for all the details.

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  19. Gresilda Sompreqie January 21, 2021 at 6:10 am

    When can i book if i am going home by april or may

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    1. Dear Gresilda, the best time to book a flight would be now. The the start of vaccination demand is picking up and airfares will only go up. However, when talking to one of our agents, you better ask for an option with a flexible exchange policy. Thus you’ll be able to adjust your travel dates, if needed.

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  20. Hello, my wife is Philippine and I am US citizen we have one child also us citizen. My question is, we are planning to go there on June to visit her father and siblings, we are going to stay for a month, what do we need to do, am I allow to go with them and what is the procedure

    Thank You

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    1. Dear Rafael, the situation with the lockdowns is changing all the time, so you better address all these questions to the Filipino embassy in the U.S. They should have the complete information.

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  21. Hi there:
    My question is beside the crazy pandemic we are experiencing now. I am a filipino american citizen. I grow up in the U.S. i am planning to go back home within 6 months. Hopefully this pandemic be over with during that time. How long can i stay in the Philippines as filipino american?

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    1. Katherine Ariston February 2, 2021 at 5:26 am

      Hi. Are you a former Filipino? Under the Balikbayan program, former Filipino nationals and their family members are allowed to travel to the Philippines visa-free and stay for a period of up to one year. Travel restrictions in the Philippines change from time to time. Please contact the Philippine Consulate before your flight. Thank you!

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  22. Marlyn guerrero February 2, 2021 at 4:47 am

    Paano po ang rules pag complete covid vaccine ng covid 19 na po ang uuwi na filipino citizen?meron din po akong refund na hanggang ngayon eh d ko pa rin na kle claim,sabi po sakin ng agent na nasa asap ticket daw po ang problema dahil asap ticket daw pi ang magrerelease ng refund. Mahigit apat na buwan na pi myla ng magfile ako ng refund dahil sabi sakin na pag d ko nagamit yong ticket ko hanggang december 17,2020 ay d na ako pwedeng magrefund.I rerevoke na daw po kaya napilititan akong mag file ng refund pero hanggang ngayon d ko pa rin natatanggap yung refund.

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    1. Katherine Ariston February 2, 2021 at 5:23 am

      Hi. Please send us your ITN Confirmation Number & contact details (email or phone number) so I can forward it to our Customer Support Team. Regarding the rules on covid vaccine, wala pa pong rules tungkol dito. Ang travel restriction po ay mandatory testing and quarantine upon arrival and on the sixth day from the date of arrival mag-tetest po ulit. Thank you!

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  23. Hi! I was a Filipino Citizen, born and race in the Philippines. Now, I am U.S citizen. My question is: I’m allowed to go home and visit to my parents and my siblings? Do I need a Visa to enter to the Philippines? Thank you!

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    1. Dear Judith, the terms and requirements for entry to the Philippines are changing all the time, so you better check all the details with the Filipino embassy in the US. Thank you!

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  24. If you had already vaccine for COVID-19, what are the rules in the Philippines regarding this?
    Here in the US, if you had the COVID-19 vaccine you’re exempted of quarantine.
    Please let me know so that my wife and I know what to do in case that we have a plan to visit our country.
    We are dual citizen and we had our passport and dual citizenship certificates.
    Thanks.

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    1. Dear Art, the terms and requirements for entry to the Philippines are changing all the time, so you better check all the details with the Filipino embassy in the US. Thank you!

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  25. I’m holding US passport and I don’t apply visa, how long can i stay in the philippines without philippines visa, what I understand is if you stay less than 30 days you don’t need to apply visa, please advice me if Im wrong before I purchase plane ticket

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    1. Katherine Ariston March 9, 2021 at 2:16 am

      Hi. Are you a former Filipino who has been naturalized in the US? If yes, you can enter the Philippines without visa. Please read for more information: http://www.philippinessanfrancisco.org/news/7166/591/PUBLIC-ADVISORY-Philippine-Entry-Rules-Effective-01-February-2021/d,phildet/

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  26. Lilibeth Cardoza March 8, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    Me and my husband received 2 shots of moderna vaccine,do we still needs to be quarantine?

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    1. Katherine Ariston March 9, 2021 at 2:12 am

      Hi. The Philippines doesn’t have a new rule yet regarding arriving passengers who are vaccinated already. As of the moment, all arriving passengers from the US need to undergo hotel quarantine and testing on the 6th day. Please read for more information: http://www.philippinessanfrancisco.org/news/7166/591/PUBLIC-ADVISORY-Philippine-Entry-Rules-Effective-01-February-2021/d,phildet/

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  27. Lourdes ABAO GALSIM March 8, 2021 at 5:36 pm

    We are dual citizen and leaving on March 17 to the Philippines. My husband and I are fully vaccinated for Pfiser here in US. Do we still have to undergo quarantine for 5 days although per CDC guidlines we are safe as far as transmitting the virus. Please advise what document do we need to prepare for our post vaccine. Thanks!!!!

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    1. Katherine Ariston March 9, 2021 at 2:12 am

      Hi. The Philippines doesn’t have a new rule yet regarding arriving passengers who are vaccinated already. As of the moment, all arriving passengers from the US need to undergo hotel quarantine and testing on the 6th day. Please read for more information: http://www.philippinessanfrancisco.org/news/7166/591/PUBLIC-ADVISORY-Philippine-Entry-Rules-Effective-01-February-2021/d,phildet/

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  28. Anastacio Javier March 8, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    I am a Us citizen already completed Pfizer vaccine. Do I need to have RtT PCR test and hotel quarantine?

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    1. Katherine Ariston March 9, 2021 at 2:11 am

      Hi. The Philippines doesn’t have a new rule yet regarding arriving passengers who are vaccinated already. As of the moment, all arriving passengers from the US need to undergo hotel quarantine and testing on the 6th day. Please read for more information: http://www.philippinessanfrancisco.org/news/7166/591/PUBLIC-ADVISORY-Philippine-Entry-Rules-Effective-01-February-2021/d,phildet/

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  29. I am a Balikbayan and holding a U.S. passport. I live part time in the Philippines with my husband who is a Foreign National. When is the update for the consulate site be available? The last information has expired on April 21, 2021. I am sure many people are waiting for the update on this issue.

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    1. Katherine Ariston April 26, 2021 at 1:53 am

      Hi. Please read for more information: https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/04/16/21/philippines-travel-ban-foreigners-april-30 There are no news yet if it will get extended. Thank you!

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