Can’t wait to travel to the Philippines and visit your family and friends back home? 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
  2. Foreign spouses, children, and parents of Filipino nationals
    • effective 9-Aug-2020, 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.
  3. Non-Filipino/Foreign seafarers with 9(c) visa
    • Passport /Seaman’s Book must be presented
  4. Non-Filipino/Foreign nationals with an eligible long-term visa
  5. Formal Filipinos in possession of a Recognition Certificate or Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition Act (RA9225) Certificate

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) to be administered upon arrival. 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 2 days. You must stay at your booked hotel until the test result is sent and BOQ (Bureau of Quarantine) medical certificate is issued.

Passengers Arriving in Cebu

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 your travel.

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

11 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.

    Reply

    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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  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?

    Reply

    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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