GUIDE: New PH Travel Requirements for Fully Vaccinated Foreigners

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The Philippines has set new entry rules effective April 1 for fully-vaccinated foreigners, as Southeast Asia opens up to the rest of the world.

The Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19 response has approved the entry of fully vaccinated foreign nationals to the Philippines even without an entry exemption document from April 1 as long as they have proof of inoculation and abide by applicable visa requirements and immigration rules.

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Here's a guide on the new entry rules approved by the IATF for fully vaccinated foreign nationals effective April 1:

Who is considered fully vaccinated?

Foreign nationals are deemed fully vaccinated if they have received the second dose in a two-dose primary vaccine series or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine more than 14 days prior to the date and time of departure from the country of origin.

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The COVID-19 vaccine, according to the IATF, should be included in any of the following:

1. Emergency Use Authorization list or Compassionate Special Permit List of the Philippines' Food and Drug Administration

2. Emergency Use Listing of the World Health Organization

Children below 12 years old who are traveling with fully vaccinated parents are exempted from the rule.

What are the acceptable proofs of COVID-19 vaccination?

The following are considered acceptable proofs of COVID-19 vaccination:

  • WHO International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis
  • VaxCertPH
  • National or state digital certificate of the country or foreign government which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement
  • Other proofs of vaccination allowed by the IATF

What are the requirements?

Fully vaccinated foreign nationals planning to travel to the Philippines need to prepare the following requirements:

1.  An acceptable proof of  COVID-19 vaccination

2. Negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours or a negative laboratory-based antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to the date and time of departure from the country of origin in a continuous travel to the Philippines, excluding layovers, provided that he/she has not left the airport premises or has not been admitted to another country during layovers

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3.  A valid passport valid for a period of at least six months at the time of arrival in the Philippines

4. Travel insurance for COVID-19 treatment costs from reputable insurance providers with a minimum coverage of $35,000 for the duration of their stay in the Philippines

What about quarantine rules?

Fully vaccinated foreign nationals who will meet all of the requirements mentioned above no longer have to undergo facility-based quarantine but should monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for seven days with the first day being the date of arrival in the Philippines.

Should the foreign national experience  COVID-19 symptoms, he or she must report to the local government unit of destination.

The Philippines welcomed tourists again last month after fighting a renewed surge of COVID-19 infections driven by the hyper-contagious Omicron variant.

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