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ADVISORY: Testing and Quarantine Protocols from 10 February 2022

Pursuant to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) Resolution No. 160 A & B as amended by Resolution No. 164-A, arriving passengers are subject to the following modified quarantine and testing protocols upon arrival in the Philippines from 10 February 2022:

  1. Fully vaccinated international arriving FILIPINO NATIONALS (with VaxCertPH digital vaccination certificate or BOQ/WHO-issued International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis [ICVP] or the national/state digital certificate of the foreign government where they were vaccinated, which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement unless otherwise permitted by the IATF)***
    • Japanese government-issued COVID19 vaccination certificates are recognized by the Philippine government.
    • In the case of passengers from Japan, fully-vaccinated international passengers:
      1. Shall submit a negative RT-PCR test conducted within 48 hours, or a negative laboratory-based Antigen Test taken within twenty-four (24) hours, prior to the date and time of departure from the country of origin / first port of embarkation in a continuous travel to the Philippines, excluding lay-overs; provided, that, passenger has not left the airport premises or has not been admitted into another country during such lay-over;
      2. Upon arrival, they shall no longer be required to observe mandatory facility-based quarantine but shall self-monitor for any sign or symptom for seven (7) days with the first day being the date of arrival; and,
      3. Shall report to the local government unit of destination upon manifestation of symptoms.
    • Filipino nationals who have recovered from COVID-19 but still get a positive RT-PCR test result may still enter the country subject to the protocols for vaccinated or unvaccinated Filipino nationals, provided that they present the following documents:
      1. Positive RT-PCR test taken not earlier than 10 days but not later than 30 days prior to departure from country of origin/port of embarkation;
      2. Positive RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to the date and time of departure from the country of origin/first port of embarkation in a continuous travel to the Philippines, excluding lay-overs; provided, that, passenger has not left the airport premises or has not been admitted into another country during such lay-over; and,
      3. Medical Certificate issued by a licensed physician stating that the Filipino national (i) was an asymptomatic, mild, moderate, sever or critical case of COVID-19, as the case may be, (ii) completed the mandatory isolation period for COVID-19, (iii) is no longer infectious, and (iv) had been allowed free movement and travel.
    • All inbound Filipinos shall register with the OneHealthPass prior to arrival in the Philippines.
  2. Fully vaccinated international arriving FOREIGN NATIONALS (with VaxCertPH digital vaccination certificate or BOQ/WHO-issued International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis [ICVP] or the national/state digital certificate of the foreign government where they were vaccinated, which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement unless otherwise permitted by the IATF)***
    • Japanese government-issued COVID19 vaccination certificates are recognized by the Philippine government.
    • In the case of passengers from Japan, fully-vaccinated international passengers:
        1. Shall submit a negative RT-PCR test conducted within 48 hours, or a negative laboratory-based Antigen Test taken within twenty-four (24) hours, prior to the date and time of departure from the country of origin/first port of embarkation in a continuous travel to the Philippines, excluding lay-overs; provided, that, passenger has not left the airport premises or has not been admitted into another country during such lay-over;
        2. Upon arrival, they shall no longer be required to observe mandatory facility-based quarantine but shall self-monitor for any sign or symptom for seven (7) days with the first day being the date of arrival; and,
        3. Shall report to the local government unit of destination upon manifestation of symptoms.
  3. For FILIPINOS and FOREIGN NATIONALS who are not fully-vaccinated (or whose vaccination status cannot be independently verified/confirmed by Philippine authorities as valid and authentic)
    • In the case of passengers from Japan, individuals who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or whose vaccination status cannot be independently validated:
      1. Shall submit a negative RT-PCR test conducted within 48 hours, or a negative laboratory-based Antigen Test taken within twenty-four (24) hours, prior to the date and time of departure from the country of origin / first port of embarkation in a continuous travel to the Philippines, excluding lay-overs; provided, that, passenger has not left the airport premises or has not been admitted into another country during such lay-over;
      2. Additionally, they shall be required to undergo facility-based quarantine as follows:
        Day 1 : Arrival/Check-in at quarantine facility
        Day 5 : RT-PCR Testing
        Day 6 : Release of Test Results (may take longer than 1 day)
        Day 7-14 : After release of test results, required to undergo home quarantine
    • Starting 10 February, foreign nationals who are unvaccinated shall no longer be allowed entry to the Philippines. Exceptions to the requirement that all passengers to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane/vessel to the Philippines are absolutely limited to the following groups:
      1. Children below twelve (12) years of age;
      2. Foreign diplomats and their qualified dependents/9(e) visa holders.
  4. For those with accompanying minor children
    • Children below twelve (12) years of age who are not vaccinated for any reason whatsoever shall follow the quarantine protocols of the parent/s or the accompanying guardian travelling with them.
    • Children from twelve (12) years to seventeen (17) years of age shall follow the classification and procedures based on their vaccination status (i.e., vaccinated or unvaccinated). In case of such unvaccinated minor children, either foreign or Filipino parent should accompany such child or children during their facility-based quarantine.

For further questions and/or clarification, kindly directly coordinate with the Department of Health (DOH) or the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ)

Department of Health (DOH) Call Center
Department of Health Central Office
Bldg. 9 San Lazaro Compound, Sta. Cruz, Manila
Telephone Number: (02) 8651-7800 local 5003-5005 or (02) 5318-7500
DOH Call Center text: 0918-8888364
Email Address: callcenter@doh.gov.ph  OR  boq.opcen@gmail.com

**** An individual shall be considered as having been fully vaccinated for COVID-19:

  1. More than or equal to 2 weeks after having received the 2nd dose in a 2-dose series; or
  2. More than or equal to 2 weeks after having received a single-dose vaccine.
  3. The vaccines administered to the individual are included in any of the following:
    • Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) List of Compassionate Special Permit (CSP) issued by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration; or
    • Emergency Use Listing of the World Health Organization.

Note: Kindly make sure to check the applicable quarantine and testing protocols at the time of your travel.

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