DFA Pandemic Advisory: Traveling In and Outside the Philippines

How has the pandemic changed the way we travel? Let me count the ways…

Whether you are traveling locally (within the country) or to other countries, you are sure to experience the “new normal” processes implemented by the different local government units and countries such as: a negative antigen or RT-PCR test prior to your entry, a duly accomplished health declaration form, a QR code as proof that your trip is authorized, your vaccine card, and a whole lot more. It may take a while before we can just simply book a flight, pack our bags, and hop on a plane or a boat like before. Oh, the times we live in.

The Department of Foreign Affairs released their latest policies on traveling in and outside the country. This advisory was posted on January 27, 2022. If you are planning a trip anytime soon, or know someone who is traveling to the Philippines, today’s blog may be of help.

Below is the list of countries where we can travel to and the countries that are allowed to enter our territory, and the list of requirements. These were lifted from the DFA’s Facebook page.

TRAVELING TO THE PHILIPPINES

The Philippines accepts the vaccine certificates of the following countries as proof of COVID-19 vaccination status. In the same manner, these countries shall accept the VaxcertPH of Filipino travelers as proof of COVID-19 vaccination status.

  1. Armenia
  2. Australia
  3. Austria
  4. Belgium
  5. Canada
  6. Colombia
  7. Czech Republic
  8. France
  9. Georgia
  10. Germany
  11. India
  12. Iraq
  13. Italy
  14. Japan
  15. Kazakhstan
  16. Kuwait
  17. Monaco
  18. New Zealand
  19. Oman
  20. Samoa
  21. Singapore
  22. Sri Lanka
  23. Thailand
  24. The Netherlands
  25. Tunisia
  26. Turkey
  27. United Arab Emirates
  28. United Kingdom
  29. USA
  30. Vietnam

Reminders for Pinoys traveling to other countries:

  1. Entry regulations and quarantine protocols for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers imposed by your destination country shall still apply.
  2. Accepted vaccines for entry varies per destination country/territory.
  3. Travelers are reminded to gather pertinent information and additional requirements with respect to existing regulations and protocols of their destination country/territory before traveling.
  4. Additional information for specific travels (list may be updated and subject to change):
    • For UAE travelers:
    • For Kuwait travelers:
      • Register VaxCertPH to the Ministry of Health website under the E-services section (Registration of Vaccination Document issued Abroad) for verification and approval.
      • Once approved, download the IMMUNE App (downloadable through Apple and Google Play Store) to access vaccination details issued abroad and be used in Kuwait.
      • Secure approval prior to the intended date of travel.
    • For travels within the EU:
      • Note that recognition extended by individual European Union countries listed apply only to the respective country concerned.

Arrival Guide and Quarantine Procedures (for travelers entering the Philippines):

  1. For travelers coming from Green List countries:
    • Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, British Virgin Islands, China (Mainland), Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Falkland Islands, The Gambia, Gana, Guinea, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Montserrat, Morocco, Niger, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Saba, Saint Barthelemy, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sint Eustatius, Taiwan, Timor-Leste, Uganda
    • Requirements for VACCINATED individuals:
      • Negative RT-PCR test result taken within 48 hours prior to departure from the country of origin
      • No facility-based quarantine required
      • Self-monitor for any sign or symptom until the 7th day from arrival
  2. For travelers coming from Yellow List countries:
    • Those classified by the IATF as “moderate risk” countries/jurisdictions/territories.
    • All other countries/territories/jurisdictions not identified as “Green” or “Red”
    • Requirements for VACCINATED individuals:
      • Negative RT-PCR test result taken within 48 hours prior to departure from the country of origin
      • Facility-based quarantine until the release of the negative results
      • 5th day swabbing
      • Home quarantine until the 7th day from arrival
  3. For travelers coming from Red List countries:
    • Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Canada, Curacao, French Guiana, Iceland, Malta, Mayotte, Mozambique, Puerto Rico (US), Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Spain, US Virgin Islands
    • Requirements for VACCINATED individuals:
      • Negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to departure from the country of origin
      • Facility-based quarantine until the release of the negative results
      • 5th day swabbing
      • Home quarantine until the 7th day from arrival

Always check the DFA’s website and Facebook page for updates on travel protocols before your flight date. Make sure to include your vaccine card in your travel documents — keep a photo of your vaccine card in your phone as back-up. And of course, wear your face mask properly, bring your own pen for the documents you need to sign at the airport, bring your own hand sanitizers and sanitize often. Keep a safe distance from others during wait times at airports, and always be honest when making health declarations.

Always travel safely!

References:

https://www.facebook.com/dfaphl

http://www.philippineairlines.com

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