Starting today, 10 February, the Philippines has reopened its borders to fully vaccinated travellers from visa-free countries.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) okays the Department of Tourism’s (DOT) proposal to allow fully vaccinated tourists from the 157 countries that have visa-free arrangements with the Philippines. The COVID task force also removed the traffic light system to drive tourism recovery.

Fully-vaccinated tourists from visa-free countries no longer have to undergo quarantine. Travellers must have received the second dose in a two-dose series or a single dose vaccine more than 14 days prior to the date of departure from the country of origin.

The vaccine used must be one that is authorized by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO). Children below 12 years old, regardless of vaccination status, can also travel to the country. They will follow the protocol for the accompanying fully-vaccinated foreign parent.

“These are exciting times for Philippine tourism. We have been ready since 2020; with the significant dwindling of new COVID cases, the Department of Tourism (DOT) can now push forward with our plans and programs for the full recovery of the Philippine tourism industry,” Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat said in a virtual forum on Tuesday.

“Allowing the entry of these international travellers is a welcome development that will lead to growth in the travel and tourism sector, the restoration of lost jobs, the generation of much-needed revenue for tourism-related enterprises, tourism communities and the government, plus many other benefits that will be felt by the entire tourism value chain,” she added.

Here are the requirements if you plan to travel to the Philippines:

  1. Visitors must be fully-vaccinated with any of the following proofs:
    1. WHO International Certificates of Vaccination and Prophylaxis
    2. VaxCertPH
    3. National/ state digital certificate of a foreign government that has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement
    4. Other proofs of vaccination permitted by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF)
  2. Your Passport must be valid for at least six (6) months at the time of arrival to the Philippines.
  3. Obtain travel insurance for COVID-19 treatment costs, with a minimum of USD35,000 coverage for the full duration of your stay in the Philippines.
  4. Register at at least three (3) days prior to departure to get a QR Code. The following are the documents to be submitted:
    1. Proof of vaccination (except for children below 12 years old, who will follow the protocol for the accompanying parent or guardian)
    2. Confirmed bookings from hotels or accommodation establishments that are accredited by the Philippines’ Department of Tourism (DOT)
    3. Return flight tickets to your port of origin or next destination, which should be not later than 30 days from the date of arrival in the Philippines
    4. Negative result of RT-PCR Test taken within 48 hours prior to departure. Only children who are three (3) years old and below are exempted from this requirement.