In a significant update to the country’s travel guidelines, the Department of Health (DOH) has announced that international travelers will no longer need to present their COVID-19 vaccination certificate to enter the country. The announcement was made on Wednesday, August 10, 2023.
This move is part of the updated guidelines on vaccine certificates for inbound and outbound travelers. As per the new rules, “All arriving international travelers are accepted regardless of their vaccination status,” stated the DOH. This is a marked change from previous requirements and is seen as a step towards normalizing international travel.
However, travelers departing the Philippines are reminded that their vaccination requirements will depend on the country of destination. “It is highly recommended that the travelers should check on the requirements of the country that he or she is going,” the DOH advised.
Additionally, specific requirements, including the International Certificate of Vaccination for Prophylaxis for Yellow Fever Vaccine, for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) will continue to depend on the requirement of their respective company or agency.
The change follows the Philippine national government’s decision to lift the public health emergency on COVID-19 on July 22, coming months after the World Health Organization lifted the global state of public health emergency. This major step is in line with the ongoing efforts to ease restrictions and gradually return to pre-pandemic conditions.