The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) released a resolution detailing the new entry, testing, and quarantine protocols for foreign nationals coming from 157 visa-free countries arriving in the Philippines in the coming days.
Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat today issued a reminder to foreign tourists coming to the country to prepare all requirements to ensure a seamless travel experience.
“The new guidelines issued by the IATF are an indication that, while the country has opened its borders to fully vaccinated business and leisure visitors, it is doing so with utmost care and with full regard for the health and safety of both visitors and the general public,” Puyat said.
On January 29, the IATF accepted the DOT's proposal to open the Philippines to international leisure travelers starting February 10.
Based on the IATF –EID Resolution 160-B, all arriving international tourists must be able to present the following:
- Acceptable proof of vaccination
a. World Health Organization International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis; OR
b. VaxCertPH; OR
c. National or state digital certificate of the country/foreign government which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement; OR
d. Other proofs of vaccination permitted by the IATF.
- Negative RT-PCR Test Taken within forty –eight hours (48 hours) before the date and time of departure from the country of origin / first port of embarkation in a continuous trip to the Philippines, excluding lay-overs for their return journey
- Valid tickets for their return journey to the port of origin or next port of destination not later than thirty (30) days from the date of arrival in the Philippines
- Passports valid for at least six (6) months at the time of their arrival to the Philippines
- Travel insurance for COVID-19 treatment costs from reputed insurers, with a minimum coverage of USD 35,000 for the duration of their stay in the Philippines
Only fully vaccinated foreign visitors are permitted to enter the country, Puyat said.
Protocols for Foreign Children
Based on the resolution, foreign children below twelve (12) years of age who are not vaccinated for any reason whatsoever and traveling with their Filipino parent shall follow the entry, testing, and quarantine protocols of their Filipino parent traveling with them.
Meanwhile, foreigners aged 12-17 traveling with their Filipino parents must follow the protocols based on their vaccination status. In case of such unvaccinated minor children, either foreign or Filipino parents should accompany such child or children during their facility-based quarantine.
Furthermore, an individual is deemed fully vaccinated if he or she received the second dose in a two-dose series or a single dose vaccine more than 14 days before the date and time of departure from the point of origin.
Puyat noted that while foreign visitors will not be required to undergo facility-based quarantine, they should continue self-monitoring and report to the local government unit of their destination should they exhibit any of the symptoms of the virus.
“The opening of our borders to eligible foreign visitors and the rebound of the tourism industry can only mean the restoration of the livelihood of millions of Filipinos working in tourism-related establishments and businesses who have been displaced by the pandemic. It will contribute greatly to the eventual revival of the Philippine economy”, Puyat added.
For the complete guidelines, see IATF-EID Resolution 160 B (https://www.officialgazette.gov.ph/downloads/2022/02feb/20220203-RESO-160B-RRD.pdf).