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Philippines - Covid-19 Travel Advisories and Updates
This page will be updated with the latest advisories and most relevant news regarding the Covid-19 global pandemics and its effect on travelling to the Philippines.
The purpose of this page is to give general and collective information to those who intend to travel to the Philippines for tourism purposes.
The information you'll find below might not be updated nor accurate. For legitimate information, you should always consult the official online and/or offline sources of the Public Authorities in the Philippines and/or in your country of origin.
LAST UPDATE ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2020
Quarantine in the Philippines as of May 31, 2020
Starting March 17, 2020, different levels of quarantines have been in place in several provinces in the Philippines. A "Enhanced Community Quarantine" (ECQ) was declared in Metro Manila, Cebu and other "high risk" provinces until May 15, 2020, which set a series of suspensions and limitations on public transportation, non-essential works, business activities and restricted permission to leave homes. Also domestic flights and a great portion of international flights were suspended. Thereafter, a less strict "Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine" (MECQ) was established until May 31, 2020, partially resuming public transportation services and work for limited industries.
June 1, 2020 - September 30, 2020: Less Strict "General Community Quarantine" and "Modified General Community Quarantine"
Starting June 1, 2020, the whole country was placed under "General Community Quarantine" (GCQ) then, the more permissive "Modified General Community Quarantine" (MGCQ).
Under GCQ, less restrictions are for implementation. Means of public transportation were allowed to run with reduced capacity. Small businesses and malls are open and socialization is possible, though mass gatherings are still prohibited. Anyway, citizens aged below 21 years old and above 60 years old are still not allowed to go out of their homes.
Several domestic flights resumed (see details below) though leisure travel is still prohibited.
GCQ in Metro Manila was extended until August 3, 2020. In Cebu, the more strict MECQ (see above) was resumed (see link CNN Philippines).
Following an increase of the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases, Metro Manila was again put under MECQ and other 4 provinces (Rizal, Cavite, Laguna and Bulacan) starting August 4, 2020. The said quarantine status lasted until August 18.
After August 18, GCQ was re-established in Metro Manila and surrounding provinces. Other parts of the countries, where the number of cases is low, are placed in the more lenient and permissive MGCQ. You can check here on Manila Bulletin the list of Provinces under GCQ (other not-listed Provinces are under MGCQ).
It was later announced that the above-mentioned quarantine statuses would be extended until September 30, 2020.
As of writing, limited international flights are operating in the international airports. You may check with your airline for available schedules. Only limited categories of passengers are allowed to arrive in the Philippines (such as Filipino Citizens, Residents of the Philippines and their families, other special categories). Link Inquirer.
As of now, both Filipinos and foreigners arriving in the Philippines will be required to undergo testing and quarantine. Link Rappler.
Domestic Flights - Currently Suspended in Manila
A limited number of domestic flights resumed their operations starting on June 2, 2020 (link CNN Philippines). The number of available flights is increasing, though leisure travel is still not allowed.
Epidemic Status: Official Bullettin of Department of Health
The latest Official Bulletin published on the Facebook Page of Department of Health as of September 7, 2020 (link) recorded a total of 238,727 Covid-19 confirmed cases in the Philippines so far (since the start of the Pandemic). 49,931 are currently active cases. Recorded recoveries so far are 184,906. Recorded deaths are 3,890.
Next updates will be published on this page when we'll have significant news to share that are related to tourism in the Philippines. Again, please be reminded that this is not an official service.
Please remember to:
respect quarantine guidelines in your own place
practice social distancing
wear masks or other protective gears as directed by your local authorities
always wash your hands thoroughly and avoid touching your face
stay healthy in mind and body
keep dreaming about your future travels! The Philippines will be waiting for you!