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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 APRIL 22, 2021
Quarantines in Manila and the Philippines: the situation from the beginning of the pandemic to January 27, 2020
Since March 2020, different quarantine levels have been established in different provinces of the Philippines. An "Enhanced Community Quarantine" (ECQ) was declared in Manila, Cebu and other "high risk" provinces and lasted until May 15, 2020. A series of suspensions and limitations were ordered, involving public transportation, non-essential works, commercial activities and other aspects, as well as limited possibilities to leave home. Domestic flights and a significant portion of international flights have also been suspended.
Subsequently, a less stringent "Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine" (MECQ) was put in place until May 31, 2020. It regarded the reopening of some public transport and work in some sectors.
Starting from 1 June 2020, a new phase started. The different provinces of the Philippines were divided into areas with Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) and areas with the more stringent General Community Quarantine (GCQ). To date, the areas in GCQ in the Luzon region are: Metro Manila, the province of Batangas and some areas of Isabela in the Luzon region. In the Visayas region, Tacloban City. In the Mindanao region, Iligan City, Lanao City, Davao City and Davao del Sur.
All other areas in the country are in MGCQ.
See US Embassy link.
Trains and buses are allowed to operate with limited capacity, as are taxis and other public transport. Small businesses and shopping centers are open and socialization is possible, however mass gatherings are always prohibited.
It remains a prohibition to leave their home for children and elderly (age brackets depend on the latest regulations also at a local level as well as the quarantine level).
Domestic flights (partial restoration - limited restart of domestic tourism only)
Domestic airlines resumed flights starting June 2, 2020 (link CNN Philippines). There are still various restrictions on travels within the country, however the movement of people between different provinces has restarted.
Some major tourist areas now accept domestic tourists, however with the obligation to show a negative swab result before departure (the areas available for visit for domestic tourism can be found on the website https://philippines.travel/safetrip of the Philippine Department of Tourism ). As for foreign tourists, travel is only allowed to those who are already residing in the Philippines (international tourism is still suspended).
International flights (international tourism not allowed - restrictions regarding also the residents)
Entry into the country for tourism purposes is not permitted. The only foreigners who can enter the country belong to limited special categories, including already-resident foreigners (with a pre-existing visa). From 29 December 2020 (link Reuters), further limitations have been established in order to prevent the spread of the new variants of the Coronavirus. Further restrictions, with the addition of other countries to the travel ban list, were established in the following weeks. To stay updated on the evolution of the situation, it is advisable to consult the Facebook page of the Immigration Bureau.
Epidemic Status: Official Bullettin of Department of Health
The bulletin of the Department of Health's official Facebook page of April 22, 2021 (link) recorded a total of 971,049 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the Philippines since the start of the pandemic. There are currently 107,988 active cases. The number of recovered patients is currently 846,691. The recorded deaths are 16,370.
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!