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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 OCTOBER 13, 2020
Quarantine and Coronavirus-Related Measures in the Philippines To Date
March 17, 2020 - May 31, 2020 - Different quarantine levels imposed in Metro Manila and 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, setting 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 - October 30, 2020 - Less Strict "General Community Quarantine" and "Modified General Community Quarantine"
Starting June 1, 2020, the country was placed under "General Community Quarantine" (GCQ). Certain provinces then were placed under the more permissive "Modified General Community Quarantine" (MGCQ).
Under GCQ, restrictions are lessened. 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.A number of domestic flights resumed (see details below).
Currently - Other parts of the countries with low number of cases were placed under the more lenient and permissive MGCQ.
As of now, the only places under the more stringent GCQ are Metro Manila (National Capital Region), Bacolod, Tacloban, Batangas, Iligan + Iloilo City.
The current status is set to last until October 30, 2020.
Limited International Flights - Only for Locals and Specific Other Categories
As of writing, limited international flights are operating. 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 and other categories). Link Inquirer.
All passengers, both Filipinos and foreigners arriving in the Philippines will be required to undergo testing and quarantine. Link Rappler.
Domestic Flights (Partially Resumed, Limited Restoration of Domestic Tourism)
A limited number of domestic flights resumed their operations starting on June 2, 2020 (link CNN Philippines).
Several limitations to movements within the country are still in place, though circulation of people around different provinces restarted. Domestic tourism slowly and limitedly restarted, being allowed mostly within the same provinces, regions and/or adjacent ones.
Boracay Island was the first destination to start accepting tourists from all over the country, though requiring a compulsory swab test before departure (Link Abs Cbn News). For foreign tourists, travel is permited only for foreign nationals who are already residents of the Philippines (international tourism is still suspended).
Epidemic Status: Official Bullettin of Department of Health
The latest Official Bulletin published on the Facebook Page of Department of Health as of October 13, 2020 (link) recorded a total of 344,713 Covid-19 confirmed cases in the Philippines so far (since the start of the Pandemic). 44,958 are currently active cases. Recorded recoveries so far are 293,383. Recorded deaths are 6,372.
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!