Philippines Travel Advice & Safety

Entry into the Philippines

All arrivals

If you’re entering the Philippines visa-free you must have travel insurance for COVID-19 treatment with a minimum coverage of $US35,000 for the duration of your stay.

You must download and register an account in the Traze Contact Tracing mobile App before entry at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Manila Terminals.

Your passport must be valid for at least six months, and you must have onward/return tickets for no later than 30 days from your arrival in the Philippines.

You must register at the One Health Pass online portal and complete the electronic health declaration checklist in order to receive a QR code for validation by the Bureau of Quarantine.

You should present a negative result of a RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to departure, or a negative rapid antigen test administered and certified by a healthcare professional in a healthcare facility, laboratory, clinic, pharmacy, or other similar establishment, taken within 24 hours of departure. Children aged three and below are exempt from testing requirements.

International transit is not permitted between Terminal 3, and Terminal 1 or 2. All travellers arriving at Terminal 3 must pass through Immigration and meet all Philippine arrival requirements.

Children under 15 years of age may need a Waiver of Exclusion Ground if they’re:

  • not accompanied by a parent
  • coming to meet a parent or parents in the Philippines

You should declare any:

  • local cash of more than PHP 50,000 to Bureau of Customs officers at the airport when you arrive or leave
  • amounts of more than $US10,000 or of the same value in a different foreign currency
  • this covers all forms of currency, not only cash.

Confirm requirements through your travel provider or nearest Philippine Embassy.

For more information, see the latest IATF Resolution.

Fully vaccinated travellers

Fully vaccinated travellers are no longer required to quarantine on arrival. However, you should monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and report any symptoms to local government.

Fully vaccinated Australians are permitted to enter the Philippines without a visa for a period of 30 days or less provided that you meet all of the requirements.

You must have the following proofs of vaccination against COVID-19, recognized under existing regulations by the Philippines Inter-Agency Task Force:

  • World Health Organization International Certificates of Vaccination and Prophylaxis; or
  • VaxCertPH; or
  • National/state digital certificate of the foreign government which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement unless otherwise permitted by the IATF. Australian-issued International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates meet current entry requirements.

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals must have an approved visa as well as a travel exemption. You may be refused entry without these. The Australian Embassy is not able to intervene in any decisions made by the Bureau of Immigration if you’re denied entry.

Children under 12 years of age are exempt from the requirement of full vaccination and providing proof of vaccination.

Unvaccinated individuals may be required to undergo COVID-19 (PCR) testing and facility-based and/or home quarantine.

You may be required to present evidence of pre-booked accommodation for the duration of your anticipated quarantine in an accredited quarantine hotel/facility at the Immigration counters. Those who fail to present evidence of pre-booked accommodation may be denied entry and will be boarded immediately on the next available flight.

You may need to cover the cost of COVID-19 testing and quarantine. Follow the Philippine Department of Tourism for the latest advice, including information on when an individual may be considered as fully vaccinated.

Staying in the Philippines

The Philippines has implemented a range of restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19. These apply throughout the Philippines and can change regularly. These may be different in each province and barangay.

For detailed advice refer to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF). The IATF publishes resolutions outlining the current quarantine levels and other specific restrictions. The Philippine COVID-19 website details what these levels mean for you.

Follow the Philippine Department of Tourism for advice on access to transport, food, accommodation and medication.

You must wear a face mask whenever you leave your accommodation. Face shields may be required in certain situations.

You should also:

  • take care to protect yourself from exposure to COVID-19
  • ensure you have arrangements in place for an extended stay if you need to stay in the Philippines
  • keep in contact with family and friends back home so they know you’re safe and well
  • buy essential supplies, including food, safe drinking water, medication and sanitation essentials
  • exercise good hygiene, practice social distancing and wear personal protective gear (mask and gloves).

Our ability to provide consular assistance may be limited if movement and other restrictions are re-introduced. Visit the Embassy website or Facebook page for more information and to subscribe to updates from the Embassy.

Each provincial area (Barangay) is managing and implementing their own quarantine measures. We recommend you contact your local Barangay or Local Government Unit. Seek their advice on whether you need travel passes, medical clearances, quarantine and negative COVID-19 tests to travel around.

Fully vaccinated individuals may be exempt from some of these measures. You may need to show proof you are fully vaccinated.

If you obtained your vaccination abroad, you may need your international vaccination evidence verified by the Bureau of Quarantine on arrival in the Philippines. Australian-issued International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates meet current entry requirements.

Departure from the Philippines

Several airlines are operating commercial flights with connections to Australia. Contact a travel agent or call airlines directly to explore all flight options available. Be prepared for delays, disruptions and cancellations.

Airlines and transiting country protocols may differ. It’s important that you check and fully understand the requirements of the airline you are travelling with. You should also check requirements for the country you are transiting through.

You must download and register an account in the Traze Contact Tracing mobile App before entry at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Manila Terminals.

You must also have current visas and exit paperwork to depart. You may need an Emigration Clearance Certificate (ECC) from the Philippines Bureau of Immigration before you leave the Philippines if you have stayed in the Philippines for more than six months. You’ll need to visit an immigration office in person to undertake biometrics. Allow enough time to complete the process at immigration office. For more information visit the Philippines Bureau of Immigration.

Children born in the Philippines who are leaving the country for the first time on a foreign passport will need an ECC.

You must pay any outstanding visa fees or fines or risk not being able to depart the country. You may be detained by the Philippine Government and subject to a lengthy deportation process.

You must have no outstanding legal issues or court cases. You need to contact the relevant court or the Bureau of Immigration to confirm that you do not have any travel restrictions (Hold Departure Order; Watchlist and Blacklist).

Check the Philippines Bureau of Immigration website for more detailed information or make an appointment to settle your visa issues.

Contact your local Barangay or Local Government Unit and seek their advice on whether travel passes, medical clearances, quarantine and negative COVID-19 tests are required in order for you to travel around or to the airport.

Depending on your Philippine visa type (such as those issued by the Philippine Department of Justice (DoJ), the Philippine Board of Investments (BoI), the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA) or the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA)), you may need to obtain a Travel Pass from the Department that issued your visa in order to leave the Philippines. If you hold an ECC issued by the Bureau of Immigration you may be exempt from this requirement.

If you’re leaving the Philippines from Mactan-Cebu or Clark International Airports, you need to pay a departure tax.

Confirm with local authorities if a travel pass and health check is necessary to travel to the airport.

If transiting through a third country, ensure you have completed any forms to transit that country. Ensure you have six months validity on your passport.

The wearing of masks is mandatory for all international and domestic flights to and within Australia.

Transiting through the Philippines

Transit restrictions may be in place. You should discuss options for transit with your airline or travel agent.

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