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Philippines Travel Requirements: Open Destinations for Leisure Tourism and Restrictions

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Last updated: July 21, 2021

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has heavily affected the tourism industry. Leisure tourism is opening up in the Philippines but travel restrictions have been put in place to control the further spread of the virus.

For those who want to travel to the re-opened destinations and top tourist spots in the Philippines, we’ve collected the information you need to plan your vacation in the new normal. Read on to find out which Philippine destinations are open for leisure travel, what are their travel requirements and other restrictions and guidelines imposed by the national and local government units. 

Is the Philippines open for tourism?

International travelers: No

Leisure tourism of international travelers or foreign citizens outside the Philippines is not yet allowed. International flights or inbound travel to the Philippines are limited to essential travel only for eligible passengers

Domestic travelers: Yes (to re-opened destinations only and with restrictions)

Traveling within the Philippines is allowed for domestic tourists but is limited to select destinations and with restrictions. Some destinations only allow leisure travel for local residents. 

Which Top Philippine Destinations Have Opened for Domestic Travelers?

Here is a list of the top destinations in the Philippines that are now accepting domestic travelers including fully vaccinated individuals. Take note of their travel requirements for entry:

Where to Travel: Map of Reopened destinations in the Philippines

Baguio City

Baguio, located in Benguet of Northern Luzon, is a popular weekend getaway because of its cold climate. Also known as The City of Pines, it is home to family-friendly parks, cultural villages, and outdoor recreational sites like Camp John Hay.



Baguio City travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Negative RT-PCR / Antigen / Saliva Test Result at least 72 hours prior to arrival. Tourists can also get an Antigen test (PHP350 for residents, PHP500 for non-residents/tourists) upon arrival at the Central Triage – Baguio Convention Center. 

  • Fully vaccinated individuals* are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test result. They should present a full-dose vaccination card or certificate showing the vaccinating establishment, or a Certificate of Quarantine Completion showing the holder’s vaccination status.

  • Valid ID

  • QR-coded tourist pass (QTP) registered at https://visita.baguio.gov.ph/ 

  • Read our Baguio travel guide for the travel requirements

*A fully vaccinated individual is someone who has more than or equal to 2 weeks after having received the second dose in a 2-dose vaccine; or more than or equal to 2 weeks after having received a single-dose vaccine

Batangas Province

Batangas is a popular destination near Manila famous for its mountains and heritage sites like Taal Volcano and Taal Heritage Town. It is also known for its beaches and islands like Fortune Island and Laiya Beach.

Batangas Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

Boracay Island

Boracay Island is known for being home to one of the best beaches in the Philippines and the world. Its powdery white sands and clear blue waters in the 4 KM White Beach is a popular destination for both local and international travelers. 

Boracay Island travel requirements for leisure travelers:

Bohol Island

Bohol is an island province in the Central Visayas region famous for its natural attractions, such as the geological formations of Chocolate Hills

Bohol Island travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    Cebu Province

    The island province of Cebu is well-known for its cultural and natural landmarks, pristine beaches, and unique experiences like Monad Shoal thresher shark diving in Malapascua, Badian canyoneering to Kawasan Falls, and sardine run in Moalboal.

    Cebu Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Valid ID

    • Roundtrip plane tickets

    • Filled-out Cebu public health passenger locator form

    • Medical certificate

    • Proof of pre-booking at accredited Cebu Province hotels or resorts

    • For travelers from Bohol, Negros Oriental, and Negros Occidental: Negative RT-PCR or saliva RT-PCR test result taken 3 days prior to travel or a negative rapid antigen test result taken at least 48 hours prior to arrival

    • Manila to Cebu Province travel requirements DO NOT include RT-PCR test

    • Read our Cebu travel guide for the travel requirements

    Cebu City travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    •  A Negative RT-PCR test result taken 3 days prior to arrival

    • Travel Coordination Permit (TCP) or a Travel Pass-Thru Permit (TPP) via s-pass.ph 

    Lapu-Lapu City travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • No requirements needed for travelers who do not exhibit symptoms

    Mandaue City travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Pre-booking at Mandaue City hotels or resorts

    • Travel itinerary

    • Documents must be submitted to the City Tourism Office via tourism@mandauecity.gov.ph and mandaue_tourism@yahoo.com.ph

    El Nido, Palawan Island

    Thanks to its pristine beaches, clear turquoise waters, and limestone cliffs, El Nido is known as one of the best island destinations in the world. A popular activity among travelers is exploring its islands and lagoons via an island-hopping tour.

    El Nido, Palawan Island travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • For tourists coming from outside Palawan:

      • Negative RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior to arrival

      • Government-issued ID with a permanent address

      • Pre-booking at DOT-accredited El Nido hotels and resorts

      • Roundtrip flight tickets

      • Tourist QT ID from elnidotourism.ph

      • Registration with s-pass.ph

    • For Palawan-based tourists:

      • Negative antigen test result taken within 24 hours prior to arrival

      • Proof of Palawan residency (e.g. a government-issued ID with a Palawan address or a school ID from any school in Palawan)

      • Pre-booking at DOT-accredited El Nido hotels and resorts

      • Tourist QT ID from elnidotourism.ph

    • For travelers from outside Palawan who have stayed in other areas in Palawan:

      • Negative antigen test result taken within 24 hours prior to arrival

      • Government-issued ID with a permanent address

      • Pre-booking at DOT-accredited El Nido hotels and resorts

      • Tourist QT ID from elnidotourism.ph

    • Read our El Nido guide for travel requirements

    Metro Manila

    Metro Manila is the National Capital Region of the country. In Manila, the capital city, you’ll find Rizal Park (commonly known as Luneta) and the walled district of Intramuros.

    Metro Manila travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Valid ID


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    Surigao del Norte Province (including Siargao)

    Surigao del Norte is famous for Siargao Island, a tear-drop-shaped island that is known for being one of the top Philippines surfing spots. You can find here white sand beaches with turquoise waters and big waves in surf spots like Cloud 9. 

    Surigao del Norte Province and Siargao travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Valid ID

    • Negative Result of RT-PCR Test or COVID-19 Saliva Test taken within 48 hours from arrival

    • Tourists staying more than five days are required to undergo an antigen test at their own cost on the fifth day.

    • Pre-booking for at least 2 nights at DOT-accredited Siargao resorts or hotels

    • All travel requirements must be emailed prior to departure to the Provincial Tourism Office via sdntourism@gmail.com

    • Read our Siargao guide for the complete travel requirements

    Tagaytay City

    Because of its stunning views of Taal Volcano and Taal Lake coupled with its cool weather, Tagaytay City in Cavite province is a popular weekend destination for those living in nearby areas.

    Tagaytay City travel requirements for leisure travelers:



    Vigan, Ilocos Sur

    Vigan City in Ilocos Sur is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is known for its Spanish colonial era buildings and cobblestone streets.

    Vigan, Ilocos Sur travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Valid ID

    • A travel pass from ilocossur.tarana.ph

    • Pre-booking at DOT-accredited hotel in Vigan or with a DOT-accredited travel agent

    • Negative RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior to arrival for those coming from ECQ, MECQ, and GCQ areas

    • Negative RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior to arrival or a negative antigen test result taken within 24 hours before arrival for those coming from MGCQ areas

    • Read our Vigan travel guide for the travel requirements

    Other Luzon Destinations Open for Domestic Travelers

    Check out some of the other re-opened Luzon tourist spots in this list to explore beyond the popular destinations like Baguio and Batangas: 

    Albay Province (including Legazpi City)

    Albay, a province in Bicol, is the home of Mayon Volcano, an active stratovolcano known for its perfect cone shape. This province is also home to natural sites, churches, islands and beaches, and more.

    Albay Province (including Legazpi City) travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Negative RT-PCR / Antigen / Saliva Test Result at least 3 days prior to arrival

    • Registration via Albay Get-Pass https://www.getpass.ph/ for contact tracing purposes

    Abra Province

    Abra is a landlocked province in the Cordillera Administrative Region of the Philippines. It is famous for its waterfalls, caves, and other natural sites like the 206 KM Abra River.

    Abra Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Negative RT-PCR test result taken within 14 days

    • Acceptance letter from Local Government Unit (LGU) of destination

    • Valid identification card

    • Travel Coordination Permit (TCP) and Travel Pass-Through Permit (TPP) via S-Pass.

    Baler

    Baler is a popular surfing town in the Philippines. Aside from being home to the surf spot called Sabang Beach, you can also find here the biggest Balete tree in Asia at the Balete Park and Millenium Tree.

    Baler travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Negative RT-PCR test result taken within 3 days prior to arrival

    • Valid ID

    • Acceptance letter from the respective barangay



    Camarines Norte Province

    Camarines Norte in the Bicol region is a province known for its pristine beaches, islands, and waterfalls. It is home to Calaguas Islands, a group of islands and islets featuring powdery white sand and clear waters.

    Camarines Norte Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Open to domestic tourists from GCQ and MGCQ areas with negative rapid antigen test result taken within 3 days prior to arrival

    • Cam Norte travel pass https://www.camnortetravelpass.com/ 

    • Confirmed booking reservation from DOT-accredited Camarines Norte hotels and resorts

    Camarines Sur Province

    Camarines Sur in the Bicol region is a province known for its island-hopping destinations and watersports. Caramoan Islands, which is famous for its secluded white sand beaches and coves, is located in this province.

    Camarines Sur Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    •  Open to domestic tourists from GCQ and MGCQ areas with negative RT-PCR test result taken within 3 days prior to arrival

    • Naga City: Additional requirement of ESalvar QR code https://esalvar.com/

    Cavite Province

    Cavite is a province in the Calabarzon Region known for its historical and cultural attractions. It is home to the Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine and Museum, where the Philippine Declaration of Independence was declared. 

    Cavite Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Valid ID



    Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga

    Clark, Pampanga is located in Central Luzon, Philippines. Aside from being home to Clark International Airport, it is home to well-known cultural landscapes and natural attractions like the Clark Museum and Puning Hot Spring.

    Clark Freeport Zone travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Registration with staysafe.ph

    • Compliance with minimum public health standards during their stay in the province

    Laguna Province

    The province of Laguna is known for Pagsanjan Falls and Mount Makiling, but it also has heritage sites like the town of Pila. It’s located around 40KM south of Manila.

    Laguna Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Valid ID



    La Union

    La Union, also known as the Surfing Capital of the North, is famous for being a laid-back surfing destination. Aside from Urbiztondo Beach, where numerous surfing activities and lessons are held, the province also offers a diverse set of attractions like Tangadan Falls and Poro Point & Lighthouse.

    La Union travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Negative RT-PCR test result taken within 3 days prior to arrival

    • QR-coded tourist pass via S-Pass https://www.s-pass.ph/ 

    • Valid ID

    • Pre-booked arrangement from a DOT-accredited tour operator




    Occidental Mindoro Province

    Occidental Mindoro is located in the western half of the island of Mindoro. Apo Reef, the world’s second-largest contiguous coral reef, can be found in the waters of the province.

    Occidental Mindoro Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Negative RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior to arrival

    • Prior coordination with the LGU of destination via s-pass.ph at least 72 hours before arrival

    • A Travel Coordination Permit or TCP which will be given after S-Pass registration is approved

    • Fully vaccinated individuals* are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test result. They should present a COVID-19 domestic vaccination card issued by a legitimate vaccinating establishment or a Certificate of Quarantine Completion showing the holder’s vaccination status.

    • All travelers are required to undergo a health assessment upon arrival at the province. Those found to be symptomatic, regardless of vaccination status, will undergo mandatory quarantine in a facility located in the LGU of destination.

    *A fully vaccinated individual is someone who has more than or equal to 2 weeks after having received the second dose in a 2-dose vaccine; or more than or equal to 2 weeks after having received a single-dose vaccine

    Oriental Mindoro Province

    Oriental Mindoro is located in the eastern section of Mindoro Island. The province is famous for its pristine beaches and beautiful waterfalls. The province also serves as the jump-off point for those who want to visit the majestic Mt. Halcon.

    Oriental Mindoro Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Negative RT-PCR test result 

    • Registration with s-pass.ph

    Pampanga Province

    Pampanga in Central Luzon is known as the Culinary Capital of the Philippines. One of the most famous Filipino foods that originated in Pampanga is sisig, which is made from chopped pork liver, cheeks, and ears. Pampanga is also known for its colorful festival called the Giant Lantern Festival held during Christmas season. 

    Pampanga Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Valid ID

    • Compliance with minimum public health standards during their stay in the province.



    Pangasinan Province

    Pangasinan is located in the Ilocos Region of Luzon and is famous for its Hundred Islands, which is made up of 124 beautiful islets dotting Lingayen Gulf. The province has several beaches, too, as well as waterfalls and caves.

    Pangasinan Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Must not come from areas under ECQ or MECQ

    • Valid ID

    • Negative RT-PCR test result 48 hours prior to arrival

    • Registration with pangasinan.tarana.ph and s-pass.ph

     

    Puerto Galera

    Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro is famous for its white-sand beaches and unique dive sites. Visitors can also visit Tamaraw Falls, twin falls that are about 3 floors high.

    Puerto Galera travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Negative RT-PCR test result 

    • Registration with s-pass.ph

    • Tourists who are symptomatic upon arrival will not be allowed entry

    • Fully vaccinated individuals* are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test result. They should present a COVID-19 domestic vaccination card issued by a legitimate vaccinating establishment or a Certificate of Quarantine Completion showing the holder’s vaccination status.

    • Read our Puerto Galera travel guide for the travel requirements

    *A fully vaccinated individual is someone who has more than or equal to 2 weeks after having received the second dose in a 2-dose vaccine; or more than or equal to 2 weeks after having received a single-dose vaccine

    Quirino Province

    A landlocked province in  Cagayan Valley, Quirino is known for its many waterfalls and caves including Maddela Falls and Aglipay Caves.

    Quirino Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Negative RT-PCR or negative rapid antigen test result taken within 48 hours prior to arrival

    Quezon Province

    Quezon Province is known for its colorful Pahiyas Festival. Travelers also frequent it for its beaches and mountains including Borawan Beach and Mt. Banahaw, the highest mountain in the region.

    Quezon Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    Rizal Province

    Rizal is one of the go-to destinations for those in the nearby destinations looking for a quick getaway. Here you can explore the Masungi Georeserve and the Pinto Art Museum. 

    Rizal Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Valid ID



    San Vicente, Palawan Island

    San Vicente is located in the northwestern area of Palawan and is known for Long Beach. At 14.7KM, it is the longest beach in the Philippines and the second-longest in Southeast Asia.

    San Vicente, Palawan Island travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Negative RT-PCR test result taken 48 hours prior to arrival (for domestic tourists). Negative antigen test result taken 24 hours prior to arrival (for Palawan-based tourists)

    • Valid ID

    • Proof of reservation at DOT-accredited San Vicente resorts or hotels 

    • Registration with sanvicentepalawan.gov.ph/tourism/

    • Coordination with the Tourism Office via 0917 854 5581 or 0999 400 1454

    • Roundtrip plane tickets

    • Registration with s-pass.ph

    • A negative antigen test result on the 7th day of stay

    Sorsogon Province

    The southernmost province in mainland Luzon, Sorsogon boasts of many natural wonders including Subic Beach. Nature lovers will also enjoy a visit to Bulusan Volcano Natural Park. 

    Sorsogon Province requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Valid ID

    • Negative RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior to arrival or negative swab antigen test result taken within 24 hours before arrival

    • Registration with StaySafe.ph

    Subic, Zambales

    Subic is a municipality of Zambales and lies northwest of Manila. Many travelers go to the Subic Bay Freeport Area where they can visit a zoo, an aquarium, and a forest trail.

    Subic travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Valid ID

    • Negative RT-PCR test result for those staying more than four days

    • Fully vaccinated individuals* are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test result. They should present a COVID-19 domestic vaccination card issued by a legitimate vaccinating establishment or a Certificate of Quarantine Completion showing the holder’s vaccination status.

    *A fully vaccinated individual is someone who has more than or equal to 2 weeks after having received the second dose in a 2-dose vaccine; or more than or equal to 2 weeks after having received a single-dose vaccine



    Tarlac Province

    This landlocked province in Central Luzon is known for Mt. Pinatubo, parts of which you can explore with the help of 4x4 vehicles.

    Tarlac Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Valid ID

    • Registration with pgtravelpass.com

    • Negative RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours from arrival for those coming from Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal

    • Medical Certificate for those coming from places not mentioned above

    Zambales Province

    Located in the Central Luzon region, Zambales is known for its many coves and beaches, including Anawangin Cove, Nagsasa Cove, and Capones Island.

    Zambales Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Registration with visita.zambales.gov.ph

    • QR-Coded Travelers pass (which you will receive after registration)

    • Pre-booking with DOT-accredited Zambales resorts or hotels

    • Negative RT-PCR test result taken within 48 hours prior to arrival for those staying more than 24 hours and coming from areas that are under GCQ and MGCQ.

    • Fully vaccinated individuals (the province defines this as those who have had their 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least a month prior) staying more than 24 hours and coming from areas that are under GCQ and MGCQ need to present a negative rapid antigen test result taken within 24 hours prior to arrival.

    Other Visayas Destinations Open for Domestic Travelers

    Aside from the famous Boracay, Bohol, and Cebu, check out other must-see Visayas tourist spots in these re-opened destinations: 

    Aklan Province

    Aklan, a province in the Western Visayas Region, is famous for Boracay Island, a vacation spot among locals and international travelers. The province is also known for their cultural and natural attractions, as well as their annual Ati-Atihan Festival.

    Aklan Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Negative RT-PCR / Antigen / Saliva Test Result at least 3 days prior to arrival

    • S-Pass registration through https://spass.ph/ 

    • A QR code that may be obtained by registering with touristboracay.com (choose Aklan)

    Antique Province

    Antique, a province in the Western Visayas Region, is blessed with natural resources. It is famous for its weaving sites, forests, mountains, beaches, and the Kawa Hot Bath in Tibiao.

    Antique Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Negative RT-PCR / Antigen / Saliva Test Result at least 3 days prior to arrival

    • Valid ID

    • Acceptance letter from the receiving LGU

    • Registration through https://staysafe.ph/ 

    Bacolod City

    Bacolod, a city located in Negros Occidental, is popular for its cultural attractions, local cuisine, and ancestral homes. Also known as the City of Smiles, it is home to the colorful festival in the Philippines called MassKara Festival.

    Bacolod City travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Negative RT-PCR test result taken within 3 days prior to arrival

    • Online BaCTrac registration

    • Online health declaration

    • Approved travel coordination permit

    • Registration in S-Pass https://www.s-pass.ph/ and StaySafe https://www.staysafe.ph/

    Dumaguete City

    Dumaguete, The City of Gentle People, is a laid-back destination in Negros Oriental. The city is not only rich in history, but also in marine life as it is the gateway to Apo Island, a 24-hectare marine sanctuary.

    Dumaguete City travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Negative RT-PCR or saliva RT-PCR test result 3 days prior to travel

    • Fully vaccinated individuals* are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test result. Instead, they must present their vaccination cards as well as submit a Non-Reactive Antigen Test Result taken within 48 hours prior to entry to the province.

    • Acceptance letter from corresponding LGU

    • Valid ID

    • Register via s-pass.ph

    • Complete requirements and registration at https://registerdumaguete.com

    *A fully vaccinated individual is someone who has more than or equal to 2 weeks after having received the second dose in a 2-dose vaccine; or more than or equal to 2 weeks after having received a single-dose vaccine

    Eastern Samar Province

    Eastern Samar is known for Homonhon Island,  where the explorer Ferdinand Magellan is thought to have first landed. Tourists also visit it for its nature parks and surf spots.

    Eastern Samar Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Valid ID

    Negros Occidental Province

    Negros Occidental is known as the Sugarbowl of the Philippines as it produces over half of the country’s sugar. In Talisay City you’ll find The Ruins, the remains of an ancestral mansion of the family of a sugarcane baron.

    Negros Occidental Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Travelers shall undergo mandatory and free RT-PCR testing upon arrival, and will be quarantined until their negative test results are confirmed

    • Fully vaccinated individuals* are exempted from the mandatory RT-PCR testing upon arrival. They should present a COVID-19 domestic vaccination card issued by a legitimate vaccinating establishment or a Certificate of Quarantine Completion showing the holder’s vaccination status.

    • Registration with s-pass.ph and StaySafe.ph

    *A fully vaccinated individual is someone who has more than or equal to 2 weeks after having received the second dose in a 2-dose vaccine; or more than or equal to 2 weeks after having received a single-dose vaccine

    Ormoc City

    This port city in Leyte in Eastern Visayas is the province’s largest. One of its most popular attractions is Lake Danao, a lake that is shaped like a guitar and is volcanic in origin.

    Ormoc City travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Valid ID

    • Ormoc QR code which travelers can get via safeormoc.com

    • A body temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius or lower

    Siquijor Island

    Siquijor is an island province located in Central Visayas. Many people believe the island to be enchanted and one of its top attractions is a centuries-old Balete tree and the natural spring that flows beneath it.

    Siquijor Island travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Valid ID

    • Registration with s-pass.ph

    • Negative RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior to arrival or negative antigen test result taken within 48 hours prior to arrival

    • Booking confirmation from DOT-accredited Siquijor resorts or hotels

    • Travel Coordination Permit 

    • QR Code for entry to the province

    • Tourists will be required to undergo a rapid antigen test upon arrival and will only be allowed to proceed to their accommodation after testing negative. 

    • Tourists staying more than 72 hours are required to have a repeat rapid antigen test.

    Tacloban City

    Located in Eastern Visayas, Tacloban City is home to the Sto. Nino Shrine and Heritage Museum, where you can see artworks and artifacts dating back from the Marcos era.

    Tacloban City travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Valid ID

    • An acceptance letter that can be obtained via baliktacloban.tacloban.gov.ph

    • For those coming from high-risk areas, a negative RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours from arrival or a negative antigen test

    • Fully vaccinated individuals* are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test result. They should present a COVID-19 domestic vaccination card issued by a legitimate vaccinating establishment or a Certificate of Quarantine Completion showing the holder’s vaccination status.

    *A fully vaccinated individual is someone who has more than or equal to 2 weeks after having received the second dose in a 2-dose vaccine; or more than or equal to 2 weeks after having received a single-dose vaccine

    Other Mindanao Destinations Open for Domestic Travelers

    There are more Mindanao tourist spots to explore aside from the famous island of Siargao. Check our these destinations that are also open to domestic tourists: 

    Cotabato City 

    Cotabato City, located in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, is full of waterfalls, lakes, and other natural attractions. 

    Cotabato City travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Negative RT-PCR test result taken within 3 days prior to arrival

    • Letter of Acceptance issued by the CDRRMO after confirmation by the barangay

    • Mandatory 14-day quarantine upon assessment of authorized medical personnel

    Davao Province

    Davao, the Crown Jewel of Mindanao, is blessed with natural attractions. It is the home to the Philippine Eagle Center (sanctuary of the National Bird of the Philippines) the pristine Samal Island, and Mount Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines. 

    Davao Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    Dipolog City

    Dipolog City is the capital of Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines. Known as the Gateway to Western Mindanao, it is famous for its ecotourism parks, churches, and attractions with sunset views like the Dipolog Sunset Boulevard.

    Dipolog City travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Negative RT-PCR test result taken 5 days before arrival

    • Valid identification card

    • Letter of acceptance from the LGU of destination

    • Staysafe.ph registration and mobile application https://www.staysafe.ph

    • Fully vaccinated individuals* are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test result. They should present a COVID-19 domestic vaccination card issued by a legitimate vaccinating establishment or a Certificate of Quarantine Completion showing the holder’s vaccination status.

    *A fully vaccinated individual is someone who has more than or equal to 2 weeks after having received the second dose in a 2-dose vaccine; or more than or equal to 2 weeks after having received a single-dose vaccine

    Lanao Del Norte Province

    Lanao del Norte can be found in the Northern Mindanao region. It’s famous for its natural attractions, including Tinago Falls and Maria Cristina Falls.

    Lanao del Norte Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Valid ID

    • Travel itinerary or booking confirmation

    • Negative RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior to arrival if coming from a high-risk area based on the IATF declaration

    • Entry permit from the local municipal government if staying more than 7 days

    • Travelers may be denied entry if they have symptoms

    Misamis Occidental Province

    Located in the Northern Mindanao region, Misamis Occidental is famous for its beaches, seafood, and one of the most popular tourist spots in the province, Sapang Dalaga Falls.

    Misamis Occidental Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Valid ID

    • Registration with s-pass.ph

    • Travelers coming from areas in Metro Manila, Cebu Province, and other DOH-declared hot spots shall undergo mandatory rapid antigen testing upon their arrival at Ozamiz Airport. Passengers may also present a negative RT-PCR test result taken 72 hours from their arrival at the airport.

    • Travelers whose point of entry is through Laguindingan, Pagadian, or Dipolog Airports or Cagayan and Dapitan seaports are required to present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to their arrival.

    • Fully vaccinated individuals* are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test result. They should present a COVID-19 domestic vaccination card issued by a legitimate vaccinating establishment or a Certificate of Quarantine Completion showing the holder’s vaccination status.

    *A fully vaccinated individual is someone who has more than or equal to 2 weeks after having received the second dose in a 2-dose vaccine; or more than or equal to 2 weeks after having received a single-dose vaccine

    South Cotabato Province

    South Cotabato is located in Southern Mindanao and is known for its T’nalak Festival which is held in July to celebrate the anniversary of the province.

    South Cotabato Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Valid ID

    • Registration with s-pass.ph

    • Travelers coming from areas with a high number of  COVID-19 cases and or a higher quarantine status are required to undergo a 7-day quarantine and an RT-PCR test on the 5th day.

    Sultan Kudarat Province

    The province of Sultan Kudarat is located in the southwestern portion of Mindanao. It is known as one of the top producers of coffee in the Philippines and for its many caves that you can explore.

    Sultan Kudarat Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Valid ID

    • Registration with s-pass.ph

    • Negative RT-PCR test result taken within 96 hours from arrival for those coming from areas with high cases of COVID-19

    Zamboanga City

    Known as the City of Flowers, Zamboanga City is host to what is arguably one of the biggest Flores de Mayo (Flowers of May, a flower festival) celebrations in the Philippines.

    Zamboanga City travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Registration with s-pass.ph

    • Negative RT-PCR test result taken within 5 days prior to arrival

    • Travel itinerary

    • Confirmed booking with DOT-accredited Zamboanga hotels and resorts

    • Roundtrip plane tickets

    • Leisure travelers must email their requirements to destinozamboanga@gmail.com

     

    Zamboanga del Norte

    Zamboanga del Norte is known for Dakak Park and Beach Resort, which boasts of a white-sand beach 800 meters long. 

    Zamboanga del Norte travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Negative RT-PCR test result taken within 5 days prior to arrival

    • Valid ID

    • Letter of Acceptance from the LGU of destination

    • 14 days quarantine

    • Fully vaccinated individuals* are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test result. They should present a COVID-19 domestic vaccination card issued by a legitimate vaccinating establishment or a Certificate of Quarantine Completion showing the holder’s vaccination status. They are however, still required to undergo 14 days of quarantine or a shortened 7-day quarantine after a negative antigen test result taken upon arrival.

    *A fully vaccinated individual is someone who has more than or equal to 2 weeks after having received the second dose in a 2-dose vaccine; or more than or equal to 2 weeks after having received a single-dose vaccine

    Which Philippine Destinations are Open for Residents Only?

    • Apayao

    • Bataan

    • Benguet

    • Biliran

    • Bukidnon

    • Butuan City

    • Cagayan

    • Cagayan De Oro

    • Camiguin

    • Capiz

    • Coron, Palawan

    • Davao City

    • Dinagat Islands

    • General Santos City

    • Guimaras

    • Ifugao

    • Iloilo

    • Isabela

    • Lanao del Sur

    • Laoag, Ilocos Norte

    • Leyte

    • Masbate

    • Misamis Oriental

    • Negros Oriental

    • Northern Samar

    • Nueva Ecija

    • Nueva Vizcaya

    • Puerto Princesa, Palawan

    • Romblon

    • Sagada

    • Sarangani

    • Surigao del Sur

    • Tacurong City

    • Tawi-Tawi

    • Zamboanga del Sur

    • Zamboanga Sibugay

    Who are allowed to travel under the different Community Quarantine tiers in the Philippines?

    The national government in the Philippines, through the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), has imposed tiers of quarantine (community quarantine) per region which are also the basis for which industries and activities are allowed to open/operate. 

    Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ)

    • Health and emergency frontline service personnel

    • Government officials and frontline personnel

    • Humanitarian assistance actors (HAA) with authorization

    • Persons traveling for medical/humanitarian reasons

    • Persons going to the airport for travel abroad

    • Repatriated Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) and Overseas Filipinos (OF) returning to their residence

    • Other persons transported through the efforts of the national government.

    • Priests, Pastors, Imams, or other religious ministers conducting necrological services

    • Immediate family members of the deceased (from non-COVID causes) attending the wake

    • Individuals who are working in veterinary clinics

    • Individuals who are working as security personnel in operational industries

    • Persons who will report to work for industries that are allowed to operate

    • Persons who need emergency medical aid or assistance

    • Persons with quarantine passes who will get essentials like food and medicine

    Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ)

    • Health and emergency frontline service personnel

    • Government officials and frontline personnel

    • Humanitarian assistance actors (HAA) with authorization

    • Persons traveling for medical/humanitarian reasons

    • Persons going to the airport for travel abroad

    • Repatriated Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) and Overseas Filipinos (OF) returning to their residence

    • Other persons transported through the efforts of the national government.

    • Priests, Pastors, Imams, or other religious ministers conducting necrological services

    • Immediate family members of the deceased (from non-COVID causes) attending the wake

    • Individuals who are working in veterinary clinics

    • Individuals who are working as security personnel in operational industries

    • Persons who will report to work for industries that are allowed to operate

    • Persons who need emergency medical aid or assistance

    • Persons with quarantine passes who will get essentials like food and medicine

    General Community Quarantine (GCQ)

    • Health and emergency frontline service personnel

    • Government officials and frontline personnel

    • Humanitarian assistance actors (HAA) with authorization

    • Persons traveling for medical/humanitarian reasons

    • Persons going to the airport for travel abroad

    • Repatriated Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) and Overseas Filipinos (OF) returning to their residence

    • Other persons transported through the efforts of the national government.

    • Priests, Pastors, Imams, or other religious ministers conducting necrological services

    • Immediate family members of the deceased (from non-COVID causes) attending the wake

    • Individuals who are working in veterinary clinics

    • Individuals who are working as security personnel in operational industries

    • Persons who will report to work for industries that are allowed to operate

    • Persons who need emergency medical aid or assistance

    • Persons who will get or buy essentials like food and medicine

    • People traveling within the country with a secured Travel Authority document

    • Individuals attending important gatherings with 10 or fewer people

    • Individuals traveling to places under GQC and areas not under quarantine, except for leisure purposes

    • Students going to school once face-to-face classes are allowed

    Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ)

    • Movement for people in areas under MGCQ with the enforcement of required minimum health standards

    • Resumption of all work in the private and public sectors at full capacity with the enforcement of required minimum health standards

    • Public transportation with the enforcement of required minimum health standards

    • Use of private vehicles, motorcycles, and bicycles 

    • Resumption of all flights will resume with the enforcement of required minimum health standards.

    • Work operations in government offices with the enforcement of required minimum health standards

    • Normal physical classes in schools with the enforcement of required minimum health standards

    • Gatherings (including religious gatherings) of up to 10 people with the enforcement of required minimum health standards

    Tips for Traveling in the Philippines during COVID-19

    Tourists on White Beach, Boracay Island

    Traveling during a pandemic can be challenging because of the travel requirements and restrictions imposed. Here are some helpful tips you can take note of when traveling in the Philippines during COVID-19: 

    1. Prepare your documents in advance based on the travel requirements of your destination's local government. 

    2. Pre-book your DOT-accredited hotel or resort or book Philippines package deals that include accommodations, flights, and transfers. 

    3. Not all local destinations have government-arranged transfers to/from the airport. You can book private transfers to/from the airport in advance. 

    4. Pre-book tours and activities with DOT-accredited tour operators only.