Philippines Travel Requirements: Open Destinations for Leisure Tourism and Restrictions

Philippines Travel Requirements: Open Destinations for Leisure Tourism and Restrictions

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Last updated: August 1, 2022

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. 



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Is the Philippines open for tourism?

International travelers:  Yes, the Philippines is open to all fully vaccinated international tourists. Fully-vaccinated foreigners from visa-required countries will not need an exemption document to enter the country but will still need to follow the immigration, visa, and testing procedures set by the government.

Starting May 30, 2022, travelers aged 18 and above will be exempted from the testing requirement as long as they can present proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination and at least one booster shot. Minors aged 12 to 17 are not required to have a booster shot and only need to present proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination. Children aged 11 and below are not required to be vaccinated, but they need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian who complies with their own entry requirements.

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. 

 

 

Can Foreigners Travel to the Philippines?

Yes, the Philippines is open to all fully vaccinated international tourists. Those from non-visa-required countries need to present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours of departure from the country of origin or a laboratory-based negative antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to departure from their port of origin. Fully-vaccinated foreigners from visa-required countries will not need an exemption document to enter the country, but will still need to follow the immigration, visa, and testing procedures set by the government.

However, beginning May 30, 2022, individuals aged 18 and above will be exempted from the testing requirement if they can present proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination and at least one booster shot. Children aged 12 to 17 need to present proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination, while those aged 11 and below are not required to be vaccinated, provided that they are traveling with a parent or guardian who has completed their own entry requirements.

Are foreigners allowed to enter the Philippines now?

Foreigners who are fully vaccinated are allowed to enter the Philippines. Fully-vaccinated foreigners coming from visa-required countries will be allowed entry, but they still need to comply with the immigration, visa, and testing requirements needed before their visit.

Starting May 30, 2022, adults who have completed their COVID-19 vaccination and have at least one booster shot will be exempted from the testing requirement. Children aged 12 to 17 only need to present proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination, while those aged 11 and below are not required to be tested and vaccinated, but they need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian who has complete entry requirements.

Is it safe to travel to the Philippines now?

In terms of health, the national government and the local government units have safety guidelines in place to lessen the spread of COVID-19. These include the wearing of face masks, social distancing, and the requirement of a negative COVID-19 test result and/or a vaccination card or certificate when crossing local borders. Following these rules will reduce your chances of contracting the disease.

Tourist spots are generally safe, but it’s always best to be alert, make sure all your belongings are secure, and be cautious when interacting with strangers.

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Are US citizens allowed to travel to the Philippines?

Yes, but only for those who are fully vaccinated. This is because the United States of America is one of the non-visa required countries.

What requirements are foreigners required to present to enter the Philippines?

Below are the following requirements for foreigners traveling to the Philippines:

Fully vaccinated foreign nationals of non-visa required countries 

  • Starting May 30, 2022, fully vaccinated adults with at least one booster shot are exempted from the testing requirements. Fully vaccinated children aged 12 to 17 will also be exempted from the requirement. 

  • Proof of their fully vaccinated status (and booster shot if applicable). The following are accepted:
    • An International Certificate of Vaccination (ICV) from the World Health Organization

    • A VaxCertPH digital vaccination certificate 

    • A national/state digital certificate of the foreign government where they were vaccinated, which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement.



 

Balikbayan

  • Must come from a non-visa required country under EO 408

  • Those traveling with their Filipino spouses and parents need to provide proof of filiation

  • Starting May 30, 2022, fully vaccinated adults with at least one booster shot are exempted from the testing requirements. Fully vaccinated children aged 12 to 17 will also be exempted from the requirement. 

  • Proof of their fully vaccinated status (and booster shot if applicable). The following are accepted:
    • An International Certificate of Vaccination (ICV) from the World Health Organization

    • A VaxCertPH digital vaccination certificate 

    • A national/state digital certificate of the foreign government where they were vaccinated, which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement.

  • Negative RT-PCR test result taken within 48 hours prior to departure from the origin country or a negative laboratory-based antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to departure from the origin country.

Foreign nationals with valid and existing visas

  • Valid visa and ACR I-Card

  • Starting May 30, 2022, fully vaccinated adults with at least one booster shot are exempted from the testing requirements. Fully vaccinated children aged 12 to 17 will also be exempted from the requirement.

  • Proof of their fully vaccinated status (and booster shot if applicable). The following are accepted:

    • An International Certificate of Vaccination (ICV) from the World Health Organization

    • A VaxCertPH digital vaccination certificate 

    • A national/state digital certificate of the foreign government where they were vaccinated, which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement.

  • Negative RT-PCR test result taken within 48 hours prior to departure from the origin country or a negative laboratory-based antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to departure from the origin country.

Green List Countries, Yellow List Countries, and Countries under the Philippine Travel Ban

Starting February 1, 2022, the classification of countries and territories under the Green, Yellow, and Red Lists have been suspended. Instead, all travelers must follow the new testing and quarantine protocols set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).

Requirements for fully vaccinated travelers

Fully vaccinated inbound travelers, regardless of country of origin, will no longer be required to undergo facility-based quarantine provided they can present proof of their fully vaccinated status. They can present an International Certificate of Vaccination (ICV) from the World Health Organization, a VaxCertPH digital vaccination certificate from vaxcert.doh.gov.ph, or a national/state digital certificate of the foreign government where they were vaccinated, which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement.

Starting May 30, 2022, adults who have completed their COVID-19 vaccination and have at least one booster shot will be exempted from the testing requirement. Children aged 12 to 17 are only required to present proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination, while those aged 11 only need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian who has complete entry requirements.

They will still need to self-monitor for symptoms for 7 days from their arrival. Should they have COVID-19 symptoms, they need to report it to the local government unit.

Requirements for unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers

Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated foreign nationals will not be allowed entry into the country except for the following cases:

  • Children below 18 years old

  • People medically unable to receive the vaccine as certified by a public health authority from their country of origin

  • Foreign diplomats and their dependents/9(e) visa holders

Requirements for children below 12 years old

Children below 12 years old who cannot be vaccinated will follow the protocols of their parents or accompanying guardian.

Is an International Certificate of Vaccination (ICV) required by the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) to enter the Philippines?

An International Certificate of Vaccination (ICV) is accepted as proof of a traveler’s fully vaccinated status, but other documents may also be accepted in its place. These include a VaxCertPH digital vaccination certificate or a national/state digital certificate of the foreign government where they were vaccinated, which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement.

How to get an ICV

ICVs are issued by the country where you got the vaccine. If you got your vaccines in the Philippines, you can get your ICV by booking an appointment via icv.boq.ph. It costs PHP300, and a PHP70 convenience fee will also be charged. Alternatively, you can apply for a vaccination certificate via vaxcert.doh.gov.ph to prove your fully vaccinated status when entering the Philippines.

What to Do Upon Arrival at a Philippine Airport

After you land in the Philippines, you need to follow the guidelines set by the IATF. These include wearing face masks and face shields, filling up a Case Investigation Form (CIF), and using the Traze Mobile App. For the complete requirements and procedures for each airport, check this arrival guide.

Is quarantine required for international travelers entering the Philippines?

Yes, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated international travelers are required to undergo facility-based quarantine for 6 days and will be released when they get a negative result from the RT-PCR test to be taken on the 5th day. They will also need to undergo home quarantine afterward until the 14th day from their arrival. The local government unit will be monitoring those under home quarantine.

Philippines Travel Requirements: Open Destinations for Leisure Tourism and Restrictions

However, unvaccinated and partially vaccinated foreign travelers will not be allowed entry except for children below 18 years old, people medically unable to receive the vaccine as certified by a public health authority from their country of origin, and foreign diplomats and their dependents/9(e) visa holders.

What To Do During the Stay at the Quarantine Hotel

From the airport, you need to go directly to your quarantine hotel. Wait for the confirmation of the schedule of your test. Should you exhibit symptoms before your scheduled test, you need to inform the hotel staff immediately so a medical officer can assess you. 

On the day of your test, present your passport and the other required documents. If your test results are negative, you will be released for home quarantine. However, if your test results are positive, you will be transferred to a hospital for treatment.

During your stay at your quarantine hotel, you won’t be allowed to leave your room, so make sure to pack your own entertainment and bring it along with you!

For more details, please check this arrival guide

Airlines Flying to the Philippines 

These airlines have flights to the Philippines:

  • Philippine Airlines - The flag carrier currently has flights from Australia, Canada (including Vancouver (YVR) to Manila), Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vietnam, and the USA, including Los Angeles (LAX) to Manila, San Francisco (SFO) to Manila, Hawaii (HNL) to Manila, and New York (JFK) to Manila routes.

  • All Nippon Airways (ANA) - The airline has flights from Japan.

  • AirAsia - The airline has flights from China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand.

  • Aseana Airlines -The airline has flights from South Korea.

  • Cebu Pacific - The airline has flights from Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and United Arab Emirates.

  • China Airlines - The airline has flights from Taiwan.

  • Emirates -  The airline has flights from the United Arab Emirates.

  • Etihad Airways - The airline has flights from the United Arab Emirates.

  • Japan Airlines - The airline has flights from Japan and the USA.

  • JetStar - The airline has flights from Singapore.

  • Korean Air - The airline has flights from South Korea and the USA.

  • Malaysia Airlines - The airline has flights from Malaysia.

  • Qatar Airways - The airline has flights from Qatar.

  • Singapore Airlines - The airline has flights from Singapore.

  • Thai Airways - The airline has flights from Germany, India, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Sweden, and Thailand.

  • Turkish Airlines - The airline has flights from Turkey.

Vaccines accepted in the Philippines

There are currently 8 COVID-19 vaccines which have Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Here is the list:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech 

  • AstraZeneca

  • Sinovac-Coronavac 

  • Sputnik V 

  • Janssen 

  • Covaxin

  • Moderna

  • Sinopharm

Which Philippine destinations don't have an RT-PCR test requirement for fully vaccinated travelers?

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If you are vaccinated can you travel without COVID test?

Yes, fully vaccinated travel is available in the Philippines, but not for all destinations. Several destinations in the Philippines have opened to fully vaccinated tourists, exempting them from the requirement of obtaining a negative RT-PCR or rapid COVID test for travel.

Here is the list of destinations fully vaccinated travelers may visit without having to undergo a COVID-19 test

Philippine destinations without covid test requirement

 

Destinations in Luzon without RT-PCR for fully vaccinated:

  • Abra

  • Albay

  • Baguio City

  • Bataan

  • Batanes

  • Batangas

  • Benguet

  • Bulacan

  • Cagayan

  • Camarines Norte

  • Camarines Sur

  • Cavite

  • Clark

  • Coron

  • El Nido

  • Ilocos Sur (including Vigan)

  • Isabela

  • La Union

  • Laguna

  • Masbate

  • Metro Manila

  • Nueva Ecija

  • Nueva Vizcaya

  • Occidental Mindoro

  • Oriental Mindoro

  • Pampanga

  • Pangasinan

  • Puerto Princesa

  • Rizal

  • Sagada

  • Subic Bay Freeport Area

  • Tagaytay

  • Tarlac

  • Zambales

Destinations in Visayas without RT-PCR for fully vaccinated:

  • Aklan

  • Biliran

  • Bohol

  • Boracay

  • Capiz

  • Cebu

  • Dumaguete City

  • Eastern Samar

  • Guimaras

  • Iloilo City

  • Iloilo Province

  • Leyte

  • Negros Occidental

  • Negros Oriental

  • Ormoc

  • Siquijor

  • Tacloban

Destinations in Mindanao without RT-PCR for fully vaccinated:

  • Bukidnon

  • Butuan City

  • Camiguin

  • Cotabato

  • Davao City

  • Davao de Oro

  • Davao del Norte

  • Davao del Sur

  • Davao Oriental

  • General Santos City

  • Misamis Occidental

  • Sarangani

  • Sultan Kudarat

  • Sulu

  • Surigao Del Norte

  • Surigao Del Sur

  • Tawi-Tawi

  • Zamboanga City

  • Zamboanga del Norte

  • Zamboanga del Sur

  • Zamboanga Sibugay

Will you be able to travel without COVID vaccine?

Yes. Some destinations in the Philippines only require travelers to present a government-issued ID to enter, but others still have a negative RT-PCR test or antigen test result as part of the requirements before you can board a domestic flight in the Philippines. Some destinations also require a mandatory quarantine for travelers, as well as a negative test result after a number of days in the destination.

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:

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:

  • Must not come from areas with the following quarantine classifications: ECQ, MECQ, or Alert Levels 4 and 5.

  • Fully vaccinated* individuals are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test. They should present a full-dose vaccination card or a certificate showing the holder’s vaccination status.

  • Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers must present a negative RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior to arrival

  • Children aged 17 and below are exempted from the vaccination and testing requirements provided they are traveling with a parent or guardian that is vaccinated or has tested negative for COVID-19.

  • Valid ID

  • Pre-booking at accredited hotels in Baguio

  • Register with visita.baguio.gov.ph at least a day prior to your trip. You will be issued a QR-coded tourist pass (QTP) after your hotel in Baguio City has been verified. You’ll need this QTP to enter the city. Note that limited individual registrations are allowed per day, and registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. 

  • Must pass the health screening at the triage upon arrival

  • 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 Batangas mountains and heritage sites like Taal Volcano and Taal Heritage Town. Some of the best Batangas tourist spots are the Batangas beaches and islands like Fortune Island and Laiya Beach.

Batangas Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Valid ID

  • Booking confirmation at Batangas resorts or hotels

  • Some municipalities may have additional requirements, so check with the LGU of your destination prior to your travel. You can check this post for more information.

 

 

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, which you can explore on one of the countryside tours

Bohol Island travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Fully vaccinated individuals* are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test result. They should instead present a Vaccination Certificate generated from vaxcert.doh.gov.ph. On October 30, it was announced that the province will also be temporarily accepting vaccination cards in lieu of the vaccination certificate. It will continue to do so until the DOH website (vaxcert.doh.gov.ph) is fully operational. 

  • For unvaccinated and partially vaccinated, a negative RT-PCR or saliva RT-PCR test result taken 3 days prior to travel. Children aged 11 and below are exempted from this requirement.

  • Valid ID

  • Pre-booking at DOT-accredited Bohol resorts or Bohol hotels

  • Read our Bohol 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

Bohol tour packages with airfare and hotel by Guide to the Philippines

 

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. Here you can enjoy banana boat riding, paraw sailing, and helmet diving.

Boracay Island travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Fully vaccinated* local and foreign tourists are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test result. Instead, they must present a vaccination certificate from vaxcert.doh.gov.ph, or a locally issued vaccination card with a QR code or contact details of the vaccination center, or an International Certificate of Vaccination (ICV) from the World Health Organization, or a vaccination certificate issued abroad.

  • Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers need to present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to travel.

  • Valid ID with proof of Philippine residency or a passport for foreigners and OFWs

  • Those traveling with children below 12 years old need to fill out a Certificate of Undertaking for Traveling with Minors from aklan.gov.ph.

  • Roundtrip plane tickets 

  • Pre-booking at DOT-accredited hotels and resorts in Boracay

  • Health declaration form at touristboracay.com

  • QR code (sent by LGU upon confirmation of health declaration form and other requirements)

  • Read our Boracay 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



Boracay tour packages with airfare and hotel by Guide to the Philippines

 

 

Cebu City

Also known as the Queen City of the South, Cebu City is believed to be the oldest city in the country and is home to historical and cultural tourist attractions including Magellan’s Cross and Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu. It is also where the famous Sinulog Festival takes place.

Cebu City travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Valid ID

  • Fully vaccinated individuals* are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test result. They should present a COVID-19 domestic vaccination card with a QR code that verifies their vaccination status or a vaccination certificate from vaxcert.doh.gov.ph.

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

  • Read our Cebu 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



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

  • Medical certificate indicating that the traveler does not exhibit symptoms of the COVID-19 disease at the point of origin. The medical certificate should be issued within 24 hours before arrival.

  • Fully vaccinated* individuals are exempted from presenting a medical certificate. They must instead present a vaccination card or certificate that shows their fully vaccinated status.

  • Read our Cebu travel guide for the travel requirements

Lapu-Lapu City travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Valid ID



Mandaue City travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Valid ID

  • 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.

  • Negative RT-PCR swab test result taken within 72 hours before arrival or a negative Antigen Test Result taken within 48 hours before 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.



 

 

Coron, Palawan Island

While Coron is separated from mainland Palawan, it has the same natural wonders the province is famous for, like stunning beaches, beautiful islands, and breathtaking limestone cliffs. It’s also known for its clear freshwater lakes and wreck diving spots.

Coron, Palawan Island travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Fully vaccinated individuals* are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test and must instead present a vaccination card as proof of their fully vaccinated status. 

  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers must present a negative RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours before their arrival. Those coming from within Palawan (except for Calamianes) can present a negative antigen test result taken 24 hours before their travel.

  • Children below 12 years old are exempted from the testing requirement only if they are traveling with a fully vaccinated parent or guardian.

  • Pre-booking in any of the DOT-accredited Coron hotels and resorts

  • Read our Coron 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



 

 

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:

    • Fully vaccinated* individuals are exempted from showing a negative COVID-19 test result but must present a vaccination certificate from vaxcert.doh.gov.ph or a vaccination card.

    • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers need to present a negative RT-PCR test result taken within 48 hours prior to arrival

    • For foreigners, an approved and updated One Health Pass

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

    • Registration and Travel Permit from s-pass.ph

  • For Palawan-based tourists:

    • Fully vaccinated* individuals are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test. They must instead present a vaccination certificate from vaxcert.doh.gov.ph or a vaccination card.

    • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers need to negative antigen test result taken within 24 hours prior to arrival.

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

    • Registration and Travel Permit from s-pass.ph

  • Children 11 years old and below shall follow the testing requirements of the parent or guardian traveling with them.

  • Read our El Nido guide for 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



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

  • Fully vaccinated* individuals who want to go on a staycation in Manila hotels are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test. They must instead present a vaccination card that shows their fully vaccinated status upon check-in. 

  • Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals who want to go on a staycation need to present a negative swab or saliva-based RT-PCR test result taken within 48 hours before they check-in.

  • Read our Manila guide for travel requirements


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*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

 


 

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. Its surrounding islands are best explored via a Siargao island hopping tour.

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

  • Fully vaccinated* individuals are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test and must instead present a vaccination certificate issued by the Department of Health or a domestic COVID-19 vaccination card issued by a legitimate vaccination establishment.

  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers must present a negative RT-PCR test result taken within 48 hours from arrival or a negative antigen test result taken 24 hours prior to arrival.

  • Valid ID

  • Children 17 years and below are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test.

  • Read our Siargao guide for the complete 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

Tagaytay City

Because of its stunning views of Taal Volcano and Taal Lake coupled with its cool weather and endless options for Tagaytay hotels, 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. You can learn more about the city's history and culture when you join Vigan tours. You may also head north to enjoy the tourist spots in Ilocos Norte to add to your Ilocos itinerary.

Vigan, Ilocos Sur travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Only fully vaccinated* individuals are allowed to enter for leisure purposes. They must present a valid vaccination card that shows their fully vaccinated status.

  • Valid ID

  • Pre-booking at DOT-accredited hotel in Vigan or with a DOT-accredited travel agent. Tourists are not allowed to stay in the private residences of their friends or family.

  • Read our Vigan 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

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: 

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:

  • Fully vaccinated* individuals are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test. They must instead present a vaccination card that proves their fully vaccinated status. 

  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers must present a negative antigen test result taken within 24 hours before arrival or a negative RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.

  • Valid ID

  • Registration via s-pass.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

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:

  • Fully vaccinated* asymptomatic individuals are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test. They must instead present their vaccination card that shows their fully vaccinated status.

  • For unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers, including children, a negative antigen test taken within 48 hours before arrival is required.

  • Note that symptomatic individuals will be turned over to the LGU of destination.

  • Some establishments and tourist spots in Albay might require you to register via Albay Get-Pass getpass.ph for contact tracing purposes.

  • Read our Legazpi 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

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:

  • Only fully vaccinated* individuals are allowed to enter Baler for leisure purposes. They need to show a vaccination certificate from vaxcert.doh.gov.ph or a valid vaccination card.

  • For those coming from areas under Alert Level 3, a negative antigen test taken within 72 hours before arriving in Baler is required. Valid ID

  • Pre-booking at any of the DOT-accredited Baler hotels and resorts

  • Children aged 12 and below may present a medical certificate instead of a vaccination card or certificate

*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

Banaue

Banaue is a municipality in the province of Ifugao. It is most famous for the Banaue Rice Terraces and Batad Rice Terraces, the latter being recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Banaue travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Only fully vaccinated* individuals aged 12 and above are allowed entry. They must show a valid vaccination card or certificate that proves their vaccination status.

  • Registration with the Banaue Municipal Tourism Office Facebook Page. You need a printout or electronic copy of your approved travel booking confirmation.

  • Pre-booking at Banaue hotels and resorts

  • Payment of the PhP50 environmental fee

  • The same requirements apply to minors aged 5 to 17. Children below 4 years old are strongly discouraged from traveling to Banaue.

  • Read our Banaue 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

Bataan Province

Bataan Province is rich in historical, cultural, and natural attractions. This destination is home to World War II sites,  bird watching sites, turtle sanctuaries, waterfalls, mountains, and more. It is the location of Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, the first heritage resort in the Philippines.

Bataan Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

*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

Batanes Province

Batanes is the the smallest and northernmost province in the Philippines. It boasts quaint lighthouses, rolling hills beautiful beaches, and stone houses. 

Batanes Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Only fully vaccinated* individuals are allowed to enter the province for tourism purposes. They must present a vaccination card or a vaccination certificate from vaxcert.doh.gov.ph to prove their vaccination status. Those ineligible for vaccination for whatever reason will not be exempted from this requirement.

  • Children below 5 years old will not be allowed entry

  • Pre-booking at any of the DOT-accredited Batanes hotels or resorts

  • All tours must be done with DOT-accredited tour operators. Do-it-yourself tours are not allowed.

  • Certificate of acceptance which will be issued upon submission of requirements to batanesacceptance@gmail.com

  • Upon arrival, all tourists who exhibit symptoms will undergo testing for COVID-19 for free, and if found positive shall be isolated in a government quarantine facility.

  • Mingling with locals who are not part of the tourist’s itinerary is strongly discouraged.

  • Read our Batanes 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

Benguet Province

Apart from Baguio City, Benguet is also home to Mount Pulag and its capital La Trinidad, which is famous for its strawberries and colorful hillside houses.

Benguet Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Fully vaccinated* individuals are allowed entry into the province and are not required to present a negative COVID-19 test. They instead must present a vaccination card to show their fully vaccinated status.

  • For unvaccinated children aged 12 to 17, a negative RT-PCR test result must be submitted.

  • Children aged 11 and below are not required to present a negative COVID-19 test.

  • Note that from January 14 to 31, 2022, La Trinidad is only open to local residents and tourists coming from areas under Alert Levels 1 or 2. Tourists coming from areas under Alert Level 3 and higher will not be allowed entry.

*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

Cagayan Province

Cagayan province is known for its natural attractions, including Palaui Island and Callao Cave. It is locted in the most northeastern area of the Luzon mainland.

Cagayan Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Fully vaccinated* individuals are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test result. They instead need to show a valid vaccination card that proves their vaccination status.

  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers must show a negative antigen result 

  • Fully vaccinated children aged 12 to 17 are allowed entry into the province but they must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult at all times. 

  • Registration with s-pass.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

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:

  • Fully vaccinated* individuals may just present their vaccination card or certificate to be allowed entry into the province

  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated individuals must report to the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office of the LGU of their 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

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:

  • Only fully vaccinated individuals are allowed to enter the province. They need to present their vaccinated card which proves their fully vaccinated status.

  • Valid ID

*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

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:

  • Valid ID

Ilocos Norte Province

Ilocos Norte is home to Laoag and Pagudpud, two must-visit places in the province. A trip to Ilocos Norte will allow you to check out Laoag tourist spots, which include historical spots like the Paoay Church, as well as the natural attractions of Pagudpud including Saud Beach. You may also visit Vigan in Ilocos Sur province with an Ilocos itinerary. Check our our list of the best Ilocos Norte Laoag hotels that you can stay in for your trip. 

Ilocos Norte Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Fully vaccinated* individuals are exempted from presenting a negative RT-PCR test result. They instead need to show a valid vaccination card that validates their vaccination status.

  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers must show a negative RT-PCR test result taken within 60 hours from arrival or a negative antigen test taken within 24 hours before arrival.
  • Children below 12 years old are not required to undergo testing provided that the parent or guardian they are traveling with is fully vaccinated.

  • Valid ID

*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

Isabela Province

Isabela is known for its Spanish era churches, but it is also home to natural attractions including Dicotcotan Beach and Dibulo Falls

Isabela 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:

  • Fully vaccinated* individuals from Alert Levels 1 and 2 are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test result. They must instead present their vaccination card that shows their fully vaccinated status

  • Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals and those coming from Alert Level 3, regardless of vaccination status, must show a negative RT-PCR test result taken within 3 days prior to arrival

  • Registration via NAPANAM

  • Children aged 11 and below are exempted from the testing requirements

  • Valid ID

  • Pre-booked arrangement from a DOT-accredited tour operator or La Union hotels and resorts

*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 



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



Masbate Province

The province of Masbate is home to stunning natural attractions like Ticao Island, Catandayagan Falls, and Palani White Beach. 

Masbate Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Fully vaccinated* individuals are not required to present a negative COVID-19 test. They only need to present their vaccination card or vaccination certificate from vaxcert.doh.gov.ph.

  • For unvaccinated and partially vaccinated individuals, a negative antigen test result is required

  • Children aged 12 and above must take a rapid antigen test upon arrival

  • Valid ID

*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 

Nueva Ecija Province 

Located in the Central Luzon region, the province of Nueva Ecija is home to Minalungao National Park and Pantabangan Lake.

Nueva Ecija Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Fully vaccinated* individuals are exempted from showing a negative COVID-19 test result and instead need to present a COVID-19 domestic vaccination card issued by a legitimate vaccinating establishment.

  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers must present a negative antigen test result.

*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

Nueva Vizcaya Province 

The landlocked province of Nueva Vizcaya shares Mount Pulag with Benguet and Ifugao. The province is also known for its Ammungan Festival.

Nueva Vizcaya Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Only fully vaccinated individuals* are allowed to enter the province for leisure purposes. They need to present a COVID-19 domestic vaccination card issued by a legitimate vaccinating establishment.

*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

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:

  • Fully vaccinated* domestic tourists 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.

  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated domestic tourists need to present a negative RT-PCR test result taken within 48 hours prior to arrival

  • Foreign tourists need to provide proof of their fully vaccinated status and a negative RT-PCR test result taken 48 hours before arrival in the province. They also need to provide outbound tickets to their next destination and a passport that is valid for at least 6 months.

  • Booking with a DOT-accredited accommodation establishment

  • When booking tours, book with DOT-accredited tour operators or coordinate with the Municipal Tourism Office of your destination. DIY tours are not allowed.

  • 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

  • Registration with StaySafe.ph

  • Valid ID

*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:

  • 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.

  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers need to present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to arrival in the province.

  • Children aged 11 and below may enter the province if they are traveling with a fully vaccinated parent or guardian.

  • Registration with s-pass.ph

  • Symptomatic individuals will not be allowed to cross the border and enter the province

*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

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



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:

  • Should the LGU of destination require a negative COVID-19 test result, fully vaccinated individuals* are exempted from this requirement. 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.

  • Some LGUs may require unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers to present a negative RT-PCR test result or a negative rapid antigen test result taken 48 hours prior to arrival.

  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers from areas under Alert Level 3 are not allowed to enter the province. The LGU of destination may also impose additional requirements on those coming from these areas.

  • Must not come from areas under Alert Level 4 or Alert Level 5

  • Valid ID

  • Registration with pangasinan.tarana.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

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:

*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



 

Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island

Puerto Princesa is most known for the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park or the Underground River. The river is a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Puerto Princesa travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Those coming from areas under Alert Level 1, regardless of vaccination status, are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test.

  • Travelers coming from areas under Alert Level 2 or higher, regardless of vaccination status, need to present a negative antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to their travel.

  • Pre-booking at any of the Puerto Princesa hotels and resorts

  • Return ticket

  • Valid ID

  • Read our Puerto Princesa 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:

  • Fully vaccinated* individuals are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test result. They must instead present a vaccination card or a vaccination certificate from vaxcert.doh.gov.ph to prove their vaccination status.

  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers need to present a negative antigen test result taken within 48 hours before arriving in the province.

  • Registration with s-pass.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

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



Sagada

Sagada has continued to attract travelers thanks to its many unique tourist attractions, which include its Hanging Coffins and Mount Kiltepan’s sea of clouds.

Sagada travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Fully vaccinated* individuals are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test. They instead need to present a vaccination card or certificate showing their fully vaccinated status.

  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers need to present a negative antigen test taken within 24 hours before arrival in Sagada

  • Children aged 11 years old and below are exempted from the above requirements provided they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

  • Pre-booking of at least one night at any of the DOT-accredited and LGU-certified Sagada hotels or resorts

  • Registration with umali-kayo.sagada.gov.ph at least two days before arrival

  • Read our Sagada 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

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:

  • Fully vaccinated* individuals are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test. They instead need to present a vaccination card or a vaccination certificate from vaxcert.doh.gov.ph to prove their vaccination status.

  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated individuals coming from outside the province need to present a negative RT-PCR test result taken 72 hours prior to arrival. 

  • Fully vaccinated individuals coming from Palawan are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test result. They must instead show a vaccination card or a vaccination certificate from vaxcert.doh.gov.ph to prove their vaccination status. 

  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated individuals coming from Palawan need to present a negative antigen test result taken within 24 hours prior to their arrival. 

  • All tourists coming from outside Palawan, regardless of their vaccination status, also need to register with s-pass.ph

  • Valid ID

  • Read our San Vicente guide for 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

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:

  • Only fully vaccinated individuals* are allowed to enter the province for leisure purposes. They need to present a COVID-19 domestic vaccination card issued by a legitimate vaccinating establishment.

  • Valid ID

  • Registration with 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

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 Bay Freeport Area travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Valid ID

  • Those who are coming from a higher quarantine status or alert level and are over 65 years of age, have comorbidities, or are pregnant must be fully vaccinated*. 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:

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:

  • Fully vaccinated* individuals are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test result. They must present a vaccination certificate from vaxcert.doh.gov.ph or a vaccination card.

  • Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers need to present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to travel.

  • Children aged 17 and below who are traveling with fully vaccinated parents or guardians are exempted from the vaccination and testing requirements.

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

  • Valid ID

*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 Visayas Destinations Open for Domestic Travelers

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 its cultural and natural attractions, as well as its annual Ati-Atihan Festival.

Aklan Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Fully vaccinated* local and foreign tourists are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test result. Instead, they must present a vaccination certificate from vaxcert.doh.gov.ph, or a locally issued vaccination card with a QR code or contact details of the vaccination center, or an International Certificate of Vaccination (ICV) from the World Health Organization, or a vaccination certificate issued abroad.

  • Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers need to present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to travel.

  • Valid ID with proof of Philippine residency or a passport for foreigners and OFWs

  • Those traveling with children below 12 years old need to fill out a Certificate of Undertaking for Traveling with Minors from aklan.gov.ph.

  • Roundtrip plane tickets 

  • Pre-booking at DOT-accredited hotels and resorts in Aklan

  • Health declaration form at touristboracay.com

  • QR code (sent by LGU upon confirmation of health declaration form and other 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

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:

  • Only fully vaccinated* individuals are allowed to enter Antique for leisure purposes. They must present their COVID-19 vaccination card or vaccination certificate to prove their fully vaccinated status. 

  • Those who are ineligible for a COVID-19 vaccine may enter, provided they can present a medical certificate to prove their non-eligibility.

  • Valid ID

  • Pre-booking at DOT-accredited hotels and resorts in Antique

  • Registration with 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 

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:

  • Fully vaccinated* individuals are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test. They must instead present a vaccination certificate from vaxcert.doh.gov.ph or a vaccination card.

  • For unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers, a negative antigen test result taken within 48 hours before their arrival is required.

  • Registration with bactrac.bacolodcity.gov.ph

  • Valid ID

*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



Biliran Island

The island province of Biliran is located in the Eastern Visayas region and is known for its natural attractions including the Sampao Rice Terraces and Napusoan Falls.

Biliran Island requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Only fully vaccinated* asymptomatic travelers are allowed to enter Biliran Island. They need to present a COVID-19 vaccination certificate from vaxcert.doh.gov.ph or a vaccination card issued by their LGU to prove their fully vaccinated status.

  • A Biliran QR code from register.securebiliran.net

*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

Capiz Province

The province of Capiz is known as the Seafood Capital of the Philippines, thanks to its 80-KM coastline. Its capital Roxas City is home to the Manuel Roxas Shrine and the Roxas Cathedral.

Capiz travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Fully vaccinated* individuals are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test. They must instead present a vaccination certificate from vaxcert.doh.gov.ph, a vaccination card issued by the Capiz Provincial Government, or a vaccination card certified by the local government unit that issued it.

  • Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers must present a negative RT-PCR test result taken within 3 days prior to arrival. Children below 3 years old are exempted from this requirement.
  • Valid ID

*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

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, which is one of the most famous Dumaguete tourist spots.

Dumaguete City travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Valid ID

  • Fully vaccinated* individuals are not required to present a negative COVID-19 test. They only need to present their vaccination card with certification issued by the local vaccination center or vaccination certificate from vaxcert.doh.gov.ph and a photocopy of the traveler’s vaccination card or the vaccination certificate from vaxcert.doh.gov.ph along with their valid ID and contact information on one page

  • For unvaccinated and partially vaccinated individuals, a negative antigen test result taken within 48 hours prior to arrival is required. They also need a photocopy of the traveler’s test result, valid ID, and contact information on one page 

  • Read our Dumaguete 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

 

 

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

  • Fully vaccinated* individuals are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test result. They should instead present a vaccination card or certificate to prove their fully vaccinated status.

  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers need to show a negative RT-PCR test result

  • An application with s-pass.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

Guimaras Island

This island province located in the Western Visayas region is known for its beautiful beaches and its religious sites which include Navalas Church and Balaan Bukid Shrine.

Guimaras Island Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Tourists coming from outside Western Visayas must be fully vaccinated* and need to present a vaccination card or a vaccination certificate to prove their fully vaccinated status, as well as a filled-out health declaration form.
  • Travelers coming from within Western Visasayas who are fully vaccinated* are exempted from presenting a health declaration form but must present a vaccination card or a vaccination certificate to prove their fully vaccinated status.
  • Tourists coming from within Western Visasayas who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated may still enter the island provided they have a filled-out health declaration form.
  • Valid ID

*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

Iloilo City

The capital of Iloilo Province, Iloilo City is known for its Dinagyang Festival, which happens every January. You can also visit other tourist attractions, including Molo Church and the Iloilo River Esplanade

Iloilo City travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Fully vaccinated* individuals are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test, but they must present a vaccination certificate from vaxcert.doh.gov.ph or a vaccination card issued by their LGU. Those vaccinated abroad must present a vaccination card issued by a competent foreign authority.

  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated individuals need to provide a negative RT-PCR test result issued not later than 72 hours before the date of travel.

  • Valid ID

  • Read our Iloilo 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

Iloilo Province

Iloilo, a province located in the Western Visayas Region, is well-known for its heritage churches, pilgrimage sites, delicious cuisine, and natural tourist spots. It is also home to a popular island-hopping destination called Islas de Gigantes.

Iloilo Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Fully vaccinated* individuals are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test result. They should instead present a vaccination certificate to prove their fully vaccinated status.

  • For unvaccinated and partially vaccinated individuals, a negative RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior to arrival is required. They also need to secure a Notice of Coordination from the city or municipality of their destination. Children 5 years old and below are exempted from this requirement.

  • Valid ID

  • Read our Iloilo guide for the travel requirements



Leyte Province

Leyte is located in the Eastern Visayas Region, and many travelers flock to it for its tourist spots which include Kalanggaman Island and Lake Danao National Park.

Leyte 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:

  • Fully vaccinated* individuals are not required to present a negative COVID-19 test. They only need to present their vaccination card with certification issued by the local vaccination center or vaccination certificate from vaxcert.doh.gov.ph.

  • For unvaccinated and partially vaccinated individuals, a negative antigen test result taken within 48 hours before arrival is required. Travelers arriving via the province’s seaports and airport can also avail of the free antigen test upon arrival at the province.

*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

Negros Oriental Province

Negros Oriental is located in the Central Visayas region. Apart from its capital, the city of Dumaguete, the province is also known for Apo Island, a protected marine reserve that has become a popular diving and snorkeling spot.

Negros Oriental Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Valid ID

  • Fully vaccinated* individuals are not required to present a negative COVID-19 test. They only need to present their vaccination card with certification issued by the local vaccination center or vaccination certificate from vaxcert.doh.gov.ph and a photocopy of the traveler’s vaccination card or the vaccination certificate from vaxcert.doh.gov.ph along with their valid ID and contact information on one page

  • For unvaccinated and partially vaccinated individuals, a negative antigen test result taken within 48 hours prior to arrival is required. They also need a photocopy of the traveler’s test result, valid ID, and contact information on one page

*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

Northern Samar Province

Northern Samar is known for the geologic rock formations that can be found in Biri Island as well as the pink sand beach of Sila Island.

Northern Samar Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Valid ID

  • Acceptance letter

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

  • Negative RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior to arrival or a negative antigen certification by a licensed medical professional 

  • 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.

  • Ormoc QR code which travelers can get via safeormoc.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

Romblon Province

Romblon is known as the Marble Capital of the Philippines as it is one of the biggest producers of marble in the country.  Tourists often visit the province to see its stunning unspoiled beaches, including Bon Bon Beach and Tiamban Beach.

Romblon province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Only fully vaccinated* travelers are allowed to enter the province for leisure. They need to present a vaccination certificate or card that proves their fully vaccinated status.

  • A negative antigen test result taken within 24 hours from arrival

  • Registration with s-pass.ph

  • Acceptance letter from the LGU of destination

  • Unvaccinated minors must undergo quarantine with a parent or guardian.

*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

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:

  • Fully vaccinated* individuals are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test result. They must submit a COVID-19 vaccination card issued by a legitimate vaccinating establishment.

  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers need to present a negative RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours from the departure from the port of origin.

  • Pre-booking with any of the DOT-accredited Siquijor hotels and resorts

  • Valid ID

  • Travel Coordination Permit from s-pass.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

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:

  • Fully vaccinated* individuals are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test result. They instead need to present a COVID-19 vaccination card or certificate that shows their vaccination status.

  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated individuals need to present a negative RT-PCR test result taken 72 hours prior to departure or a negative antigen test result taken 24 hours prior to departure.

  • Children aged 11 years old and below may enter provided they are traveling with a fully vaccinated parent or guardian.

  • Valid ID

Other Mindanao Destinations Open for Domestic Travelers

There are a lot of Mindanao tourist spots to explore. Check out these destinations that are also open to domestic tourists: 

Bukidnon Province

Known as the food basket of Mindanao, Bukidnon is a major producer of rice and sugarcane. It is famous for its natural attractions, including Mount Kitanglad and Mindamora Falls.

Bukidnon Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Fully vaccinated* individuals are exempted from presenting a negative RT-PCR test result provided they can present a complete COVID-19 vaccination card or certificate.

  • Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers must secure a negative RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours before their arrival. 

  • Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated minors are not required to present a negative COVID-19 test provided they are traveling with a fully vaccinated parent or guardian.

  • Valid ID

*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

Butuan City

Butuan is an urbanized city in the CARAGA region of the Philippines. It is home to multiple heritage sites, mountains, eco-parks, and natural attractions like Agusan River and Bunawan Eco Park.

Butuan City travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • For those coming from outside the CARAGA region, only fully vaccinated* individuals are allowed to enter Butuan City for leisure purposes. Children 5 years old and below are exempted from this requirement provided they are traveling with a parent or guardian who is fully vaccinated.

  • Those who have a medical condition that prevents them from being vaccinated may enter provided they present a signed medical certificate indicating their condition and a negative RT-PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to departure from the point of origin.

  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated children aged 5 years old to 17 years old are exempted from the vaccination requirement but must present a negative antigen or RT-PCR test result taken 72 hours prior to their departure from the point of origin.

  • Valid ID

*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

Cagayan de Oro City

Cagayan de Oro is the capital of Misamis Oriental province. It is also known as “The City of Golden Friendship” and is home to some of the best whitewater rafting experiences in the country, one of the best rainy season activities in the Philippines

Cagayan de Oro City travel requirements for leisure travelers:

Camiguin Island

Camiguin Island is located in the Northern Mindanao region which is famous for its many natural attractions, including White Island, Mantigue Island, and Tuasan Falls. It’s also known for its Lanzones, and every October, the province holds the Lanzones Festival.

Camiguin Island travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Only fully vaccinated individuals* are allowed to enter Camiguin for leisure purposes. No negative COVID-19 test result is required to enter but a vaccination card or certificate showing the traveler’s fully vaccinated status is needed.

  • All minors must be accompanied by fully vaccinated adults. Children aged 12 to 17 years old must be partially vaccinated, while children aged 11 and below are not required to be vaccinated.
  • Pre-booking at LGU-accredited hotels and resorts in Camiguin

  • Visit cleancamiguinqr.com, fill out the Health Declaration Form, and upload the other requirements. You will be given an ID with a QR code that you need to print out.

  • Those staying more than 5 days must take an antigen test on their 5th day in the province.

  • Read our Camiguin 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

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:

  • Fully vaccinated individuals* are exempted from presenting a negative RT-PCR test result provided they can present a complete COVID-19 vaccination card or certificate.

  • Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers must secure a negative RT-PCR test result taken within 3 days prior to 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

Davao City

Davao City is the most populous city in Mindanao and is home to Eden Nature Park and the Philippine Eagle Center.

Davao City travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • No documents are needed to enter Davao City except for those that will be needed for security checks, such as a valid ID. This is valid for all travelers regardless of their vaccination status.



Davao Region

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 de Oro travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Valid ID

Davao del Norte travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Valid ID

  • Those visiting Samal Island need to be fully vaccinated* and must be able to present a vaccination card to prove their fully vaccinated status.



Davao del Sur travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Valid ID

Davao Occidental travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Fully vaccinated* individuals are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test. They instead need to present a vaccination certificate from vaxcert.doh.gov.ph

  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated individuals need to present a negative RT-PCR or antigen test result taken within 48 hours prior to travel.

  • Valid ID

Davao Oriental travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Fully vaccinated* individuals are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test but must be able to present a vaccination card to prove their fully vaccinated status.

  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated individuals need to present a negative antigen result taken 72 hours prior to arrival in the province.

  • Children aged below 5 years old must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent or guardian

  • Valid ID

*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

Read our Davao travel guide for the travel requirements

General Santos City

Located in the Soccsksargen Region, General Santos City is known for its tuna. You can visit the city’s Fish Port Complex for fresh tuna or even attend the Tuna Festival in September.

General Santos City travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Fully vaccinated* individuals are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test and from undergoing quarantine. They must present proof of their fully vaccinated status like a vaccination certificate or card.

  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers above the age of 12 need to present a negative RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior to their arrival. 

  • Valid ID

*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

  • Fully vaccinated individuals* are exempted from showing a negative COVID-19 test result and instead need to present a COVID-19 domestic vaccination card issued by a legitimate vaccinating establishment.

  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers must present a negative antigen test result taken 72 hours from their arrival.

  • Minors are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test result if they are traveling with a parent or guardian who is fully vaccinated.

*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

Misamis Oriental Province

Misamis Oriental is famous for its many natural attractions including Mapawa Nature Park. Its capital Cagayan de Oro is known as “The City of Golden Friendship.” 

Misamis Oriental Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Fully vaccinated individuals* are exempted from showing a negative COVID-19 test result and instead need to present a COVID-19 domestic vaccination card issued by a legitimate vaccinating establishment.

  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers must present a negative RT-PCR test result taken 72 hours from their 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

Sarangani Province

The province of Sarangani is full of natural attractions including Gumasa Beach, Nalus Falls, and Pinol Cave.

Sarangani Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Fully vaccinated individuals* are exempted from showing a negative COVID-19 test result and instead need to present a COVID-19 domestic vaccination card issued by a legitimate vaccinating establishment.

  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers must present a negative RT-PCR test result.

*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 under Alert Level 3 or higher are required to present a vaccination card proving their fully vaccinated* status. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers need to present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to 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

Sultan Kudarat Province (including Tacurong City)

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:

  • Fully vaccinated* individuals are allowed to enter Sultan Kudarat province. They must present a vaccination card or certificate that proves their fully vaccinated status. 

  • Valid ID

  • COVID-19 Contact Tracing System card

*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

Sulu Province

Sulu Province is part of the Sulu Archipelago in Mindanao and is home to Bangas Island and the Walled City in Jolo.

Sulu Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Valid ID

  • Fully vaccinated* individuals are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test and instead must present a vaccination card that proves their fully vaccinated status.

  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers need to secure a negative RT-PCR test result.

*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

Surigao del Sur Province 

Surigao del Sur is home to many natural attractions including the Enchanted River and the Britania Group of Islands. You can also visit religious spots like San Agustin Parish Church and San Nicholas de Tolentino Cathedral.

Surigao del Sur Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Fully vaccinated* individuals are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test and must instead present a vaccination certificate issued by the Department of Health or a domestic COVID-19 vaccination card issued by a legitimate vaccination establishment.

  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers must present a negative RT-PCR test result taken within 48 hours from arrival. 

  • Valid ID

*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

Tawi-Tawi Province

Tawi-Tawi is home to the longest sandbar in the Philippines, located in Panampangan Island. Tourists should also check out Bud Bongao Peak and the Sama Dilaut and Tausug Stilt Houses in Sitangkai.

Tawi-Tawi Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Fully vaccinated* individuals are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test result. They must instead present their vaccination card that shows their fully vaccinated status.

  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers must present a negative RT-PCR test result.

  • Children below 12 years old are exempted from the testing requirement provided they are traveling with a fully vaccinated parent or guardian.

*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

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 and the colorful Regatta de Zamboanga vinta race in the Philippines.

Zamboanga City travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Only fully vaccinated tourists are allowed to enter the city for leisure purposes. They need to present their vaccination card as proof of their vaccination status.

  • Children below 18 are not required to present a negative COVID-19 test, provided they are traveling with a fully vaccinated parent or guardian.

  • Note that all inbound tourists, including children, may be subjected to random antigen testing at the border.

  • Valid ID

  • Registration via s-pass.ph

  • Travel itinerary

  • Pre-booking with any of the DOT-accredited Zamboanga hotels or resorts

  • Roundtrip ticket

  • All requirements must also be emailed to destinozamboanga@gmail.com.

  • Read our Zamboanga City 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

Zamboanga del Norte (including Dipolog City)

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:

  • Fully vaccinated* individuals need to present their vaccination card that shows their vaccination status. 

  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers need to present a negative antigen test result taken within 5 days prior to arrival. They also need a travel coordination permit or TCP from s-pass.ph.

  • Children aged 11 years old and below are exempted from the testing requirement.

  • Valid ID

*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

Zamboanga del Sur

Visiting Zamboanga del Sur will give you the chance to visit its top tourist attractions which include Puting Balas Sandbar and Pulacan Falls.

Zamboanga del Sur travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Fully vaccinated* individuals are exempted from showing a negative COVID-19 test result and instead need to present a COVID-19 domestic vaccination card issued by a legitimate vaccinating establishment.

  • Those coming from areas under Alert Level 3 must be fully vaccinated. They need to present a COVID-19 domestic vaccination card issued by a legitimate vaccinating establishment and a negative antigen result taken within 48 hours prior to arrival or a negative RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours before arrival.

  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers must present a negative antigen result taken within 48 hours prior to arrival or a negative RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours before arrival.

  • Valid ID

*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

Zamboanga Sibugay

The province of Zamboanga Sibugay is located in the Zamboanga Peninsula in Mindanao and is known for tourist spots like Buluan Island and Malagandis Falls.

Zamboanga Sibugay travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Fully vaccinated* individuals are exempted from showing a negative COVID-19 test result and instead need to present a COVID-19 domestic vaccination card issued by a legitimate vaccinating establishment.

  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers must present a negative RT-PCR test result.

  • Registration via s-pass.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

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.