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Philippines Travel Requirements: Open Destinations for Leisure Tourism and Restrictions

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Last updated: October 23, 2021

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

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

Is the Philippines open for tourism?

International travelers: No

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



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

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

Can Foreigners Travel to the Philippines?

No, foreigners are not allowed to enter the Philippines, except for those traveling for essential purposes and those who are traveling with a Filipino spouse or parent. Those under the exception will be allowed entry if they can present the required supporting documents.

Are Foreigners Allowed to Enter the Philippines Now?

No. Currently, only the following foreigners are allowed to enter the Philippines:

  • Balikbayans under RA 6768 - This is limited to nationals from non-visa required countries under EO 408 and former Filipinos and those traveling with a Filipino or former Filipino spouse or parent. 

  • Foreign nationals with valid and existing visas - Those with a 9(a) visa are required to present an entry exception document from the country’s foreign post abroad.

Are US citizens allowed to travel to the Philippines?

No. Only US citizens who are Balikbayans or traveling with a Filipino or former Filipino spouse or parent are allowed to travel to the Philippines. Those with valid and existing visas are also allowed. 

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

Travel to the Philippines without a visa is restricted. Below are the following requirements for foreigners traveling to the Philippines:

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

Foreign nationals with valid and existing visas

  • Valid visa and ACR I-Card

  • Those with a 9(a) visa are required to present an entry exception document from the country’s foreign post abroad

All inbound travelers are also required to undergo quarantine at an accredited quarantine hotel or facility. The length of the quarantine depends on which classification their origin of country is in and the traveler's vaccination status, but each traveler must present a confirmed booking as part of the requirements for entry.



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

The IATF has adopted three classifications for all countries and territories.

  • Green countries - Those that are classified as having a low risk for COVID-19 infections. 

  • Yellow countries - Those that are classified as having a moderate risk for COVID-19 infections

  • Red countries - Those that are classified as having a high risk for COVID-19 infections. 

Countries under the Green List

Those coming from green countries and are fully vaccinated need to undergo a 6-day quarantine in a government-approved facility upon arrival in the Philippines. They need to have an RT-PCR test on their 5th day of quarantine. Four days of home quarantine must also be done immediately after.

Unvaccinated travelers from green list countries need to undergo 8 days of quarantine in a government-approved facility upon arrival in the Philippines. They need to take an RT-PCR test on the 7th day, and an additional 6 days of home quarantine after their facility-based quarantine.

There are currently 49 countries and territories on the list (effective October 16 to 31):

  • Algeria

  • American Samoa

  • Bhutan

  • Burkina Faso

  • Cameroon

  • Cayman Islands

  • Chad

  • China (Mainland)

  • Comoros

  • Republic of the Congo

  • Cook Islands

  • Eritrea

  • Falkland Islands (Malvinas)

  • Gibraltar

  • Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region of China)

  • Kiribati

  • Madagascar

  • Mali

  • Marshall Islands

  • Federated States of Micronesia

  • Montserrat

  • Nauru

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Niger

  • Niue

  • North Korea

  • Northern Mariana Islands

  • Palau

  • Poland

  • Saba (Special Municipality of the Kingdom of the Netherlands)

  • Saint Helena

  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon

  • Samoa

  • Sierra Leone

  • Sint Eustatius

  • Solomon Islands

  • Sudan

  • Syria

  • Taiwan

  • Tajikistan

  • Tanzania

  • Tokelau

  • Tonga

  • Turkmenistan

  • Tuvalu

  • Uzbekistan

  • Vanuatu

  • Yemen

To check the updated list, visit the Bureau of Immigration’s website.

Countries under the Yellow List

Those coming from yellow countries and are fully vaccinated need to undergo a 6-day quarantine in a government-approved facility upon arrival in the Philippines. They need to have an RT-PCR test on their 5th day of quarantine. Four days of home quarantine must also be done immediately after.

Unvaccinated travelers from yellow list countries need to undergo 8 days of quarantine in a government-approved facility upon arrival in the Philippines. They need to take an RT-PCR test on the 7th day, and an additional 6 days of home quarantine after their facility-based quarantine.



Countries that are neither in the green nor red list are considered part of the yellow list.

Countries under the Red List

There is a Philippine travel ban to those coming from the countries included in the Red List. The only exceptions are Filipinos returning to the Philippines via government and non-government repatriation and bayahinan flights. 

There is one territory on the red list:

  • Bermuda

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. Depending on the traveler's vaccination status, they must quarantine at a government-approved hotel or facility for at least 6 days and continue their quarantine at home for at least 4 days.

Table on the number of quarantine days in the Philippines for fully vaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers



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! Guide to the Philippines has Manila hotel quarantine packages with airfare from US and Canada that come with free virtual guided tours and interactive activities like the Intramuros Tour, Palawan Tour, Cordillera Tour, Filipino Language Class, Baybayin Class, Kapampangan Cooking Class, and Juan Luna Mystery Game.

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 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:

Batangas Province

Batangas is a popular destination near Manila famous for its mountains and heritage sites like Taal Volcano and Taal Heritage Town. Some of the best Batangas tourist spots are its 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

Bohol Island 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

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. 

Boracay Island travel requirements for leisure travelers:

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

Cebu Province

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

Cebu Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Valid ID

  • Roundtrip plane tickets

  • Filled-out Cebu public health passenger locator form

  • Medical certificate 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.

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

  • Read our Cebu travel guide for the travel requirements

Cebu City travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Negative RT-PCR swab test result taken within 72 hours before arrival 
  • Travel Coordination Permit (TCP) or a Travel Pass-Thru Permit (TPP) via s-pass.ph 

Lapu-Lapu City travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Valid ID

Mandaue City travel requirements for leisure travelers:

  • Negative RT-PCR swab test result taken within 72 hours before arrival or a negative Antigen Test Result taken within 48 hours before arrival
  • Fully vaccinated individuals* are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test result. They should present a COVID-19 domestic vaccination card issued by a legitimate vaccinating establishment or a Certificate of Quarantine Completion showing the holder’s vaccination status.
  • Pre-booking at Mandaue City hotels or resorts
  • Travel itinerary
  • Documents must be submitted to the City Tourism Office via tourism@mandauecity.gov.ph and mandaue_tourism@yahoo.com.ph

*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:

  • Only fully vaccinated individuals* are allowed to enter Coron for leisure purposes, and a vaccination card showing the traveler’s fully vaccinated status is required.

  • Negative RT-PCR test result taken within 48 hours from arrival for non-residents of Palawan

  • Negative antigen test result taken within 24 hours from arrival for Palawan residents

  • Approved travel application from s-pass.ph

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

  • 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:

    • For Palawan-based tourists:

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

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

      • Tourist QT ID from elnidotourism.ph

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

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

      • Government-issued ID with a permanent address

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

      • Tourist QT ID from elnidotourism.ph

    • Read our El Nido guide for travel requirements

    Metro Manila

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

    Metro Manila travel requirements for leisure travelers:


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    Surigao del Norte Province (including Siargao)

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

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

     

    Tagaytay City

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

    Tagaytay City travel requirements for leisure travelers:



    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: 

    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:

    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 visitors aged 5 to 65 years old will be allowed entry for leisure purposes. Those with immunodeficiency, comorbidity, or other health risks, and pregnant women are prohibited from entering.

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

    • Valid ID

    • Children aged 5 to 10 must be accompanied by their parents and must have a medical certificate indicating that they are in good medical condition and have no history of COVID-19 symptoms for the last 14 days.

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

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

    • Tourists passing through Canili Control Point shall be allowed entry 1 hour prior to their scheduled check-in. Those passing through Calaocan Control Point shall be allowed entry 2 hours prior to their scheduled check-in.

    • All tourists must book a trained local tour guide with the Municipal Tourism Office. Tourists will be provided a set of tour itineraries to choose from.

    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:

     

    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:

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

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

    Ifugao Province

    Ifugao is a landlocked province in the Cordillera Administrative Region. It is home to the Banaue Rice Terraces.

    Ifugao Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • A health declaration form to be filled up upon arrival at the border

    • Valid ID

    • A medical certificate issued by the Bureau of Quarantine or the Department of Health

    • Vaccination card (fully vaccinated or partially vaccinated)

    • Negative RT-PCR test result or negative antigen test result

    • Proof of purpose of travel in Ifugao

    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.

    Ilocos Norte Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Registration at ilocosnorte.ph

    • Valid ID

    • Pre-booking with DOT-accredited Ilocos Norte hotels or resorts

    • QR code from safepass.asia

    • Negative RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours from arrival or negative antigen test taken within 24 hours upon arrival or negative antigen test taken upon arrival

    Laguna Province

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

    Laguna Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Valid ID



    La Union

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

    La Union travel requirements for leisure travelers:

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

    • Approved Tara Na Visita Travel Request and QR Code from tarana.ph

    • Valid ID

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




    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:

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

    Occidental Mindoro Province

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

    Occidental Mindoro Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

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

    • 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.

    • 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

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

    Oriental Mindoro Province

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

    Oriental Mindoro Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Negative RT-PCR swab test result taken within 24 hours before arrival

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

    • 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

    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

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

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



    Pangasinan Province

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

    Pangasinan Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Must not come from areas under ECQ or MECQ

    • Valid ID

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

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

    • Registration with pangasinan.tarana.ph and 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

    Puerto Galera

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

    Puerto Galera travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Negative RT-PCR test result 

    • Registration with s-pass.ph

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

    • Fully vaccinated individuals* are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test result. They should present a COVID-19 domestic vaccination card issued by a legitimate vaccinating establishment or a Certificate of Quarantine Completion showing the holder’s vaccination status. Do note that accommodation establishments have the prerogative to require a negative RT-PCR swab test result for those who are fully vaccinated.

    • Read our Puerto Galera travel guide for the travel requirements

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

    Quirino Province

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

    Quirino Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

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

    Quezon Province

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

    Quezon Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    Rizal Province

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

    Rizal Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Valid ID



    San Vicente, Palawan Island

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

    San Vicente, Palawan Island travel requirements for leisure travelers:

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

    • Palawan-based tourists who are fully vaccinated* do not need to present a negative antigen test result but must show a valid and complete vaccination card or a certification of complete vaccination from a local health office.

    • Valid ID

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

    • Registration with sanvicentepalawan.gov.ph/tourism/

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

    • Roundtrip plane tickets

    • Registration with s-pass.ph

    • 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:

    • Valid ID

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

    • Registration with StaySafe.ph

    Subic, Zambales

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

    Subic Bay Freeport Area travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Valid ID

    • Negative RT-PCR swab test result for those below 18 years old and above 65 years old and for those staying more than four days regardless of age.

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

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



    Tarlac Province

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

    Tarlac Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    Zambales Province

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

    Zambales Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Registration with visita.zambales.gov.ph

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

    • Negative RT-PCR test result taken within 48 hours prior to arrival for those aged 65 and below and are not fully vaccinated.

    • For fully vaccinated individuals, a negative antigen test result taken within 24 hours prior to arrival and a vaccination card from an authorized vaccination center is required. For Zambales, an individual is considered fully vaccinated a month after the final dose of their COVID-19 vaccine.

    Other Visayas Destinations Open for Domestic Travelers

    Check out other must-see Visayas tourist spots in these re-opened destinations: 

    Antique Province

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

    Antique Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

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

    • Valid ID

    • Acceptance letter from the receiving LGU

    Bacolod City

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

    Bacolod City travel requirements for leisure travelers:

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

    • Online BaCTrac registration

    • Online health declaration

    • Approved travel coordination permit via s-pass.ph 

    • 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.

    *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:

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

    • Travel Coordination Permit from s-pass.ph

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

    • A filled-out health declaration form that must be submitted prior to boarding

    *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:

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

    • Acceptance letter from corresponding LGU

    • Valid ID

    • Register via s-pass.ph

    • Fully vaccinated individuals* are exempted from presenting a negative COVID-19 test result. They should present a negative Antigen test result taken 48 hours prior to travel and 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

     

    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

    Iloilo Province (including Iloilo City)

    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 (including Iloilo City) travel requirements for leisure travelers:

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

    • S-Pass registration through s-pass.ph 

    • QR Code

    • Travel coordination permit

    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:

    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:

    • Prior coordination with LGU of final destination, as requirements may vary per LGU. You can check the list of LGU contact details here.

    • Valid ID

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

    • For fully vaccinated* individuals, a negative antigen test result taken within 48 hours prior to arrival and their vaccination card

    • 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

    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 from the LGU of destination

    • Registration via safecatarman.today

    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 body temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius or lower

    *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:

    • Mandatory 14-day quarantine at a municipal designated facility. Asymptomatic individuals may take an RT-PCR test on their 6th day of quarantine, and if the result is negative, they may finish their quarantine early. This must be coordinated with the destination LGU prior to arrival.

    • Fully vaccinated* individuals are only required to undergo 7-day quarantine at a municipal designated facility provided they remain asymptomatic throughout the duration.

    *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:

    • Valid ID

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

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

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

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

    Other Mindanao Destinations Open for Domestic Travelers

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

    Cotabato City 

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

    Cotabato City travel requirements for leisure travelers:

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

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

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

    • A QR Code from the Cotabato City Contact Tracing Website or from the COVID-19 Contact Tracing System (CCTS)

    • Fully vaccinated individuals* are exempted from the mandatory 14-day quarantine provided they can present a complete COVID-19 vaccination 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

    Davao Province

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

    Davao Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    Dipolog City

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

    Dipolog City travel requirements for leisure travelers:

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

    • Valid identification card

    • Letter of acceptance from the LGU of destination

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

    Lanao Del Norte Province

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

    Lanao del Norte Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Valid ID

    • Travel itinerary or booking confirmation

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

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

    • Travelers may be denied entry if they have symptoms

    Misamis Occidental Province

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

    Misamis Occidental Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Valid ID

    • Registration with s-pass.ph

    • Travelers coming from areas in Metro Manila, the entire island of Cebu, Lapu-Lapu City, and the rest of the Visayas Islands must present a negative RT-PCR swab test result taken 72 hours from their arrival.

    • Fully vaccinated individuals* need to present a negative antigen test result taken within 72 hours from their arrival instead of an RT-PCR test. They should also present a COVID-19 domestic vaccination card issued by a legitimate vaccinating establishment or a Certificate of Quarantine Completion showing the holder’s vaccination status.

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

    South Cotabato Province

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

    South Cotabato Province travel requirements for leisure travelers:

    • Valid ID

    • Registration with s-pass.ph

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

    Which Philippine Destinations are Open for Residents Only?

    • Abra

    • Aklan Province

    • Apayao

    • Baguio City

    • Bataan

    • Batanes

    • Benguet

    • Biliran

    • Bukidnon

    • Butuan City

    • Cagayan

    • Cagayan De Oro

    • Camarines Norte

    • Camiguin

    • Davao City

    • Dinagat Islands

    • General Santos City

    • Guimaras

    • Isabela

    • Laguna

    • Lanao del Sur

    • Leyte

    • Masbate

    • Misamis Oriental

    • Nueva Ecija

    • Puerto Princesa, Palawan

    • Rizal Province

    • Sagada

    • Siquijor Island

    • Sarangani

    • Sultan Kudarat Province

    • Surigao del Sur

    • Tacurong City

    • Tagaytay City

    • Tawi-Tawi

    • Vigan, Ilocos Sur

    • Zamboanga City

    • Zamboanga del Norte

    • Zamboanga del Sur

    • Zamboanga Sibugay

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

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

    Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ)

    • Health and emergency frontline service personnel

    • Government officials and frontline personnel

    • Humanitarian assistance actors (HAA) with authorization

    • Persons traveling for medical/humanitarian reasons

    • Persons going to the airport for travel abroad

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

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

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

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

    • Individuals who are working in veterinary clinics

    • Individuals who are working as security personnel in operational industries

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

    • Persons who need emergency medical aid or assistance

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

    Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ)

    • Health and emergency frontline service personnel

    • Government officials and frontline personnel

    • Humanitarian assistance actors (HAA) with authorization

    • Persons traveling for medical/humanitarian reasons

    • Persons going to the airport for travel abroad

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

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

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

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

    • Individuals who are working in veterinary clinics

    • Individuals who are working as security personnel in operational industries

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

    • Persons who need emergency medical aid or assistance

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

    General Community Quarantine (GCQ)

    • Health and emergency frontline service personnel

    • Government officials and frontline personnel

    • Humanitarian assistance actors (HAA) with authorization

    • Persons traveling for medical/humanitarian reasons

    • Persons going to the airport for travel abroad

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

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

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

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

    • Individuals who are working in veterinary clinics

    • Individuals who are working as security personnel in operational industries

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

    • Persons who need emergency medical aid or assistance

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

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

    • Individuals attending important gatherings with 10 or fewer people

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

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

    Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ)

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

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

    • Public transportation with the enforcement of required minimum health standards

    • Use of private vehicles, motorcycles, and bicycles 

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

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

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

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

    Tips for Traveling in the Philippines during COVID-19

    Tourists on White Beach, Boracay Island

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

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

    2. Pre-book your DOT-accredited hotel or resort or book Philippines package deals that include accommodations, flights, and transfers. For international travelers, we recommended pre-booking Manila Quarantine hotel packages that include airfare, hotel stay for the mandatory quarantine, daily meals, RT-PCR swab test, and airport transfer.

    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.