Foreigners bearing valid visas can travel to the Philippines subject to strict health and quarantine protocols.
The new rules came when the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) amended its earlier provision that bans travellers from countries where there is community transmission of the new COVID-19 variant.
Foreigners with valid visas, including personnel of accredited international organisations, and spouse and minor children of Filipino citizens, are allowed to travel to the Philippines. These categories include people who arrive for medical treatment and emergency cases, including their medical escorts.
Everybody, including medical tourists and their escorts, are subject to applicable testing and quarantine protocols as prescribed by the Department of Health.
The Philippines has extended the travel ban to over 30 countries. Strict COVID testing and quarantine rules are implemented for arrivals, especially from countries included in the travel ban list.
Passengers from or transiting through the banned countries must undergo testing upon arrival and should be in quarantine until result of the subsequent test on the fifth day is released.