Data Last Updated: September 26, 2020
The Philippines has restricted entry to all foreign travellers. Exceptions are still in place for Philippine nationals, their spouses and children, subject to testing and/or 14 day quarantine.
Mask is required to be worn in all public indoor, public transport and all outdoor areas.
Authorities in the Philippines continue to implement varying community quarantine restrictions nationwide as of Sep. 25, amid ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity.
The current levels of measures are in place through Sept. 30 in most localities. The country remains under Code Red Sublevel 2 on the code alert system, indicating ongoing local virus transmission with greater numbers of cases than the government can address.
Iloilo City is enforcing modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), the second-strictest level of measures, through Oct. 9, due to increased local COVID-19 activity. Lanao del Sur Province and Bacolod and Iligan cities are also enacting MECQ through Sept. 30. Under MECQ, residents can leave their homes to obtain essential supplies or seek emergency care.
Key industries, including agriculture, food establishments, and manufacturing of essential products, can work on-site with full capacity. Several sectors, such as real estate and manufacturing of nonessential goods, can operate with half their workforce. Public transport and domestic flights remain suspended, while essential mass gatherings are limited to five people.
Several other locations are enacting GCQ through Sept. 30. Under GCQ, most workplaces and public places can operate with distancing protocols. Essential industries, such as agriculture, supermarkets, and utilities, can operate on-site at full capacity.
Other select sectors, including financial and professional services and salons, may open at half their capacity. Authorities have lifted the suspension on gyms and internet cafes in GCQ areas. Public transport can operate at a reduced capacity with health protocols, such as maintaining a one-meter distancing between passengers. Nonessential mass gatherings remain banned, while religious congregations can now occur with attendees occupying up to 10 percent of the venues' capacity. Educational institutions remain suspended.
Airlines & Transport
Limited international commercial flights are operating at Manila’s Airport (MNL), Clark Airport (CRK) and Cebu Airport (CEB)
As of Aug 18, Philippine carriers plan to begin ramping up domestic flights in the Manila market following the lifting of travel restrictions imposed over two weeks ago as COVID-19 cases spiked.
Status of Opening to Tourists
Information based on tourists place of residence being in that country for the last 14 days
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Virgin Islands
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of Congo
Isle of Man
Northern Mariana Islands
Papua New Guinea
Republic of Congo
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos
U.S. Virgin Islands
United Arab Emirates
Wallis and Futuna
Information for Non-Tourists
Authorities continue to ban most foreign nationals from entering the country. However, officials are allowing entry for foreign nationals with long-term visas. Inbound foreign nationals must secure a quarantine facility and a COVID-19 testing provider in advance of arrival. Other visas and applications and visa-free privileges remain suspended.
Exceptions are still in place for Philippine nationals, their spouses and children, subject to testing and/or 14 day quarantine.
All returning nationals are encouraged to register themselves with the OFW Assistance Information System (OASIS) http://oasis.owwa.gov.ph at least five days before their arrival in the Philippines to facilitate on the ground preparation for their return.
All arriving passengers will be subject to mandatory COVID-19 testing and health screening upon arrival. All Filipino citizens returning from areas where there is community-based COVID-19 transmission will have to undergo a mandatory quarantine period at government quarantine facility or hotel accredited by the Bureau of Quarantine until they receive the negative COVID-19 test results. Those tested negative will be allowed to be quarantined at their own homes for 14 days. Those tested positive will be sent to hospitals for further treatment.
The central government reimposed a ban on nonessential outbound travel July 23. People who had confirmed their overseas travel booking as of July 20 can still depart, as well as overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and uniformed personnel on official duty.
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Graph of COVID-19 Cases In Last 30 Days