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In the first months of 2020, the discovery of Covid-19 shocked the globe. For the most part, we weren’t prepared for how our lives would change from how we communicate and most of all how we travel. With the rising cases and to put standards on how to limit the transmission of the virus IATF was established.

Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease

IATF or Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease is headed by the Department of Health (DOH) and was designed to stimulate inter-sectoral collaboration to ensure preparation and appropriate response to evaluate, monitor, contain, control, and prevent the development of infectious disease epidemics in the country.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Department of Transportation, the Department of Information and Communications Technology, and the Department of Tourism were all members of this inter-agency task force.

IATF Resolution No. 30 on the Implementation of Community Quarantine was published on April 20, 2020, by the IATF to specify the criteria for permitted and prohibited activities in the different locations where community quarantine has been proclaimed using dispersed provisions of IATF resolutions.

After then, Executive Order 112 (s.2020) was issued, and it’s been updated regularly to reflect the most recent situation.

Travel and Safety Quarantine Levels and Alert

So far, the interagency task force has developed health and safety quarantine levels that are being disseminated and implemented throughout the country.  As of September 16, these are the quarantine levels and alerts are being enforced across all local government units around the Philippines:

Enhance Community Lockdown

The most stringent of these procedures, “enhanced community quarantine” (ECQ), is a total lockdown.

When a region is placed under ECQ, the following processes must be followed:

  • During the ECQ, all applicable minimum public health standards must be followed at all times. These minimum public health standards are as follows:
  • A “no mask, no entrance” rule should always be followed to ensure safety measures are followed.
  • Handwashing is recommended, as is avoiding contact with the face or other body parts.
  • Workers in high-risk professions, industries, and environments must adhere to much stricter safety procedures.
  • Return-to-work guidelines should be followed strictly by private businesses. As a general rule, employees should be able to work from home, except for projects that need them to be on-site.
  • PCR confirmatory testing on workers should be done as well as private shuttle services.
  • All people’ mobility shall be restricted to accessing products and services from approved businesses, working in such enterprises, or engaging in other activities permitted by the inter-agency task force.
  • Pregnant women and those under the age of eighteen (18) as well as those with immunodeficiency, comorbidity, or other health risks must remain in their homes at all times except when obtaining essential goods and services or working in industries and offices or other places where they are required to leave their residences when they are required to do so.

During the ECQ, only the following establishments, people, or activities are permitted to function, work, or be undertaken:

  • Cargoes, particularly those transporting food
  • Worker mobility in open industries
  • Outside movement for the acquisition of necessities and medications
  • Public transit must continue to operate within the constraints of existing capabilities and regulations.
  • APOR or authorized persons outside of residence, employees, and freight trucks are permitted with proper identification.

INDUSTRIES ARE PERMITTED TO OPERATE AT FULL CAPACITY.

  • Hospitals, both public and private
  • Services for health, emergencies, and first responders
  • Manufacturers of pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, medical devices, and medical equipment
  • Delivery and courier services, such as carrying food, medication, or other necessities
  • Agriculture, forestry, and fishery and their workers, including farmers, agrarian reform beneficiaries, fisherfolk, and agri-fishery stores

INDUSTRIES ARE ALLOWED TO OPERATE AT 50% CAPACITY

  • Establishments in the private sector (essential goods and services)
  • Establishments in the media and their entire permanent worker complement
  • Employees who have been certified by the Department of Transportation

INDUSTRIES ALLOWED TO OPERATE WITH A SKELETON ARRANGEMENT

  • Other medical, dental, rehabilitation, optometry clinics, pharmacies, or drug stores
  • Veterinary clinics
  • Banks and money transfer services
  • Telecommunications companies, internet service providers, and cable television providers
  • Manufacturing companies and suppliers (construction works, such as cement and steel)
  • Funeral and embalming services
  • Security personnel
  • Real estate activities are limited to leasing only
  • Capital markets
  • Water supply and sanitation services and facilities
  • Energy and power companies
  • Airline and aircraft maintenance, pilots and crew, and employees
  • The Philippine Postal Corporation (PPC), Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), business process outsourcing firms, export businesses, and printing presses
  • Humanitarian assistance personnel from civil society organizations, non-government organizations, and United Nations-Humanitarian country teams
  • Pastors, priests, rabbis, imams, or such other religious ministers
  • Repair and maintenance of machinery and equipment

ACTIVITIES THAT ARE LIMITED

  • Weddings, baptisms, and funerals must be confined to direct family members, with no more than ten (10) people in attendance.
  • Only delivery and takeout will be allowed in restaurants, cafés, and other places.
  • There are no domestic flights, and international flights are limited.

ACTIVITIES THAT ARE PROHIBITED

  • Mass gatherings
  • Religious gatherings
  • Face-to-face meetings
  • Dine-in restaurants/Al Fresco

Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine

MECQ (Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine) is the intermediate step between Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) and General Community Quarantine (GCQ).

When a region is placed under MECQ, the following processes must be followed:

  • During the MECQ, all applicable minimum public health standards must be followed at all times. These minimum public health standards are as follows:
  • A “no mask, no entrance” rule should always be followed to ensure safety measures are followed.
  • Handwashing is recommended, as is avoiding contact with the face or other body parts.
  • Workers in high-risk professions, industries, and environments must adhere to much stricter safety procedures.
  • Return-to-work guidelines should be followed strictly by private businesses. As a general rule, employees should be able to work from home, except for projects that need them to be on-site.
  • PCR confirmatory testing on workers should be done as well as private shuttle services.

TRANSPORTATION

  • Sectors of public transportation include road, rail, marine, and aviation will be able to function at their current capacity and procedures as long as they follow the DOTr’s standards.
  • Exemptions for tricycle operations are governed by LGUs and the DILG. Bicycling and other non-motorized modes of transportation are encouraged. Furthermore, two-wheeled vehicles may be utilized, but only for single riders.
  • Company shuttles and personal automobiles are authorized as long as the passengers are employees in permitted industries and the two-persons-per-row guideline is followed.

DINING

  • Indoor dine-in services and al fresco dining areas are forbidden in MECQ zones; only take-out and delivery are permitted.

TOURISM

  • Outdoor tourism attractions are not permitted in MECQ zones.
  • Inter-island travel is prohibited.
  • There are no local flights and only a few foreign flights.
  • MICE or Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, and Exhibitions events in areas under MECQ shall not be allowed to operate. All venues listed below are not allowed to operate:
  • Entertainment Venues
  • Bars
  • Concert Halls
  • Theaters
  • Recreational Venues
  • Arcades
  • Billiard Halls
  • Internet Cafés
  • Amusement Parks
  • Fairs
  • Kiddie Rides
  • Playgrounds
  • Indoor Sports Courts and Venues
  • Indoor Tourist Attractions

GATHERINGS

  • In regions covered by MECQ, immediate family members of the deceased who died for reasons other than COVID-19 may be permitted to move from their residence to attend the wake or burial of the deceased given sufficient proof of relationship with the latter.
  • Gatherings are highly restricted, with a maximum of 5 persons per gathering only.

ACTIVITIES

  • Everyone should remain indoors.
  • Only a small amount of physical activity outdoor is permitted.
  • Allowed to run or jog in the outdoors but must adhere to safety standards when doing so.

INDUSTRIES ARE PERMITTED TO OPERATE

  • Agriculture, forestry, and fisheries
  • Manufacturing of essential goods
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Essential retail
  • Laundry shops
  • Food preparation and water-refilling: take out and delivery only
  • Logistics service providers
  • Delivery service
  • Utilities
  • Repair and installation of machinery and equipment
  • Telecommunications companies
  • Energy companies
  • Gasoline stations
  • Construction workers accredited by DPWH
  • Manufacturing companies and suppliers of products necessary for construction
  • Mining and quarrying
  • Electronic commerce companies
  • Postal, courier, and delivery services
  • Export-oriented companies
  • Repair of computers and personal and household goods
  • Housing service activities
  • Special purpose accommodation
  • Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)
  • Banks, money transfer services, microfinance institutions, pawnshops, and credit cooperatives
  • Capital markets
  • Rental and leasing other than real estate
  • Employment activities

INDUSTRIES ARE PARTIALLY PERMITTED TO OPERATE

• Real estate activities

• public and private construction projects that are essential: small scale projects not allowed 

• Office administrative and office support

• Accommodation for guests (Only for existing long-term bookings or bookings as of May 1 in Luzon)

• Funeral and embalming services

• Veterinary clinics

• Security and investigation activities

• Other financial services

• Legal and accounting

• Management consultancy activities

• Architecture and engineering activities

• Scientific and research development

• Advertising and market research

• Computer programming and information service activities

• Publishing and printing activities

• Film, music, and TV production

• Wholesale and retail trade of motor vehicles. Motorcycles, and bicycles, including their parts and components

• Repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles, and bicycles

• Malls and commercial centers

  • Keep the number of people inside the mall or business to a minimum.
  • To better control foot traffic, operating malls will limit the number of entrances.
  • Senior adults, pregnant women, and those with disabilities are only permitted to bring one partner.
  • Maintain a one-meter social distance between individuals at all times.
  • To maintain social distance, ensure that every client stands on every other step of the escalator.
  • Increase police visibility; if physical separation is required, increase it.

• Dining/Restaurants (delivery and take-out only)

• Hardware stores 

• Clothing and accessories 

• Mall-based government frontline services 

• Hardware stores 

• Bookstores and school and office supplies stores 

• Baby care supplies stores 

• Pet food and pet care supplies 

• IT, communications, and electronic equipment 

• Flower, jewelry, novelty, antique, perfume shops 

• Toy store

INDUSTRIES THAT ARE NOT PERMITTED TO OPERATE

  • Barbershops and beauty salons
  • Sports facilities and gyms/fitness studios
  • The entertainment industry
  • Amusement industries for Kids
  • public libraries, archives, museums, and cultural institutions
  • Tourist attractions
  • Tour operators, travel agencies, reservation services, and other related activities
  • Services for personal care

General Community Quarantine

In comparison to ECQ and MECQ, the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) is a type of quarantine with moderate and lenient procedures.

It is administered in provinces or cities with a moderate to low COVID-19 risk. Safety standards must still be maintained at businesses, and local governments must continue to impose a curfew on non-workers.

When a region is placed under MECQ, the following processes must be followed:

  • During the MECQ, all applicable minimum public health standards must be followed at all times. These minimum public health standards are as follows:
  • A “no mask, no entrance” rule should always be followed to ensure safety measures are followed.
  • Handwashing is recommended, as is avoiding contact with the face or other body parts.
  • Workers in high-risk professions, industries, and environments must adhere to much stricter safety procedures.
  • Return-to-work guidelines should be followed strictly by private businesses. As a general rule, employees should be able to work from home, except for projects that need them to be on-site.
  • PCR confirmatory testing on workers should be done as well as private shuttle services.

TRANSPORTATION

  • Public transportation with stringent safe separation
  • All public and private vehicles are permitted with a load restriction based on the method of transportation.
  • Inter-island travel is permitted (GCQ to GCQ places only)
  • The road, rail, marine, and aviation sectors of public transportation shall be permitted to function at such capacity and procedures as determined by the DOTr.

DINING

  • Indoor dine-in services must have a capacity of 20% of the venue or seating capacity.
  • Outdoor or alfresco dining must be limited to 50% of the venues or seating capacity.

TOURISM

  • Outdoor tourist attractions may operate at 30% occupancy while adhering to rigorous public health requirements.
  • The operation of indoor tourist attractions is prohibited.
  • Children 5 years old and older in areas subject under GCQ, except those subject to heightened restrictions, may also go to outdoor areas if they are supervised by an adult/s and follow minimum public health standards. Depending on the COVID-19 situation in their respective jurisdictions, local government units may increase the above-mentioned age restriction for children.  These outdoor areas shall not include mixed-use indoor/outdoor buildings, facilities, or establishments such as malls or similar establishments. The outdoor areas shall be limited to the following:
  • Parks
  • Playgrounds
  • Beaches
  • Trails for biking and hiking
  • Outdoor tourist sites and attractions
  • Outdoor non-contact sports courts and venues
  • Al fresco dining establishments
  • As of September 16, the following establishments in Metro Manila are allowed to operate as staycation facilities and are not currently utilized as COVID-19 quarantine facilities.

13 Accomodation Establishments Granted To Operate For Staycations

  1. Grand Hyatt Hotel
  2. Okada Manila Hotel
  3. Shangri-la at the Fort
  4. Nobu Hotel
  5. Joy Nostalg Hotel & Suites Manila
  6. EDSA Shangri-la Manila
  7. Solaire Hotel
  8. Hyatt Regency, City of Dreams
  9. Nuwa Hotel, City of Dreams
  10. The Peninsula Manila
  11. Aruga by Rockwell
  12. Sheraton Manila Hotel
  13. Hilton Manila

ACCOMMODATION ESTABLISHMENTS (AEs) WITH DOT APPROVAL IN GCQ AREAS

According to IATF Resolution No. 117, AEs in GCQ areas may accept bookings if the following conditions are met:

  • The establishment operates only up to 30 percent of the venue capacity
  • The guests will come from the same household

EVENTS

MICE events at qualifying venue businesses in GCQ regions are permitted to restart up to 40% of venue capacity, while social events are permitted to resume up to 10% of venue capacity.

ACTIVITIES

  • The elderly and children should remain at home.
  • Only limited contact sports are permitted (golf, tennis)
  • Gatherings are limited to a maximum of ten individuals.

INDUSTRIES ARE PERMITTED TO OPERATE

  • Agriculture, forestry, and fisheries
  • Manufacturing of essential goods
  • Other manufacturers such as wood products, non-metallic products, tobacco, paper and paper products, rubber and plastic products, machinery and equipment, etc.
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Essential retail
  • Laundry shops
  • Food preparation and water-refilling: take out and delivery only
  • Logistics service providers
  • Delivery service
  • Utilities
  • Repair and installation of machinery and equipment
  • Telecommunications companies
  • Energy companies
  • Gasoline stations
  • Construction workers accredited by DPWH
  • Manufacturing companies and suppliers of products necessary for construction
  • Media establishments
  • Cement and steel
  • Mining and quarrying
  • Electronic commerce companies
  • Postal, courier, and delivery services
  • Export-oriented companies
  • Real estate activities
  • Public and private construction projects that are essential
  • Repair of computers and personal and household goods
  • Housing service activities
  • Office administrative and office support
  • Funeral and embalming services
  • Veterinary clinics
  • Security and investigation activities
  • BPO
  • Banks, money, transfer services, MFIs, pawnshops, and credit cooperatives
  • Capital markets
  • Legal and accounting
  • Management and consultancy activities
  • Architecture and engineering activities
  • Scientific and research development
  • Advertising and market research
  • Computer programming and information service activities
  • Publishing and printing activities
  • Film, music, and TV production
  • Rental and leasing, other than real estate
  • Employment activities
  • Wholesale and retail trade of motor vehicles. Motorcycles, and bicycles, including their parts and components
  • Repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles, and bicycles
  • Malls and commercial centers

INDUSTRIES ARE PARTIALLY PERMITTED TO OPERATE

  • Accommodation for guests
  • Dining/Restaurants

INDUSTRIES THAT ARE NOT PERMITTED TO OPERATE

  • Barbershops and salons
  • Entertainment industries
  • Kid amusement industries
  • Libraries, archives, museums, and cultural centers
  • Tourist destinations
  • Travel agencies, tour operators, reservation services, and related activities
  • Personal care services
  • Gyms/fitness studios and sports facilities

Modified General Community Quarantine

Modified General Community Quarantine, or MGCQ for short, refers to the period between the GCQ and the New Normal, when the following temporary measures are relaxed and no longer necessary, such as restricting movement and transportation, regulating operating industries, and having uniformed personnel on hand to enforce community quarantine protocol.

TOURISM

  • There should be no tourism-related travel between GCQ and places where no community quarantine is in effect; and tourism-related travel between MGCQ regions and areas where no community quarantine is in place, while permitted, is nonetheless subject to rules.
  • Sidecars are now permitted on major routes.
  • Only hotels having a DOT Certificate of Authority are permitted to operate.
  • Salons – 50% of total venue capacity is permitted within the venue.
  • Dine-in restaurants, quick food restaurants, including those in supermarkets – a maximum of 50% of venue capacity

ACTIVITIES

  • Non-contact sports and other types of exercise are permitted, as long as the basic public health criteria are met.
  • All movement in MGCQ zones must be confined to acquiring needed products and services and working in the offices or industries that are allowed to operate.
  • Mass gatherings (movie screenings, concerts, athletic events, religious services, work conferences, etc.) are permitted as long as participation is limited to 50% of the seating or venue capacity.
  • Persons under the age of 21 and above the age of 60 are not permitted to leave their homes.

As of September 17, 2021, the inter-agency task force also added  Alert Level System on areas under GCQ.

ALERT LEVEL 1

Except for reasonable limits established by the LGUs or local government units, the movement of people is permitted.

Full onsite capacity for the following:
  • Libraries, archives, museums, galleries, and cultural performances and exhibitions are examples of the indoor visitor or tourist attractions.
  • Dining in Restaurant
  • Meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibitions can all be held indoors.
  • Indoor amusement parks
  • Indoor recreation centers, spas, and swimming pools
  • Theme parks or amusement parks
  • DOT-accredited lodging accommodations

ALERT LEVEL 2

Persons may move freely, subject to reasonable limitations depending on their ages and comorbidities as decided by the Local Government Unit.

50% onsite capacity for the following:
  • Libraries, archives, museums, galleries, and cultural performances and exhibitions are examples of the indoor visitor or tourist attractions.
  • Meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibitions can all be held indoors.
  • Indoor amusement parks
  • Indoor recreation centers, spas, and swimming pools
  • Theme parks or amusement parks
  • DOT-accredited lodging accommodations

ALERT LEVEL 3

Persons may move freely, subject to reasonable limitations depending on their ages and comorbidities as decided by the Local Government Unit.

30% onsite capacity for the following:
  • Libraries, archives, museums, galleries, and cultural performances and exhibitions are examples of the indoor visitor or tourist attractions.
  • Meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibitions can all be held indoors.
  • Indoor amusement parks
  • Indoor recreation centers, spas, and swimming pools
  • Theme parks or amusement parks
  • DOT-accredited lodging accommodations

ALERT LEVEL 4

The movement of individuals under the age of 18 and above the age of 65, with immunodeficiency or comorbidities, and pregnant women is prohibited.

30% Al fresco and 10% dining capacity for the following:
  • Restaurant
Not allowed to operate or work:
  • Libraries, archives, museums, galleries, and cultural performances and exhibitions are examples of the indoor visitor or tourist attractions.
  • Meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibitions can all be held indoors.
  • Indoor amusement parks
  • Indoor recreation centers, spas, and swimming pools
  • Theme parks or amusement parks
  • DOT-accredited lodging accommodations

PROTOCOLS FOR COMPLETELY VACCINATED PERSONS

The following requirements let a person be deemed fully vaccinated against COVID-19:

  • At least two weeks after receiving the second dose in a two-dose series, or at least two weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine
  • Vaccines given to an individual are classified by The Philippine Food and Drug Administration’s Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) List or Compassionate Special Permit (CSP) Emergency Use Listing of the World Health Organization
  • Senior citizens who have been fully vaccinated are only permitted to travel within General Community Quarantine and Modified General Community Quarantine areas.
  • Individuals who are completely vaccinated and recognized as close contacts of probable and proven COVID-19 cases may be subjected to a 7-day quarantine if they stay asymptomatic throughout the whole period. If an RT-PCR test is required, it must be conducted no sooner than the fifth day following the date of the previous exposure. Close contacts who have been traced beyond the seventh day from the last exposure and have remained asymptomatic will not be subjected to testing or quarantine. If the RT-PCR Test results in a positive result or the subject develops symptoms, the specified testing methods must be followed.
  • Local government units may accept a COVID-19 domestic vaccination card duly issued by a legitimate vaccinating establishment/authority, whether local or foreign, for interzonal travel permitted by the relevant IATF resolutions and provisions of the Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines, as amended, or a certificate of quarantine completion showing completion of quarantine.

INBOUND TRAVEL ADVISORY

To further prevent the introduction of potentially dangerous variations into the country, all arriving overseas passengers at all ports of entry must rigorously adhere to IATF-approved testing and quarantine standards. The following activities will also be bolstered:

  • The Bureau of Quarantine must identify and closely monitor the confirmed case’s close connections aboard the plane/vessel.
  • To avoid infection transmission at the facility and in the homes of facility personnel, infection prevention, and control measures must be rigorously followed in all quarantine and isolation facilities.
  • Clear transit plans and quarantine accommodations must be included in the handover of the Local Government Unit.
  • While arrivals are completing their quarantine, LGUs must closely monitor for the appearance of any sign or symptom and undertake Reverse Transcription – Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) testing as soon as symptoms are detected.
  • At the completion of the isolation or quarantine period, all arrivals must undergo a health examination.

PASSENGERS FROM COUNTRIES WITH TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

  • Foreign nationals who are coming from or have recently visited a travel-restricted country will not be permitted entrance.
  • Filipinos returning under the government’s repatriation program are subject to a 14-day facility-based quarantine beginning on the day they arrive in the Philippines, with the first day being the arrival date.

PASSENGERS FROM NON-TRAVEL-RESTRICTED COUNTRIES ARRIVING

The following passengers may be granted admission if they are authorized to enter the nation by applicable IATF-MEID decisions and are subject to current testing and quarantine measures issued by the Department of Health (DOH):

  • Those who transited through or had a brief layover in a travel-restricted country’s airport.
  • Those who are not from nations with travel restrictions

INBOUND TRAVEL FOR CEBUANO OFWs AND ROFs WHO HAVE BEEN FULLY VACCINATED

  • Returning travelers must provide proof of vaccination upon arrival in Cebu, including but not limited to Vaccination Cards issued overseas as confirmed by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO), Government Certification of Vaccination, or BOQ-issued International Certificate of Vaccination.
  • Upon arrival, the travelers will be treated to an RT-PCR test before being transferred to their accommodation for quarantine. If the RT-PCR test results are positive, COVID-19 positive people must follow health guidelines and be submitted to a second RT-PCR test on the fifth day of quarantine.
  • If the second test result is negative, returning passengers will be permitted to return to their respective LGUs on the day the test result is made public.

PASSENGERS ARRIVING IN THE PHILIPPINES WHO HAVE BEEN COMPLETELY VACCINATED

Effective July 26, 2021, all people fully vaccinated traveling to any port in the Philippines, regardless of the place of entry, will be subject to the following guidelines:

  • International passengers arriving in the Philippines, regardless of point of entry, are only required to undergo a 7-day facility-based quarantine and RT-PCR testing on the 5th day, with the day of arrival being the first day, if all of the following conditions are met, subject to the definitions in this Resolution:
  • Their port of origin is a nation, jurisdiction, or territory on the Green List.
  • In the 14 days leading up to their arrival in the Philippines, they remained entirely in Green List nations, jurisdictions, and territories.
  • Whether in the Philippines or overseas, they are completely immunized.
  • It is possible to independently verify their immunization status.
  • If any of the following are present, international incoming passengers to the Philippines, regardless of the port of entry, will be subjected to a 10-day facility-based quarantine and a 4-day home quarantine, including an RT-PCR test on the seventh day:
  • Their port of origin is not in a nation, jurisdiction, or territory on the Green List;
  • They spent at least 14 days outside a Green List nation, jurisdiction, or territory before arriving in the Philippines;
  • They haven’t been entirely vaccinated, or they haven’t been fully vaccinated.
  • All passengers, whether Filipinos or foreigners, transiting through a non-Green list country, jurisdiction, or territory are deemed to have come from or visited that country, jurisdiction, or territory if they stayed in the airport the entire time and were not cleared for entry into that country, jurisdiction, or territory by its immigration authority.
  • Any of the following will suffice for the purpose of verifying or confirming immunization status:
  • A certification from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in the country of origin is required for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their spouses, parents, and/or children traveling with them.
  • For Filipinos and foreigners fully vaccinated in the Philippines, either their LGU/hospital-issued vaccination cards (in original and/or hard copy form) or LGU-issued Vaccine Certificate, provided these can be verified/confirmed by border-control authorities, or BOQ-issued International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICV); or BOQ-issued International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICV); or BOQ-issued
  • For Overseas Filipino Workers and foreigners who have been completely vaccinated overseas, the vaccination certificate issued by the health authorities of the country where they were fully vaccinated, provided that such document can be independently verified/confirmed as legitimate or authentic by Philippine authorities.
  • All people, regardless of vaccination status, who are traveling to or have traveled from “Red List” nations, jurisdictions, or territories are not permitted to enter any Philippine port. Only Filipinos returning to the nation by government-sanctioned repatriation, non-government-sanctioned repatriation, or Bayanihan Flights may be admitted. The following entrance, testing, and quarantine processes apply to all passengers arriving from or departing from “Yellow” and “Red list” countries, jurisdictions, or territories:
  • Upon arrival, all incoming tourists must endure a fourteen (14)-day quarantine. The first ten (10) days must be spent in a quarantine facility, with the remaining completed at their respective local government units of destination under home quarantine.
  • On the seventh day, reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing will be performed, with Day 1 being the day of arrival. Regardless of a negative test result, the incoming visitor must complete the ten (10) day facility-based quarantine period.
  • During the ten (10) days of quarantine at the facility, the Bureau of Quarantine will guarantee thorough symptom monitoring.
  • For specific types of passengers or ports of origin, special procedures approved by the IATF or the Office of the President will apply.
  • All passengers, whether Filipinos or foreigners, transiting through a Red List country/jurisdiction/territory are not considered to have come from or visited said country/jurisdiction/territory if they stayed in the airport the entire time and were not cleared for entry into said country/jurisdiction/territory by its immigration authorities;

Provinces that allow tourists from the National Capital Region as of September 17

LA UNION

PANGASINAN

PAMPANGA

PALAWAN

  • El Nido
  • San Vicente
  • Culion
  • Amanpulo

AKLAN

  • Boracay Island

BOHOL

SURIGAO DEL NORTE

  • Siargao Island

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