“OPENING OF TOURIST TO PHILIPPINES GUIDELINES PER IMMIGRATION”

Philippines to open borders to foreign tourists

A previous post covered new guidelines for tourists coming to the Philippines. However, I wanted to present the latest opening of tourist to Philippines guidelines per Immigration. A January 28, 2022 Bureau of Immigration Press Release repeats some of the same information already made public.

“OPENING OF TOURIST TO PHILIPPINES GUIDELINES PER IMMIGRATION”

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced that the Philippines will be opening its borders to the entry of foreign tourists starting February 10.

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente stated that Immigration is in compliance with the latest resolution from the Inter-Agency Task Force, IATF.

Thus, fully vaccinated nationals of non-visa required countries shall be allowed to enter the Philippines. Here’s a look at the complete list of countries per the Bureau of Immigration’s website.

A. Aliens from these countries may enter the Philippines without a visa, for an initial 30-days:

1. Andorra

2. Angola

3. Antigua and Barbuda

4. Argentina

5. Australia

6. Austria

7. Bahamas

8. Bahrain

9. Barbados

10. Belgium

11. Belize

12. Benin

13. Bhutan

14. Bolivia

15. Botswana

16. Brazil*

17. Brunei

18. Bulgaria

19. Burkina Faso

20. Burundi

21. Cambodia

22. Cameroon

23. Canada

24. Cape Verde

25. Central African Republic

26. Chad

27. Chile

28. Colombia

29. Comoros

30. Congo

31. Congo, Democratic Republic

32. Costa Rica

33. Cote d’Ivoire

34. Croatia

35. Cyprus

36. Czech Republic

37. Denmark

38. Djibouti

39. Dominica

40. Dominican Republic

41. Ecuador

42. El Salvador

43. Equatorial Guinea

44. Eritrea

45. Estonia

46. Ethiopia

47. Fiji

48. Finland

49. France

50. Gabon

51. Gambia

52. Germany

53. Ghana

54. Greece

55. Grenada

56. Guatemala

57. Guinea

58. Guinea-Bissau

59. Guyana

60. Haiti

61. Honduras

62. Hungary

63. Iceland

64. Indonesia

65. Ireland

66. Israel*

67. Italy

68. Jamaica

69. Japan

70. Kazakhstan

71. Kenya

72. Kiribati

73. Korea (ROK)

74. Kuwait

75. Kyrgyzstan

76. Laos

77. Latvia

78. Lesotho

79. Liberia

80. Liechtenstein

81. Lithuania

82. Luxembourg

83. Madagascar

84. Malawi

85. Malaysia

86. Maldives

87. Mali

88. Malta

89. Marshall Island

90. Mauritania

91. Mauritius

92. Mexico

93. Micronesia

94. Monaco

95. Mongolia

96. Morocco

97. Mozambique

98. Myanmar

99. Namibia

100. Nepal

101. Netherlands

102. New Zealand

103. Nicaragua

104. Niger

105. Norway

106. Oman

107. Palau

108. Panama

109. Papua New Guinea

110. Paraguay

111. Peru

112. Poland

113. Portugal

114. Qatar

115. Romania

116. Russia

117. Rwanda

118. St. Kitts and Nevis

119. Saint Lucia

120. St. Vincent and the Grenadines

121. Samoa

122. San Marino

123. Sao Tome and Principe

124. Saudi Arabia

125. Senegal

126. Seychelles

127. Singapore

128. Slovak Republic

129. Slovenia

130. Solomon Islands

131. South Africa

132. Spain

133. Suriname

134. Swaziland

135. Sweden

136. Switzerland

137. Tanzania

138. Tajikistan

139. Thailand

140. Togo

141. Trinidad and Tobago

142. Tunisia

143. Turkey

144. Turkmenistan

145. Tuvalu

146. Uganda

147. United Arab Emirates

148. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

149. United States of America

150. Uruguay

151. Uzbekistan

152. Vanuatu

153. Vatican

154. Venezuela

155. Vietnam

156. Zambia

157. Zimbabwe

Arriving tourists are required to present a passport valid for at least 6 months, and the required proof of vaccination against Covid-19.

Accepted proofs of vaccination are as follows:

  • World Health Organization International Certificates of Vaccination and Prophylaxis.
  • VaxCertPH, or national/state digital certificate of the foreign government which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement unless otherwise permitted by the IATF-MEID.

Additionally, according to the resolution, starting February 1, arriving passengers must submit a negative RT-PCR test valid for 48 hours prior to departure from country of origin.

Those fully vaccinated are no longer required to undergo facility-based quarantine, but shall self-monitor for 7 days.

What about the unvaccinated?

Those unvaccinated and partially vaccinated shall undergo the required quarantine protocols as implemented by the Bureau of Quarantine and the local government units. It is best to check with the local government unit, LGU, you will be visiting before making any travel plans.

In addition, those whose vaccination status cannot be confirmed shall also undergo the required quarantine protocols listed above.

Minors do not need proof of vaccination.

“The opening of our borders to foreign tourists is a welcome development,” said Morente.  “We see this as a giant leap towards the rebound of the tourism and international travel sector,” he added.

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