The Philippines is among the top tourist destinations in Asia, well-loved for its tropical climate and friendly communities. So it’s no wonder many tourists around the world are eager to fly and touch down in the country again after years of closed borders.
Say no more as the Philippines has finally re-opened to foreign leisure travelers as of February 10, 2022! Start planning your much-awaited trip to the country with this guide. We’ve included the guidelines for foreign tourists as well as the best places to visit at this time.
For foreign travelers, here are the important things to know before traveling to the Philippines. Some of the requirements will be eased starting from April 1, 2022.
Who Can Enter the Philippines?
Fully vaccinated tourists from 157 visa-free countries (full list) can enter the Philippines for leisure travel. They should be able to present a proof of vaccination from the World Health Organization or national/state digital certificates recognized in the Philippines.
Foreign children under 12 are not required to be vaccinated but should be accompanied by fully vaccinated parents.
What Are the Requirements?
Here are the documents and other requirements that foreign tourists must prepare prior to entry into the Philippines.
- Proof of vaccination
- Negative result of RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours before the scheduled departure from point of origin.
*Starting April 1, 2022, a negative antigen test result within 24 hours from the departure will be accepted.
- Valid return tickets up to 30 days from the arrival in the Philippines
- Proof of reservation with a hotel/accommodation accredited by the Philippine Department of Tourism
- Passport valid for at least six months from the date of arrival
- Travel insurance for COVID-19 treatment (minimum coverage of USD 35,000)
Once you have all these documents, you may sign up at onehealthpass.com.ph to get your One Health Pass QR Code which will be required upon arrival at the airport.
What Can You Expect on Arrival?
As mentioned, you need to obtain and have your One Health Pass QR Code ready upon your arrival at the Philippine airport.
You will have to present the QR code, along with your proof of vaccination, passport, and other travel documents at the Bureau of Immigration for validation.
And then, that’s it! Quarantine is no longer required for fully vaccinated foreign tourists but self-monitoring should be followed for seven days.
Best Philippine Destinations for Foreign Tourists
Some of the most sought-after destinations in the Philippines are its beaches and historic towns. For foreign travelers who need a refresher, here are the best places to rediscover in the country.
For foreigners entering via Manila airport, the historic city of Manila is the best place to start. The Philippine capital is home to some of the most historically and culturally colorful locations, namely, Intramuros and the largest Chinatown in the world.
Boracay is a tropical sanctuary for many tourists, especially those coming from colder four-season countries. Its fine white sands are mesmerizing and the beach culture is vibrant and welcoming to foreigners.
Cebu is another Philippine destination well-loved by foreigners for its pristine beach attractions, vibrant urban scene, and beautiful preservation of history and culture. Not only do visitors get to unwind by the beach, but they can also fill up with good local food and knowledge of local history.
Just a few hours from Manila, Subic is a convenient beach escape that boasts a vibrant community of foreign tourists and expats. Water sports and food trips are some of the best things to do in this melting pot city.
Palawan boasts the most breathtaking natural wonders on and off its shores. From the Second World War-era wreck sites of Coron and the Puerto Princesa Underground River to the otherworldly lagoons and limestone islands of El Nido — Palawan never fails to take your breath away.
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