PHILIPPINES – COVID Travel Restrictions Lifted

August 17, 2023

The public health emergency caused by COVID-19 has been lifted in the Philippines. This means international travelers will no longer have to present a vaccination certificate to enter the country. Travelers can now enter the Philippines regardless of their COVID vaccination status.

In addition, the Philippines clarified the entry requirements for foreign tourists and foreign temporary visitors. To legally enter the Philippines, travelers must meet three criteria:

  • Have passports which are valid for at least six months at the time of entry
  • Have a valid visa – if a visa is required for your country
  • Have a ticket either to travel back to your country of origin, or on to a third-party country

The foreign spouses and children of Filipino citizens, who are traveling with them are exempt from the onward/return ticket requirement.

In addition, the Philippines Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) has also dropped the COVID-era requirement that foreigners who were issued a PEZA visa to also get a Travel Pass. PEZA announced it will no longer process Travel Pass requests.

PEZA further announced as of 1 August 2023, it will only accept online payments for services.

Immigration Insights

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