The year 2020 is about to end more or less in 2 weeks, and though vaccines are already being tested in other parts of the world, things are still pretty much uncertain. Travel restrictions globally see changes all the time including here in the Philippines.

The last few months have seen looser restrictions when it came to domestic travels once ECQ was lifted in most places in the country, however international travels remained pretty much the same. According to the latest news, the entire country will remain under General Community Quarantine for the rest of the year and first quarter of 2021, which means the following guidelines will remain the same until further notice from the government.

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Domestic Travel

"The interzonal movement of persons not authorized outside of residences (non-APOR) between areas placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) or modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) for any purpose shall be permitted, subject to the reasonable regulations imposed by the LGU concerned," said Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque during the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease meeting last October.

This means that people living in areas under GCQ and MGCQ may be able to travel to other parts of the country that are under the same movement. However, it is still up to the local government to impose requirements on visitors to protect their people and place. Medical certificates, barangay health certificates, or a travel pass in order to enter are still required in some places such as Boracay, Palawan, etc.

So it’s much better to research and check information or updates of the province you want to travel to before anything else.

International Travel (Source: Philippine Visa)

Foreign visitors are currently prohibited from entering the Philippines. Only a few are allowed to enter the country while the travel ban is in place. Tourists are unlikely to be granted entry except for the following:

  •  Accredited Foreign Government and International Organization officials and their dependents
  • Foreign spouses and children of Filipino nationals
  • Foreign parents of a minor who is a Filipino citizen
  • Nationals of India who have a Temporary Resident Visa for the Philippines
  • Nationals of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) with a Permanent Resident Visa
  • Passengers with the following types of Philippines visas: 3(a), 13(b), 13(c), 13(d), 13(e), 13(g), RA 7919, EO324 or Native-born visa
  • Foreign nationals who have been issued a visa by Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority, and Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority
  • Merchant seamen with a 9(c) visa issued by the Philippines
  • Foreign airline crew

All international travelers who are permitted to enter the Philippines (including Filipino nationals and the foreign travelers listed above) must meet certain requirements to do so. Individuals arriving in the country will be tested for coronavirus and quarantined at their own expense. It is also necessary to complete a Case Investigation Form. They must also show a reservation confirmation of a hotel approved by Tourism and Health Agencies for their quarantine.

Filipino citizens are allowed to travel abroad, provided that they comply with the following conditions:

  • Be in possession of a roundtrip ticket
  • Purchase travel and health insurance coverage that covers potential costs (such as hospitalization, rebookings, and accommodation) incurred if stranded
  • Abide by the visa and immigration regulations of the receiving country
  • Complete a Declaration Form acknowledging the risks associated with traveling
  • Follow the Guidelines of Returning Overseas Filipinos issued by the National Task Force (NITF)
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