US Embassy COVID-19 Information

The Philippines has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
There have been three confirmed cases in the Philippines, including one death.

Travel Ban
The Philippine government implemented a travel ban on February 2 that covers all foreign nationals coming from China, Hong Kong, and Macau. Any passenger of any nationality who has been to China, Hong Kong, and Macau within 14 days before coming to the Philippines will automatically be denied entry. On February 10, the Philippine government added Taiwan to the travel ban, but Taiwan was subsequently removed from the travel ban on February 14.

Only Philippine citizens and aliens with permanent resident visas will be allowed entry if coming from China, Hong Kong, and Macau within the prior 14 day period. According to the Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI), permanent resident aliens are those who were issued immigrant visas under the Philippine Immigration Act; those who are residents following the alien legalization program under EO 324, or the alien social integration program under RA 7919, holders of native born visas; aliens who acquired permanent resident status by reasons of marriage to a Filipino; and aliens with approved refugee status.

Philippine citizens are currently not allowed to leave for China, Hong Kong, and Macau unless they are part of a government delegation conducting official duties, a member of the World Health Organization, or other agencies involved in fighting or containing the COVID-19

Travelers departing the Philippines are also advised to avoid traveling in places with known COVID-19 cases. Travelers are advised to follow advisories and public health plans of the country to which they are going; to know the health facilities nearest their location; and to keep themselves updated with the latest information about COVID-19.

Procedures and Documentation
Non-Philippine citizens coming from China, Hong Kong, or Macau, including transit passengers, will automatically be denied entry to the Philippines, unless they fall under one of the permanent resident categories listed above. According to BI, if a foreign citizen subject to the ban disembarks, he or she will be sent back to the port of origin.Philippine citizens and aliens exempted from the ban who arrive from China, Hong Kong, or Macau including flight crew, will be turned over to the Quarantine Bureau for their assessment, together with a copy of their arrival cards.

Under current airport procedures, all passengers fill out forms upon arrival to the country. Foreign nationals submit an immigration arrival card to BI, while all passengers submit a customs declaration form for the Bureau of Customs. All passengers also fill out a health declaration card for the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) upon disembarkation.

Seaports implement the same measures, and will only allow passengers coming from China, Hong Kong, and Macau upon clearance from BOQ, after the 14-day period has elapsed.

The Philippine Department of Health (DOH) and allied agencies have set up quarantine mechanisms for repatriates. Please check DOH guidance for relative information.

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