General Information on the Entry of Foreigners

The Embassy informs the public of salient points of Resolution Nos. 159 dated 27 January 2022 and 160-A dated 3 February 2022 of the Inter-agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging and Infectious Diseases (IATF):

I. Classification of countries, territories, and/or jurisdictions into “green”, “yellow” and “red” is temporarily suspended until further notice;

II. Effective 10 February 2022, foreign nationals traveling to the Philippines for business and tourism purposes may enter the country visa-free and stay in the Philippines for not more than 30 days, provided that they:

  1. Are a citizen or national of a non-visa required country under Executive Order 408 s. 1960 (E.O. 408);
  2. Are fully-vaccinated and able to provide sufficient proof of vaccination (except for minor children below 12 years of age), to include any of the following:

    • World Health Organization (WHO) International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis;
    • VaxCertPH;
    • National or digital certificate of the country which has accepted VaxCertPH under reciprocal arrangement (for Singapore, digital certificate issued through Notarise Singapore); OR
    • Other proof of vaccination permitted by the IATF.

  1. Present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to departure from (first) point of origin;
  2. Have a valid return ticket or ticket to onward destination (not later than 30 days from the date of arrival in the Philippines);
  3. Have passports valid for at least six months from the time of arrival in the Philippines; AND
  4. Have obtained, prior to arrival, travel insurance for COVID-19 treatment costs from a reputable insurance company, with a minimum coverage of USD35,000, for the duration of their stay in the Philippines.

III. Foreign nationals not qualified under Section II above, or foreign nationals from visa-required or restricted countries, may enter the Philippines by securing a 9(a) visa, provided that:

  1. They have an entry exemption document issued under existing IATF regulations;
  2. Are fully-vaccinated and able to provide sufficient proof of vaccination (except for minor children below 12 years of age), as provided in Section II 2(b);
  3. Present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to departure from (first) point of origin;

IV. Once admitted into the country, fully vaccinated foreign nationals are no longer required to observe mandatory facility quarantine but shall self-monitor for any COVID-19 signs and symptoms for seven (7) days, with Day 1 as the date of arrival in the Philippines. They are required to report to the local government unit (LGU) of their destination should they manifest any symptoms.

V. Those who fail to fully comply with the conditions set forth shall be denied admission and shall be subject to appropriate exclusion proceedings. Furthermore, foreign nationals found not compliant with the conditions set forth in Section II 2b shall be required to undergo facility-based quarantine until the release of their negative RT-PCR test taken on the 5th day. After which, they shall be required to undergo home quarantine until their 14th day, with Day 1 as their date of arrival.

The full text of the IATF 160-B resolution may be accessed through this link. For further inquiries on entry regulations, please e-mail

Categories of Foreign Nationals (FNs) Allowed to Travel to the PH

  Categories Requirements for Entry into PH
1 Diplomats and members of international organizations and their dependents Valid 9(e) visa
Valid 47(a)(2) visa (issued to those performing diplomatic functions)
2 Filipino dual citizens Proof of Philippine citizenship
3 Fully vaccinated nationals of countries that are part of the EO 408 list (effective 10 Feb 2022) Visa-free entry;
Requirements stated in Section II above
4 Foreign nationals and permanent visa holders with valid and existing visas at the time of entry (9(c) and long-term visa holders) Valid 9(c) visa
Valid 13(a) visa
Valid long-term visa
5 Foreign nationals allowed entry under the Balikbayan Program (RA6768), provided they are nationals from non-visa required countries under EO 408 (former Filipino citizens, together with foreign spouses and children who are travelling with them; Foreign spouses and children of Filipino citizens, who are travelling with their Filipino principals) Proof of filiation
Visa-free for EO 408 countries;
Valid visa for countries not part of EO 408
6 Fully vaccinated foreign nationals from non-EO 408/restricted or visa-required countries with spouses and children who are Filipino citizens Valid 9(a) visa
Proof of filiation
Requirements for visa application
7 Foreign nationals eligible for 9(g) and 47(a)(2) visa Valid 9(g) visa
Valid 47(a)(2) visa
8 Foreign nationals duly endorsed by a Philippine government agency Valid 9(a) visa
Valid entry exemption document
9 Foreign seafarers for the purpose of crew change Valid crew list visa


  1. Only fully-vaccinated foreign nationals (except for minors 12 years old and below) with sufficient proof of vaccination will be allowed entry into the Philippines.
  2. Click HERE for visa requirements for those granted entry exemptions under current IATF Regulations.
  3. Foreign spouses, and children of Filipino citizens (category 6), whether or not travelling with their Filipino principals, may apply for a 9(a) visa at the Embassy, subject to submission of application requirements. Applicants may submit the complete requirements through e-mail at Please note that the Embassy will not process incomplete requirements.
  4. Foreign nationals from visa-required countries seeking entry exemption for government and private businesses in the Philippines should secure an endorsement from the appropriate Philippine national government agency. The endorsing agency must submit their entry exemption request directly to DFA-Office of Consular Affairs (OCA).
  5. Foreign nationals from visa-free countries who wish to stay in the Philippines for more than 30 days can either (a) request an extended stay at the Bureau of Immigration upon arrival in the Philippines; or (b) secure an endorsement from the appropriate Philippine national government agency and secure a 9(a) visa that will allow them to stay for a maximum of 59 days. The endorsing Philippine national agency must submit their entry exemption request directly to DFA-Office of Consular Affairs (OCA).
  6. For protocols for arrival in the Philippines, please check this advisory. For further information on quarantine, testing procedures and international vaccination certificates, please visit the Bureau of Quarantine website at or fill out their Contact Us page.

For further inquiries or clarifications, concerned foreign nationals may send an email to

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