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ADVISORY NO. 27/2021

REVISED TEMPORARY TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS DUE TO THE NEW CORONA VIRUS VARIANT

 

Further to Advisory Nos. 21, 24  and 25, the Embassy wishes to announce to the traveling public that in view of the new Covid-19 variant B.1.1.529,  the following  border control measures are in place effective immediately until 15 December 2021, by virtue of IATF Resolution No. 151-A dated 28 November 2021:

  1. The issuance of tourist visas to, and the visa-free entry to the Philippines of, foreign nationals remain  SUSPENDED. 
  2. IATF Resolution No. 150-A allowing the entry of fully vaccinated nationals of non-visa required countries under Executive Order No. 408 coming from Green List countries / jurisdictions / territories is temporarily suspended
  3. Effective immediately, the testing and quarantine protocols for countries / jurisdictions / territories classified as "Green" are temporarily suspended.  The testing and quarantine protocols for all inbound international travelers in all ports of entry shall be the testing and quarantine protocols for "Yellow List" countries.
  4. Effective 28 November 2021 and in addition to South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini and Mozambique, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium and Italy shall be placed in the "Red List”.

The following revised temporary travel restrictions shall be observed by arriving passengers coming from countries of origin that are classified as low risk (Green List), moderate risk (Yellow List) and high risk (Red List) countries:

 

Overview of Travel Restrictions

Country of Origin Listed Under

Country of Origin Risk Level

Vaccination / Testing Status of Passenger

Fully vaccinated, with negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure from country of origin

Unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or unverifiable vaccination status, or fully vaccinated but no negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure from country of origin

Green List

 

low risk

Same as Yellow List

Same as Yellow List

Yellow List

moderate risk

Facility-based quarantine until the release of their negative RT-PCR testing taken on the third (3rd) day, afterwards self-monitoring until their tenth (14th) day,

or if without a negative pre-departure test, facility-based quarantine  until the release of their negative RT-PCR testing taken on the fifth (5th) day, afterwards home quarantine until their tenth (14th) day

Foreign nationals must secure their own pre-booked accommodation of at least six (6) days.

Facility-based quarantine until the release of their negative RT-PCR testing taken on the seventh (7th) day, afterwards home quarantine until their fourteenth (14th) day.

Foreign nationals must secure their own pre-booked accommodation of at least eight (8) days.

Red List

high risk

Foreign nationals are not allowed to enter if coming from or having been to “Red List” countries / jurisdictions / territories within the last fourteen (14) days prior to arrival in any port of the Philippines, regardless of vaccination status.

Those who are merely transiting through “Red List” countries are not deemed to be coming from or having been to “Red List” countries.

Filipino nationals returning via government-initiated repatriation, non-government-initiated repatriation, and Bayanihan flights are allowed entry subject to a fourteen (14) day quarantine.

 

For travelers from countries newly classified as "Red", the following protocols shall be in place:

  • The inbound international travel of all persons, regardless of vaccination status coming from or having been to "Red List" countries / jurisdictions / territories within the last fourteen (14) days prior to arrival at any any port of the the Philippines shall not be allowed.  Only Filipinos returning to the country via government-initiated repatriation, non-government-initiated repatriation, and Bayanihan Flights may be allowed entry subject to the prevailing entry, testing and quarantine protocols for "Red List" countries / jurisdictions / territories.
  • Persons already in transit and all those who have been to the countries / jurisdictions / territories above-mentioned within fourteen (14) days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines, who arrived before 0001 H of November 30, 2021, shall not be subject to this restriction from entry, but shall nevertheless be required to undergo facility-based quarantine for fourteen (14) days with testing on the seventh day, with day 1 being the date of arrival, notwithstanding a negative RT-PCT test result.
  • Notwithstanding the foregoing, passengers who have already arrived prior to 28 November 2021 and are currently undergoing quarantine pursuant to the classification of their country of origin, as the case may be, shall complete their respective testing and quarantine protocols.
  • All passengers, whether Filipino nationals or foreigners, merely transiting through the above-mentioned countries shall not be deemed as having come from or having been to said country if they stayed in the airport the whole time and were not cleared for entry into such territory by its immigration authorities.  Upon arrival in the Philippines, they shall comply with existing testing and quarantine protocols.

In view of the rapid changes in border control measures being implemented by the Philippines, including the possible inclusion of further European countries in the “Red List” on short notice,  all those who have travel plans are encouraged to closely monitor the Embassy Advisory pages for the latest updates to avoid undue inconvenience, even if they already have valid visas to the Philippines.

The Embassy seeks the understanding of the traveling public for these measures to effectively prevent the spread of the infection.

 

Warsaw, 29 November 2021.

(Per IATF Resolution 151-A dated 28 November 2021)