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ADVISORY NO. 28/2021

REVISED TEMPORARY TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS PLACE ONE MORE COUNTRY IN THE RED LIST

Further to Advisory Nos. 21, 24, 25 and 27, 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 by virtue of IATF Resolution No. 152 and IATF Resolution No. 153 dated 02 and 09 December 2021, respectively:

  1. The issuance of tourist visas to, and the visa-free entry to the Philippines of, foreign nationals remain  SUSPENDED. 
  2. The testing and quarantine protocols will depend on whether the passenger’s country of origin is a “Red List” country, or is “not classified as a Red List” country.
  3. 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 were placed in the "Red List” and the entry of passengers from these countries is not allowed.  Effective 12 December 2021, Portugal shall be placed in the “Red List”, and the entry of passengers from Portugal shall not be allowed starting on 15 December 2021.

The following revised temporary travel restrictions shall be observed by arriving passengers coming from countries of origin in the “Red List”, and all other countries of origin:

Overview of Travel Restrictions

Country of Origin

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

Not classified as a Red List country

Facility-based  quarantine  until the release of their negative test results for an  RT-PCR test taken on the fifth (5th) day, afterwards home quarantine until their fourteenth (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 test results for an RT-PCR test 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 country

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.

The testing and quarantine protocols of minors shall follow the testing and quarantine protocols of their accompanying guardians / parents, regardless of the minor’s vaccination status.  Regardless of country of origin, children below 3 years of age are exempted from the requirement of presenting a negative RT-PCR test result before boarding the flight, unless they are symptomatic.

Passengers who arrive and are admitted before 15 December 2021 shall complete the testing and follow the quarantine protocols in effect at the time of their arrival.

Filipino nationals returning via government-initiated repatriation, non-government-initiated repatriation, and Bayanihan flights are allowed entry subject to a fourteen (14) day quarantine.  They may enter the country only through the Ninoy Aquino International Airport or Clark International Airport.

For travelers from countries in the "Red List", 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 allowedOnly 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.
  • Filipino nationals who are fully vaccinated are required to have a negative RT-PCR test result taken 72 hours before departure from the country of origin.  They shall undergo a facility-based quarantine with an RT-PCR test taken on the fifth (5th) day. Regardless of a negative result, they shall undergo home quarantine until the fourteenth (14th) day).
  • Individuals who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated or whose vaccination status cannot be verified, are required to have a negative RT-PCR test result taken 72 hours before departure from the country of origin.  They shall undergo a mandatory ten (10) day facility-based quarantine with an RT-PCR test taken on the seventh (7th) day. Regardless of a negative result, they shall observe home quarantine until the fourteenth (14th) day.
  • Persons who have been to Portugal within fourteen (14) days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines, who arrive on or after 12 December 2021 but before 0001 H of 15 December 2021, shall be required to  undergo the testing and quarantine protocols as described above
  • Notwithstanding the foregoing, passengers who arrived and have been admitted before 15 December 2021, and are undergoing quarantine, shall complete their respective testing and quarantine protocols.
  • All passengers, whether Filipino nationals or foreigners, merely transiting through countries classified under the Red List 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, 10 December 2021.

(Per IATF Resolution No. 153 dated 09 December 2021)