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General Information on the Entry of Foreigners


The following categories of foreign nationals shall be allowed entry into the Philippines provided they:

  1. Are holders of passports valid for at least six (6) months at the time of arrival;
  2. Have a return or outbound ticket to their country of origin or next country of destination (Balikbayans are exempted from this requirement);
  3. Have any of the following proofs of full/complete vaccination against COVID-19 recognized under existing IATF regulations: (i) World Health Organization International Certificates of Vaccination and Prophylaxis; (ii) VaxCertPH; or (iii) National/state digital certificate of the foreign government which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement (unless otherwise permitted by the IATF);
    Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers need to present a laboratory-administered negative ART test result taken within 24 hours from departure from the country of origin. They also have the option to undergo a laboratory-based antigen test upon arrival at the airport. (Note: Those who test positive for COVID-19 after testing at the airport will have to follow the quarantine procedures that will be advised by the Philippines’ Department of Health.)
    Unvaccinated children aged 14 and below are not required to be vaccinated, but they need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian who complies with their own entry requirements. If they are unvaccinated and traveling on their own, they need to follow the testing requirements for adults.
  4. Have filled out the eTravel Travel Declaration Form. (The eTravel platform is free of charge)
  5. Hold a valid visa OR other documentary requirements stated below:
 Category Visa or other documentary requirements
1. Diplomats and members of International Organizations, and their dependents accredited to the Philippines Valid 9(e) or Valid 47(a)(2) visa issued to those performing diplomatic functions
2. Filipino dual citizens Any of the following of dual citizenship: Valid Philippine Passport, Identification Certificate (IC) or Certification of Retention / Reacquisition of Philippine Citizenship
3. Foreign seafarers Valid 9(c) visa
4. Nationals of countries under Executive Order No. 408 who are entitled to stay in the Philippines for up to 30 days  Visa-free for stay up to 30 days
5. Holders of Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR Passport Visa-free for stay up to 14 days
6. Foreign nationals with valid and existing long-term visas at the time of entry Valid 9(c) visa or
Valid 13(a) visa or
Valid long-term visa (and ACR card)
7. Foreign nationals of countries not listed under E.O. 408 or visa-required nationals Valid 9(a) visa for tourism or business (click HERE for requirements and application details)
8. Foreign nationals allowed entry under Balikbayan Program (RA6768), provided that they are nationals from non-visa required countries under EO 408 and are traveling with their Filipino principal: (a) Former Filipino citizens, together with their foreign spouses and children, regardless of age; and (b) Filipino citizen’s spouses and children, regardless of age. Visa-free for 1 year
9. Chinese nationals travelling for tourism and has a valid American, Japanese, Australian, Canadian or Schengen (AJACS) permanent residence or visa (NOTE: not applicable for business travellers) Visa-free for 7 days
10. Indian nationals travelling for tourism and has a valid American, Japanese, Australian, Canadian, Schengen, Singapore or UK visa or permanent residence (NOTE: not applicable for business travellers) Visa-free for 14 days
11. Holders of valid and existing 9(a) visas with DFA Entry Exemption Document issued prior to 1 April 2022 Valid 9(a) visa
12.  Foreign nationals eligible for 9(g) and 47(a)(2) visas Valid 9(g) visa
Valid 47(a)(2) 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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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