PHILIPPINE ENTRY REGULATIONS BEGINNING 30 MAY 2022
Further to the Embassy’s Public Advisories on the entry regulations into the Philippines, the public is advised that entry regulations into the Philippines beginning 30 May 2022 have been issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases Resolution 168 on 26 May 2022.
All foreign nationals must be fully vaccinated, except only for minor children below twelve (12) years of age traveling with their fully vaccinated foreign parent/s, to enter the Philippines. Proof of full vaccination will be required prior to embarkation at the first port of embarkation and upon entry into the Philippines.
Foreign nationals who are “fully vaccinated” against COVID-19 are those who received the second (2nd) dose of a 2-dose series or a single dose COVID-19 vaccine more than fourteen (14) days prior to the date and time of departure from the country/port of embarkation (“Primary Series COVID-19 Vaccination”).
The following are acceptable as proof of vaccination:
- World Health Organization International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis (WHO Carte Jaune);
- National or state manual/digital vaccination certificate of the country/foreign government;
- Other proof of vaccination permitted by the IATF.
The Certificate of Genesen or Recovery is not accepted in the Philippines.
A negative Reverse Transcription - Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test taken within forty-eight (48) hours, or a remotely supervised, or a laboratory-based rapid antigen negative test result administered and certified by a healthcare professional in a healthcare facility, laboratory, clinic, pharmacy, or other similar establishment taken within twenty-four (24) hours, prior to the date and time of departure from the country of origin/first port of embarkation in a continuous travel to the Philippines, excluding lay-overs; provided, that, he/she has not left the airport premises or has not been admitted into another country during such lay-over, is also required. The following, however, shall be exempted from the pre-departure (RT-PCR / antigen testing) requirement:
- Foreign nationals aged 18 and above who have received primary series COVID-19 vaccine, and at least one (1) COVID-19 booster short.
- Foreign nationals aged 12 to 17 who are “fully vaccinated” as stated above; and
- Foreign nationals aged below 12, regardless of their vaccination status, who are accompanied by their parents or guardians who have been fully vaccinated (“Primary Series COVID-19 Vaccination”) and have received at least one (1) COVID-19 booster shot.
Foreign nationals who fail to fully comply with the conditions and requisites shall be subject to the appropriate exclusion proceedings.
Incoming foreign travellers should have passports valid for a period of at least six (6) months at the time of their arrival to the Philippines.
Except for former Philippine nationals and their foreign spouses and/or children who are travelling with the former Philippine national and availing themselves of the Balikbayan Privilege under Republic Act No. 9174, all other foreign nationals / temporary visitors are required to have valid tickets for their return journey to the port of origin or next port of destination corresponding to their permitted/allowable duration of stay under a valid visa or visa-free entry, as the case maybe.
While travel insurance as an entry requirement for foreign nationals is no longer required, it is highly recommended.
Once admitted into the Philippines, they are no longer required to observe facility-based quarantine but shall self-monitor for any signs or symptoms for seven (7) days.
Foreign Children travelling with Filipino nationals:
A foreign child/ren below twelve (12) years of age who are not vaccinated traveling with their fully vaccinated foreign parent/s must follow the entry, testing, and quarantine protocols of their Filipino parent travelling with them.
A foreign child/ren from ages twelve (12) to seventeen (17) years of age travelling with their Filipino parent, shall follow the protocol based on their vaccination status (i.e., vaccinated or unvaccinated). In the case of their unvaccinated minor children, either foreign or Filipino parents should accompany such child or children during their facility-based quarantine.
Fully vaccinated Filipino nationals:
Filipino nationals may enter the Philippines provided that they comply with the following requirements:
- Fully vaccinated nationals shall carry/possess an acceptable proof of vaccination as indicated above;
- Present a negative RT-PCR test or negative antigen test as indicated above. The following, however, shall be exempted from this pre-departure requirements:
- Filipinos aged 18 and above who have received primary series COVID-19 vaccine, and at least one (1) COVID-19 booster shot;
- Filipinos aged 12 to 17 who are “fully vaccinated” / have received their primary series COVID-19 vaccine;
- Filipinos aged below 12, regardless of their vaccination status, who are accompanied by their parents or guardians who have received primary series COVID-19 vaccine and at least one (1) COVID-19 booster shot.
Unvaccinated, Partially Unvaccinated, or Individuals whose vaccination status cannot be independently validated
- Present a negative Reverse Transcription - Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test taken within forty-eight (48) hours, or a remotely supervised, or a laboratory-based rapid antigen negative test result administered and certified by a healthcare professional in a healthcare facility, laboratory, clinic, pharmacy, or other similar establishment taken within twenty-four (24) hours, prior to the date and time of departure from the country of origin/first port of embarkation in a continuous travel to the Philippines, excluding lay-overs; provided, that, he/she has not left the airport premises or has not been admitted into another country during such lay-over.
- Required to undergo facility-based quarantine until the release of their negative RT-PCR test taken on the fifth (5th) day from date of arrival. After which, they will be required to undergo home quarantine until their fourteenth (14th) day from the date of arrival.
- Unvaccinated individuals undergoing home quarantine will be monitored by the local government units (LGUs) of destination and their respective Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTS).
The requirements for unvaccinated minor Filipino nationals as well as fully-recovered Filipino nationals with positive RT-PCR pre-departure test results are also outlined in the IATF Resolution 168.
The Embassy reiterates its request for the public to carefully read the full text of IATF Resolution 168, which can be viewed from:
All queries regarding vaccination status, vaccination certificate, One Health Pass (https://www.onehealthpass.com.ph/) prior to your arrival in the Philippines, and other queries on vaccination and quarantine must be sent directly to the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) / Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) regarding the One Health Pass. Their details are as follows:
Please be guided accordingly.
Philippine Visa Online Portal
Visa applicants for leisure or business [9(a) visa category] are requested to lodge their application for visa issuance at the Philippine Visa Online Portal (https://www.visa.gov.ph/).
In view of the current global health situation, the online portal only accommodates applications for Single Entry 9(A) Temporary Visitors Visa valid for three (3) months.
The portal is for the INITIAL submission of the visa application ONLY. Submitting the application form through the portal does NOT mean that the visa is already in process.
Once the applicant has submitted his/her application through this portal, the applicant must send the signed generated Non-Immigrant Visa application form to the following by the registered mail (Einschreiben):
The Philippine Embassy
The duly-signed generated form must be accompanied by the following documentary requirements based on your category:
- Original and one (1) copy of Passport/Travel Document Valid for at least six (6) months beyond the intended period of stay in the Philippines;
- Letter of Invitation from the sponsoring company or agency (if applicable);
- Photocopy of airline ticket with portion indicating return travel or onward travel to another country or a travel confirmation from the travel agency. Note: under the IATF regulations, foreign travellers not eligible to avail themselves of the Balikbayan visa privilege must posses a return ticket to the port of origin or next port of destination not later than 30 days from the time of arrival in the Philippines;
- Copy of Swiss Residency Permit (for visa-required nationals only);
- Cash payment of CHF40.00 (inclusive of expedite fee of CHF10.00); and
- Self-addressed return envelope with CHF 6.50 worth of stamps for the return of the documents to the applicant.
with the visa application.
If you wish to proceed with your visa application, please click the link below: https://www.visa.gov.ph/.
For instructions on how to accomplish the Philippine Visa Online Portal, please click
the link below:
Visas are endorsements denoting that the holder is permitted to proceed to the Philippines.
Nationals from 151 countries (including Switzerland and Liechtenstein) with visa-free privilege can stay in the Philippines for up to 30 days provided that nationals from these countries are in possession of a national passport valid for at least six months and a return ticket to the country of origin or onward ticket to the next country of destination.
A list of the countries eligible for the visa-free privilege may be obtained from the DFA website at www.dfa.gov.ph. Brazil and Israel remain eligible for 59-day visa free entry in line with existing bilateral agreements with the Philippines.
Indian-passport holders may enter the Philippines visa-free for fourteen (14) days, which can be extended by another seven (7) days for a maximum of twenty-one (21) days provided that he is:
1. In possession of a valid US, Japanese, Australian, Canadian, Schengen, Singaporean, or UK visa, or a permanent residence permit;
2. His national passport is valid for at least six (6) months beyond his intended stay in the Philippines;
3. In possession of a return or onward ticket to the next country of destination; and
4. Without derogatory record with the Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI), the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA), and the International Police (Interpol).
The above is implemented at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminals 1, 2, 3, & 4.
Said admission will be non-convertible to other visa categories.
Non-Immigrant Visa (Temporary stay for business and pleasure/ Tourist Visa)
Non-Quota Immigrant Visa
1. Children travelling with parent
A child included in the parent's passport are also required to submit a separate application form, photograph, and visa fee.
2. Waiver of exclusion ground for children below 15
Children who are below 15 years old are required to be accompanied by one or both parents. A child, who is below 15 years old and travelling to the Philippines alone (not accompanied by either parent) or not joining a parent in the Philippines, must obtain a Waiver of Exclusion Ground (WEG).
Please contact the Embassy for the requirements for the issuance of a WEG.
3. Visa validity and maximum period of stay
Tourist visas have a validity of either 3 months, 6 months, or 1 year from the date the visa is issued. The validity period is the time within which the bearer can enter thePhilippines.
Single-Entry Visa valid for three (3) months
This visa will allow the holder a single entry to the Philippines. The holder must enter the Philippines within 3 months from the date the visa was issued. Upon arrival in the Philippines, the Bureau of Immigration may stamp fifty-nine (59) days, allowing the holder to stay for this period (59) days.
Multiple-Entry Visa valid for six (6) months or one (1) year
This visa will allow the holder multiple entry to the Philippines for a period of six (6) months or year beginning on the date the visa was issued and valid for entry for six (6) months or one (1) year.
Every time the holder enters the Philippines, the Bureau of Immigration may stamp fifty-nine (59) days, allowing the holder to stay for this period (59 days). Possession of a multiple-entry visa for six (6) months or one (1) year does not mean that the holder can stay in the Philippines for more than 59 days.
4. Tourists who wish to stay for more than 59 days
Tourists who have entry visas to the Philippines but wish to stay for more than fifty-nine (59) days may extend their stay at the Bureau of Immigration. They may request information regarding extension procedures with the immigration officer at the airport upon arrival in the Philippines.
Filipinos who wish to travel to Switzerland, please contact the Swiss Embassy in Manila at http://www.eda.admin.ch/manila.