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Philippine Entry Restriction Relating to New Covid-19

Latest Philippines travel restrictions and entry regulations.

January 17, 2021

The new COVID-19 variant that was first detected in the United Kingdom in September 2020 is causing some concern. The coronavirus strain is said to spread at a much faster rate and bigger magnitude. The Philippines is one of the countries to enforce restrictions for travelers that have been in the affected countries of the new COVID-19 strain.

The Philippines lifted the travel restrictions on the 36 countries with reported cases of the new Covid-19 variants. Starting February 01, 2021, only foreign nationals who hold the accepted visa can enter the Philippines. More rules may be added to the list. Stay informed via SoldoutNight multichannel customer service.

Who are eligible to enter:

  • Filipino Nationals
  • Foreign Nationals holding any of the visa listed below
  • A national of the country listed here can enter the Philippines visa-free
9(E) Visa HoldersDiplomats accredited to the Philippines including foreign embassies and foreign government and international organization officials
9 (C) Visa HoldersForeign seafarers
13 Series Visa under Immigration ActTemporary Resident Visa – Marriage to Filipino

Temporary Resident Visa – Indian Nationals

Permanent Resident Visa – Chinese nationals married to Filipino citizens

Native-Born Visa – Foreigners born to foreign parent/s with permanent resident status in the Philippines
RA7919 Visa HoldersGranted through Social Integration Program
EO324 Visa HoldersLegal residence granted under EO 324 for qualified foreign nationals
Foreign spouses of Filipino nationalsThe Filipino spouse should be in the Philippines and they have valid visas at the time of entry
Children of Filipino parentForeign minor or foreign children with special needs regardless of age. The Filipino parent should be in the Philippines and they have valid visas at the time of entry.
Parent of Filipino childrenMinor Filipino children or Filipino children with special needs regardless of age. The Filipino children should be in the Philippines and they have valid visas at the time of entry.
RA 8756 Visa HoldersSpecial visa issued by the Bureau of Immigration
47(A)(2) Visa HoldersIssued by the Department of Justice
9(D) Visa HoldersIssued by the Bureau of Immigration
9(G) Visa HoldersThose who departed the Philippines on or after December 17 2020; provided they have a valid visa at the time of entry
Visas issued by:Aurora Pacific Economic Zone, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan, Cagayan Economic Zone Authority and Clark Development Corporation
SIRV HoldersSpecial Investor’s Resident Visa issued under EO 226 (Omnibus Investment Code, as amended) but not under EO 63
Dual Filipino CitizensCarrying foreign passports; provided they possess and present a Recognition Certificate or a Certificate of Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition under RA9225
Filipino Citizen’s foreign Spouses and ChildrenRegardless of age, from non-visa required countries, who are traveling with them, and avails of visa-free entry privileges under RA6768
Former Filipino CitizensIncluding their foreign spouse and children, from non-visa required countries, regardless of age, who are travelling with them, and avails of visa-free entry privileges under RA6768 Balikbayan Program

Eligible Passenger Arrival Guide:

1. All arriving passengers need to register an e-CIF through the Philippine Red Cross website

2. Download, accomplish, and print Affidavit of Undertaking. This will be submitted upon arrival at the airport.

3. Pre-book at an accredited quarantine hotel for at least 7 days. Contact SoldoutNight customer service to help you book a hotel.

4. Download Traze Mobile Application

5. Briefing will be conducted by the Philippine Coast Guard once you arrive at the airport.

6. Go to Private Laboratory Desk for processing of data and payment for the RT-PCR test which amounts to PHP 4,000.

7. On the 3rd day of your quarantine stay, you will receive a health assessment email that needs to be answered no later than 24 hours.

8. On the 5th day of your quarantine stay, you will be contacted to confirm the schedule and location of your RT-PCR test.

9. If the test result is negative, BOQ Health Certificate will be given. This is required should you wish to leave the hotel and continue your 14 day quarantine at home.

10. If the test result is positive, the BOQ shall transfer you to a designated hospital for further medical management. 

What is the difference between Stringent and Mandatory quarantine?

Stringent Quarantine – Passengers showing Covid-19 symptoms or the country of origin are considered ‘high-risk’ by the World Health Organization. Travelers from these countries need to undergo a 14-day stringent quarantine at the accredited Hotel.

Mandatory quarantine – For all other passengers arriving in the Philippines.


1. RT-PCR test and 14-day quarantine accommodation are free for OFWs. Accommodation is subject to availability.

2. Non-OFWs and eligible non-Filipinos need to pay for their RT-PCR test which costs Php 4,000. It can be paid in cash PHP or USD, card, GCash, PayPal™, WeChat Pay, or Alipay. ATMs are also available inside the terminal.

3. Non-OFWs and eligible non-Filipinos will be assigned to a quarantine facility provided by the Philippine government but it is subject to availability of accommodation.

4. If Non-OFWs and eligible non-Filipinos do not want to stay at the assigned quarantine facility, they can book an accredited hotel at their own expense to undergo a 14-day quarantine.

5. In the event that the quarantine facility designated by the Philippine government is in full capacity, non-OFWs and eligible non-Filipinos must shoulder their own accommodation in one of the accredited hotels for the 14-day quarantine.

6. List of accredited Hotels is subject to change. Always contact SoldoutNight customer support for information regarding accredited quarantine facilities. SoldoutNight will be able to offer the best available rates.