COVID-19 Reopening Matrix
Quarantine RequiredCOVID-19 Testing Requirements Vaccinated or Recovered Travelers
• Inbound travelers who have been fully vaccinated in the Philippines (regardless of travel history) and those vaccinated abroad (who stayed exclusively in "Green" countries/jurisdictions in the past 14 days preceding arrival) are governed by the following guidelines:
- "Green" countries/jurisdictions are those classified by the Department of Health as "Low Risk" countries/jurisdictions based on disease incidence rate .
- For travelers coming from countries/territories/jurisdictions under the "Green" listed countries: For fully vaccinated individuals: A negative RT-PCR test conducted within 48hours prior to departure from country of origin will be required. Upon arrival, they shall no longer be required to observe mandatory facility-based quarantine but shall self-monitor for any sign or symptom for 7 days with the first day being the date of arrival.
- For travelers coming from countries/territories/jurisdictions under the "Yellow" listed countries: For fully vaccinated individuals: A negative RT-PCR test conducted within 48 hours prior to departure from country of origin will be required. Upon arrival, they must undergo facility-based quarantine with an RT- PCR test taken on the 5th day, with the date of arrival being the first day. After which, they must be required to undergo home quarantine until the 7th day from the date of arrival.
- An individual is considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 if: two weeks have passed after having the second dose in a two-dose series or more than two weeks have passed after receiving a single-dose vaccine; and the vaccines administered to the individual are included in either the Philippine Food and Drug Administration Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) List or through a Compassionate Special Permit (CSP) or Emergency Use Listing of the World Health Organization.
- A fully vaccinated individual must carry the following as proof of their vaccination status: For Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their spouse, parent/s, and/or children traveling with them: a Certification from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in the country of origin; For Filipinos and foreign nationals fully vaccinated in the Philippines: either their VaxCertPH digital vaccination certificate or BOQ-issued International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICV) or the digital certificate of the foreign government where they were vaccinated, which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement unless otherwise permitted by the IATF; For non-OFWs and foreign nationals fully vaccinated abroad: the national digital certificate of the foreign government which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement or BOQissued ICV; and In lieu of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office certification, OFWs and their spouse, children, parent/s traveling with them vaccinated abroad may present their digital/physical vaccination certificate of the foreign government where they were vaccinated without the need of a reciprocity agreement
• The National COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate of the following countries must be accepted/recognized for purposes of arrival quarantine protocols as well as for interzonal/intrazonal movement (in addition to other countries/jurisdictions/territories whose proofs of vaccination is already approved by the IAFT for recognition in the Philippines): Australia, Austria, Czech Republic, Georgia, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Turkey, and Samoa. Non-vaccinated Travelers
• For travelers coming from countries/territories/jurisdictions under the "Green" listed countries:
- Individuals who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or whose vaccination status cannot be independently validated – a negative RT-PCR test conducted within 48 hours prior to departure from the country of origin will be required. Upon arrival, they must undergo facility-based quarantine with an RT-PCR test taken on the 5th day, with the date of arrival being the first day. After which, they shall selfmonitor for any symptoms until the 14th day from the date of arrival.
• For travelers coming from countries/territories/jurisdictions under the "Yellow" listed countries:
- Individuals who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or whose vaccination status cannot be independently validated – a negative RT-PCR test conducted within 48 hours prior to departure from the country of origin will be required. Upon arrival, they must undergo facility-based quarantine with an RT-PCR test taken on the 7th day, with the date of arrival being the first day. Once with a negative result, they may be released for completion of home quarantine up to the 14th day from the date of arrival. Quarantine Requirements
• Foreign nationals are only allowed to enter the Philippines subject to the following conditions:
- They hold a valid and existing visa at the time of entry, except for those qualified under the Balikbayan program (see above);
- They have a pre-booked accommodation in an accredited quarantine hotel/facility (if applicable);
- They are subject to COVID-19 testing at the quarantine hotel/facility; and
- They are subject to the maximum capacity of inbound passengers at the port and date of entry.
• Travelers to Davao (DVO) must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 test result issued at least 72 hours before departure.
• COVID-19 test upon entry for all travelers (at the traveler's own expense).
• General health assessment upon entry for all travelers.
• Filipinos arriving from travel-restricted "red-listed" countries under the repatriation program of the government must undergo a 14-day facility-based quarantine from the date of arrival in the Philippines.
• Filipinos arriving from travel restricted countries under non-Philippine Government Repatriations will be required to:
- Present a negative COVID-19 PCR test, taken within 48 hours prior to boarding the aircraft or vessel; and
- Undergo a 14-day facility-based quarantine from the date of arrival in the Philippines.
• All entering and departing passengers must complete Health Declaration and Passenger Locator forms online.
• Filipinos returning on repatriation or Bayanihan flights may be allowed to enter the country if they:
- Undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival, with the first 10 days carried out at a designated facility.
- Take a COVID-19 PCR test on the seventh day of quarantine. If the test results are negative, individuals may finish the quarantine at home or another suitable location.
• Passengers who only transited through a red-list country will be allowed to enter the Philippines, provided they meet other entry requirements.
• Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE):
- Visitors are not allowed at office premises and other filing offices without confirmed email appointments. Filings should be made electronically as much as possible. There is a limit of 30 applications per day.
• Department of Justice (DOJ):
- While the community quarantine is in effect, government agencies in the Philippines operate with shorter work hours and limited manpower. Delays should be expected for application filings and processing.
- All Bureau of Immigration (BI) offices in NCR operate from 7:00 to 17:30 and will continue to use a skeleton workforce of a minimum of 50% up to a maximum of 70% operational capacity.
- The BI requires appointments to be made online (via their online appointment system) for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated clients. Fully vaccinated clients are exempted from the online appointment system and will be required to present to the security personnel their vaccination card/certification prior to entry.
- Face-to-face transactions in the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Head Office are on an appointment basis only.
- Longer processing times for application filings at PEZA offices due to the pre-evaluation requirement of online submissions before physical filings. Slower application processing times are to be expected during the imposition of the community quarantine.
• Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA):
- While the community quarantines are in effect, the Consular Offices (COs) of the DFA in Metro Manila (including the Office of Consular Affairs in Aseana, Parañaque City), Antipolo, Dasmariñas, Malolos and San Pablo will have skeleton work teams to attend to emergency or urgent cases only. VISA SUSPENSIONS
• Suspension of the Temporary Visa Upon Arrival (TV-VUA) program for Mainland Chinese nationals until further notice.
• Entry visa issuance to all foreign nationals entering the Philippines has been suspended. Visas previously issued (but not yet used to enter the Philippines) are deemed canceled.
• Visa-free entry privileges for all eligible foreign nationals have been suspended. Travel Restrictions
• Individuals, regardless of vaccination status, who are entering from or have been in a red-list country within 14 days of intended arrival cannot enter the Philippines.
- The following countries are under the "Red-List" until at least January 31, 2022: Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Canada, Curacao, French Guiana, Iceland, Malta, Mayotte, Mozambique, Puerto Rico (U.S.), Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Spain, and U.S. Virgin Islands.
• The following categories of individuals can enter the Philippines:
- Filipino citizens, including those with Identification Certificates (IC) as proof of recognition as a Filipino citizen or as proof of retention/reacquisition of Philippine citizenship under RA 9225, can return to the Philippines.
- Balikbayan under RA 6768. Foreign nationals may be allowed entry under the Balikbayan Program (RA 6768), provided they are nationals from non-visa required countries under EO 408:
- Former Filipino citizens, with their foreign spouses and children, regardless of age, who are traveling with them.
- Filipino citizens' spouses and children, regardless of age, who are traveling with them.
- Foreign national spouses, children and parent/s in possession of 9(a) visas, who are not traveling with the principal Philippine national, may be allowed entry to the Philippines without the need for a DFA-issued Travel Ban Exemption (TBE) at the time of arrival into the Philippines.
- Foreign spouses, parents and children of Filipino citizens only, whether or not traveling with said Filipino citizen, can now obtain 9(a) visas issued by Foreign Service Posts (FSPs) without requiring an entry exemption document (TBE).
- Foreign nationals with valid and existing Philippine visas.
- Foreign nationals with valid and existing Special Resident Retiree's Visa (SRRV) may be allowed entry without the entry exemption document (TBE).
- Foreign nationals with valid and existing Section 9(a) visas if they present, upon arrival, an entry exemption document (TBE) issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs.
- Arriving passengers who are fully vaccinated in the Philippines provided they are authorized to enter the country under the relevant resolutions of the IATF.
• The number of inbound Filipinos and exempted foreign nationals are subject to the arrival quota set by the Department of Transportation (DOTr)
• Beginning February 16, 2022, proof of full vaccination shall be made a requirement for entry of all foreign nationals allowed to enter the Philippines.
- An individual is considered as fully vaccinated: More than or equal to 2 weeks after having received the second dose in a 2-dose series, or More than or equal to 2 weeks after having received a single-dose vaccine
- The vaccines administered are included in any of the following: Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) List or Compassionate Special Permit (CSP) issued by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration; or Emergency Use Listing of the World Health Organization
- Foreign Nationals must have the following proofs of vaccination against COVID-19 recognized under existing IATF regulations: World Health Organization International Certificates of Vaccination and Prophylaxis; VaxCertPH; or National/State digital certificate of the foreign government which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement unless otherwise permitted by the IATF.
- Exceptions to the requirement that all passengers to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane/vessel to the Philippines are limited to the following: Children below 18 years of age; People medically unable to receive the vaccine, as certified by a competent public health authority in the country/port of origin; and Foreign diplomats and their qualified dependents/9(e) visa holders OUTBOUND TRAVEL
• Filipino nationals:
• International travel out of the country is permitted for all Filipinos, subject to certain conditions. These include:
- Submission of confirmed round-trip tickets and adequate travel and health insurance to cover travel disruptions and hospitalization;
- Execution of a Bureau of Immigration Declaration acknowledging the risks involved in traveling, including risk of delay in their return trip, to be provided at the check-in counters by the airlines;
- Whenever required by the country of destination or the airline, a negative COVID-19 test result taken in accordance with the health and safety protocols of such destination country or airline; and
- Upon return, they must follow the Guidelines of the National Task Force (NTF) for Returning Overseas Filipinos.
• Outbound travel by Filipino nationals to jurisdictions where travel restrictions remain in place is still prohibited.
• Foreign nationals:
- Exiting foreign nationals with pending ACR I-Card applications may present proof of their ACR I-Card Waiver filing receipt to the Immigration Officer at the port of departure.
• Long-term visa holders (including 47(a)(2) Visa and ROHQ Visa holders) must obtain a Travel pass from the Bureau of Immigration – Main Office at least seven days prior to departure from the Philippines.
• Services currently offered include:
- Virtual, with limited face-to-face interaction.
- Lease checks
- Check in/out: prior to move-in, the unit has been pre-inspected; latest health or medical certification of all incoming occupants which will state that occupant/s was never a suspected or probable case individual/s and has never been identified as positive COVID -19 case individual/s, if identified, submit result of negative RT-PCR as per DOH standard; mandatory wearing of facemask, body temperature screening and use of foot bath.
- Timelines (normal)
- Market availability; mobility is limited to verify available properties.
• Additional services available include:
- Needs assessment calls.
- Share housing market information.
- Share sample properties online.
- Conduct lease contract reviews and negotiation.
- Coordinate and assist in utilities set-up such as internet and cable.
- Provide school information.
- Coordinate temporary housing bookings.
- Provide information on bank accounts opening requirements.
- Provide information on local registration requirements.
• Yes. It is limited as some have been designated as quarantine facilities, while some have opted to extend the restriction of new bookings.
SchoolsSecondary schools are open.
• Travel within overseas territories is opening but each territory sets its own conditions and restrictions.
• If you are vaccinated you are not subject to any health measures. Only vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will be accepted, i.e. Pfizer (Comirnaty), Moderna, AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria) and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen); Covishield is now an approved vaccine; the dosing must be as follows; one week after the second shot for two-shot vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Covishield); four weeks after the shot for one-shot vaccines (Johnson & Johnson); one week after the shot for vaccines administered to people who have already had COVID require only one dose; you also must present a sworn declaration that you have no symptoms of COVID 19 and no known exposure to anyone with a confirmed case within 14 days prior to your journey whether you are vaccinated or not.
• These measures applicable to vaccinated adults also apply to any minors accompanying them, whether they are vaccinated or not. You can therefore travel with your underage children, whether they are vaccinated or not, and they will not need to self-isolate.
• Trains: Operational but with passenger riding capacity.
• Buses: Operational in some areas but with passenger riding capacity.
• Taxis: Operational.
Household GoodsSurvey (Video/In-person)
Packing/Delivery Services (After Customs Clearance) Available?
Yes depends on location and subject to management restrictions (Metro Manila under General Community quarantine with restrictions until October 15th 2021). Curfew hours from 10pm to 4 am. Delay in customs clearance procedure due to skeletal force at the Bureau of Customs.
• Normal Service: except delays in clearance due to skeleton staff at airport and ports.
• Air: Reduced Services and cancellation of some routes at very short notice.
• Sea: Reduced Services and cancellation of some routes at very short notice.
• Limited service; inter-island and cities requres permit to travel.
Can packing/delivery take place without customer, or nominated representative?