COVID-19 Reopening Matrix
• 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 as listed here.
- An individual is considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 if: (1) Two weeks have passed since having the second dose in a 2-dose series or more than two weeks have passed having received a single-dose vaccine. (2) The vaccines administered to the individual are included in either the Philippine Foodand 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: (1) Travelers fully vaccinated in the Philippines: must carry their vaccination card which should be verified prior to departure by a certification issued through the Certificate of Vaccination Record Portal of the Department of information and Communications Technology or the City Health Officer of the local government unit which administered the full vaccination. (2) Travelers fully vaccinated in countries/jurisdictions outside the Philippines: must carry their official documentation of full vaccination validated through the Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLO), or present their International Certificate of Vaccination, whichever is applicable. (3) The aforementioned documents must be presented to the dedicated Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) representative for re-verification at the Department of Transportation One-Stop-Shop (OSS) upon arrival in the Philippines.
• All arriving fully vaccinated travelers will be required to undergo a 7-day facility based quarantine upon arrival, with the day of arrival being the first day. PCR testing will be required on the fifth day of the facility-based quarantine. In case of a positive PCR test result, the individual shall follow the prescribed isolation protocols.
• Upon completion of the 7-day facility-based quarantine, the BOQ will issue a Quarantine Certificate indicating the individual's vaccination status.
• 14-day quarantine reqired for all entrants, with the first 10 days spent in a quarantine facility. A COVID19 PCR test is conducted on the 7th day. The 10-day facility quarantine must be completed even with a negative result. The remaining four days of quarantine can be spent at home/residence.
• 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 immigration section).
- They have a pre-booked accommodation for at least ten days in an accredited quarantine hotel/facility.
- They are subject to COVID-19 testing at the quarantine hotel/facility on the seventh day from the date of arrival.
- 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.
• 14-day quarantine at a designated government facility for Filipino citizens entering from Bangladesh, Indonesia, India, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates.
• Filipino citizens and foreign nationals transiting through India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Oman and the United Arab Emirates must have stayed in the airport and not have been cleared for entry into these countries by the immigration authorities; and they must comply with the existing testing and quarantine protocols.
• Filipinos arriving from travel-restricted countries under repatriation program of the government must undergo an absolute 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 PCR test, taken within 48 hours prior to boarding the aircraft or vessel;
- Undergo an absolute 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.
• Long-term visa holders (including 47(a)2 Visa and ROHQ Visa holders) must obtain a Travel Pass applied for at the Bureau of Immigration – Main Office (at least seven days prior to their departure from the Philippines)
• Returning long-term visa holders on a Travel Pass must inform the government of their return within three days from arrival in the Philippines by sending electronic copies of their passport ID page, visa sticker or visa implementation page and immigration arrival stamp to.
• All PEZA-registered enterprises must inform PEZA, through the foreign nationals Unit (PEZA-FNU) by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, regarding the arrival of their foreign nationals, and their respective dependents if any, within 72 hours from entry to the Philippines, for monitoring purposes. Failure to comply may affect requests for endorsements from their company.
• Since March 2020, the Philippines has put in place a series of community quarantines (restrictions on movement), implemented on a local basis, depending on the severity of the Covid-19 situation. From strictest to least strict, the categories of community quarantine range from the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ), the General Community Quarantine (GCQ), and the Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ). For example, the MECQ may result in the closure of businesses and government offices until further notice. Considering the limited operational capacity of all government agencies, delays are expected with processing work permit and visa applications during the community quarantine periods. Movement to and from areas under community quarantine may be limited and alternative arrangements for collection or delivery of documents to/from impacted areas should be utilized.
• Currently under ECQ (until at least July 31, 2021): Iloilo Province, Iloilo City, Cagayan de Oro, and the component City of Gingoog in the province of Misamis Oriental.
• Currently under MECQ (until at least July 31, 2021): Bataan, Cagayan de Oro City, Davao Occidental, Davao de Oro, Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte, and Butuan City.
• Currently under GCQ: National Capital Region, Baguio City, Apayao, Santiago City, Quirino, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, Batangas, Quezon, Puerto Princesa, Guimaras, Negros Occidental, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Norte, Davao Oriental, General Santos City, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Dinagat Island, and Cotabato City are under GCQ until at least July 31, 2021.
- Cagayan, Laguna, Lucena City, Naga City, Negros Oriental, Davao City, Zamboanga del Sur, Antique, and Misamis Oriental are under GCQ with heightened restrictions until at least July 31, 2021.
- Aklan, Bacolod City, and Capiz are under GCQ with heightened restrictions until at least July 22, 2021.
• Currently under MGCQ: The rest of the country remains under MGCQ until at least July 31, 2021.
• 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 will be a limit of 30 applications per day.
• Department of Justice (DOJ): While the community quarantine is in effect, government agencies in the Philippines are operating with shorter work hours and limited manpower. Delays should be expected for application filings and processing.
• Bureau of Immigration (BI): BI offices in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal will operate from 8:00 to 17:00 (local time) and are working with a skeleton workforce up to a maximum of 50 percent operational capacity, or as deemed necessary.
- The BI requires appointments to be made online (via their online appointmentsystem). This will likely result in longer waiting times for application filings at the BI contingent on the online appointment system and slower application processing times, which are to be expected during community quarantine.
- 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.
• 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 cancelled.
• Visa-free entry privileges for all eligible foreign nationals have been suspended.
• Travel Restrictions: 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: (1) Former Filipino citizens, with their foreign spouses and children, regardless of age, who are travelling with them. (2) Filipino citizens’ spouses and children, regardless of age, who are travelling with them. (3) Foreign national spouses, children and parent/s in possession of 9(a) visas, who are not travelling with the principal Philippine national, must present a valid DFA-issued Travel Ban Exemption (TBE) at the time of arrival into the Philippines.
- 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 holders of 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)
• Any entrant must not come, or must not have a travel history within the last 14 days, from countries not allowed to enter the Philippines. Any entrant is also subject to the prevailing Covid19 health and quarantine requirements (see below).
• Entry ban for all travelers coming from or who have been to Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and the United Arab Emirates within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines, until at least July 31, 2021.
• Outbound Travel Restrictions: International travel out of the country is permitted for all Filipinos, subject to certain conditions including:
- 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 travelling, 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.
- 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.
• Exiting foreign nationals with pending ACR I-Card applications may present proof of their ACR ICard 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.
Home SearchServices 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.
Temporary AccommodationsYes. It is limited as some have been designated as quarantine facilities, while some have opted to extend the restriction of new bookings.
• Skeletal workforce to process requirements from students.
• School opening has been pushed back to 5 October though most private and international schools can resume via online classes.
• General Restrictions: Curfew is still in effect from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
• Social: Social distancing of at least one meter should be observed.
• Shops/cafes/restaurants/services such as hairdressers and car garages: restaurants are operational but limited to take out and delivery services only; salons will be allowed to operate starting 7 June, but with limited services only.
• Protocols such as group sizes, masks etc.; gatherings are restricted; required to wear face masks when in public places; frequent sanitation and disinfecting is highly advised.
• Arriving passengers will undergo a swab test by trained personnel from the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ); while awaiting results, passengers will be required to stay in a government-designated stringent quarantine facility or in a BOQ-approved hotel.
• Foreign-nationals will pay for the cost of their accommodation and may choose from among the approved quarantine facilities and hotels.
• Travelers who tested positive will be transferred to a designated hospital for further medical management, while those who tested negative will be allowed to move out and undergo a 14-day quarantine at home or at an appropriate monitoring facility.
• Digitized arrival cards (new paperless travel control systems and procedures aimed to lessen person-to-person contact between officers and passengers and help facilitate contact tracing) will be implemented for passenger monitoring due to COVID-19.
• Some properties require new tenants (who are about to move in) that they undergo a COVID test prior to moving in; a certificate showing a negative result must be presented; to obtain this, some hospitals /medical facilities require that a permit/authorization be secured from the municipal/city hall before taking the test at the facility, while some allow it to be taken without the permit/authorization from municipal/city hall.
• 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?
For Cebu custom clearance still happening but packing and delivery subject to city approval and condo approval
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 needs
permit to travel
Can packing/delivery take place without customer, or nominated representative?