Date Updated

04/13/2021



  • • COVID-19 test upon entry for all travelers; tests are at their own expense

    • General health assessment upon entry for all travelers

    • All travelers are subjected to quarantine and must present a completed case investigation form, available on each consulate’s website; details on quarantine are below:
    - 14-day quarantine at a government facility for returning Filipinos and their accompanying spouse and children, and other travelers exempt from the entry ban, such as holders of 9(e) visas and their dependents
    - 14-day quarantine at a government facility for foreign nationals arriving from a high-risk country or layover (according to World Health Organization standards) and those who are assessed by a health check to have flu-like symptoms (holders of 9(e) visas and their dependents who fit these categories may be allowed to stay in a government-approved hotel quarantine facility of their own choice and expense); those who test negative for COVID-19 can end their facility-based quarantine, provided that they complete the 14 days home quarantine at their respective domicile, residence or appropriate monitoring facilities; those who test positive will be moved to a hospital and monitored, and upon the end of the monitoring must undergo 14-day home quarantine

    • All entering and departing passengers must complete Health Declaration and Passenger Locator forms online

    • Travelers to Davao (DVO) must have a medical certificate with negative COVID-19 test result issued at least 72 hours before departure

    • Long-term visa holders (including 47(a)2 Visa and ROHQ Visa holders) are required to obtain a travel pass by applying from the Bureau of Immigration – Main Office at least seven days prior to departure from the Philippines

    • Returning long-term visa holders on a Travel Pass are required to 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 obs@immigration.gov.ph


  • • The National Capital Region (Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Riza) and the following areas are under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ), a less restrictive measure than the Enhanced Community Quarantine measure (ECQ), until at least 30 April 2021: Quirino Province, City of Santiago, Isabela and Abra

    • The following areas are under General community Quarantine (GCQ) until at least 30 April 2021:
    - Cordillera Administrative Region (except for Abra)
    - Batangas province
    - Tacloban City
    - Iligan City
    - Davao City
    - Lanao del Sur province
    - Quezon province

    • The MECQ may result in closure of businesses and government offices until further notice

    • Considering the limited operational capacity of all government agencies and instrumentalities, delays are expected with the processing of work permit/visa applications during the MECQ

    • Movement to and from areas under the MECQ may be limited and alternative arrangements for collection or delivery of documents to/from outside subject areas should be utilized

    • The rest of the country is under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) until at least 30 April 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; there will be a limit of 30 visa 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
    - The BI Main Office Online Appointment System remains operational
    - All BI offices in areas under MECQ operate from 8:00 to 16:30 (local time) and are working with a skeleton workforce up to a maximum of 50 percent operational capacity as deemed necessary
    - Longer waiting times for application filings at the BI due to the online appointment system and slower application processing times are to be expected during community quarantine
    - Face-to-face transactions in the PEZA Head Office are still temporarily suspended; filings should be made electronically at least until 15 April 2021
    - 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:
    - Until at least 30 April 2021 when the MECQ is effective, 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 which have already been issued (but not yet used to enter the Philippines) are deemed cancelled
    - Visa-free entry privileges for all eligible foreign nationals have been suspended
    - Until at least 21 April 2021, travel restrictions are imposed on most foreign nationals to the Philippines; temporary suspension of travel ban exemption requests during this period Travel Restrictions

    • ENTRY BANS AND EXEMPTIONS

    • All Filipino citizens, whether a returning Overseas Filipino or Overseas Filipino Worker, can return to the Philippines

    • The number of inbound Filipinos and exempted foreign nationals (refer to the below) are subject to the arrival quota set by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) until 21 April 2021

    • Entry ban for foreign nationals entering the Philippines (including those on the basis of visa waiver or visa-exempt status) until further notice, except for the following until 21 April 2021:
    - Diplomats and members of international organizations and their dependents, provided they hold a valid 9(e) visa or 47(a)(2) visa, as the case may be, at the time of entry;
    - Foreign nationals involved in medical repatriation duly endorsed by the Department of Foreign Affairs – Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs (DFA-OUMWA) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), provided that they have a valid visa at the time of entry
    - Foreign seafarers under the “Green Lanes” program for crew change, provided they hold a 9(c) crew list visa at the time of entry
    - Foreign spouses and children of Filipino citizens travelling with them, provided they have valid visas at the time of entry
    - Emergency, humanitarian, and other analogous cases approved by the Chairperson of the NTF COVID-19 or his duly authorized representative, provided the foreign nationals have valid visas at the time of entry

    • OUTBOUND TRAVEL

    • 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 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 exit

    • Long-term visa holders (including 47(a)2 Visa and ROHQ Visa holders) are required to obtain a travel pass by applying from the Bureau of Immigration – Main Office at least seven days prior to departure from the Philippines
  • What services can be offered?

    • 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

    • Negotiations

    • Timelines (normal)

    • Market availability; mobility is limited to verify available properties

    • Additionally:

    • 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, 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 class
  • 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 Inbound passengers:

    • 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


  • • Flights - local flights are available already but GCQ to GCQ areas only, with safety protocols; international inbound flights are available only to returning OFWs; foreign nationals with permanent visas and those married to Filipinos can enter the country provided they have a valid visa in place Outbound flights are restricted; Filipinos with essential travel can leave the country; foreign nationals can leave but it is recommended that they stay in the country while lockdown is in place due to current restrictions of inbound flights

    • Trains: Operational but with passenger riding capacity

    • Buses: Operational in some areas but with passenger riding capacity

    • Taxis: Operational
  • Household Goods

    Survey (Video/In-person)
    • Video

    Packing/Delivery Services (After Customs Clearance) Available?
    For Cebu custom clearance still happening but packing and delivery subject to city approval and condo approval

    Freight Availability/Cost
    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

    Road Availability
    • Limited service; inter-island and cities needs
    permit to travel

    Can packing/delivery take place without customer, or nominated representative?
    • No

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