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.
- An individual is considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 if (1) Two weeks have already passed after 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 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: (1) 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. (2) 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). (3) 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 BOQ-issued ICV.
- For foreign nationals, a negative PCR Test shall be required to be take within 72 hours prior to departure from the country of origin. Upon arrival, no facility based quarantine will be required but the foreign national should self-monitor for any symptoms until the 14th day with the first day being the date of arrival.
- For Filipinos, whether Overseas Filipino Workers or non-Overseas Filipino Workers, either of the following depending on the choice of the arriving traveler: (1) Facility based quarantine until the release of a negative PCR test taken in the quarantine facility upon arrival. (2) When a negative PCR test was taken within 72 hours prior to departure from the country of origin, no facility based quarantine will be required but the traveler should self-monitor for any symptoms until the 14th day with the first day being the date of arrival.
- Unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or individuals whose vaccination status cannot be independently verified/confirmed by Philippine Authorities as valid and authentic, travelling from "Green" or "Yellow" listed countries, will be required to undergo a facility-based quarantine until the release of their negative PCR test taken on the 7th day. The travel will then be required to undergo home quarantine until their 14th day.
• Inbound travelers who have been fully vaccinated in the Philippines (regardless of travel history) and those vaccinated abroad (who stayed exclusively in “Yellow” countries/jurisdictions in the past 14 days preceding arrival) are governed by the following guidelines:
- Fully vaccinated travelers need to undergo facility based quarantine until the release of their negative PCR test taken on the 5th day. After which, they are required to undergo home quarantine until their 10 day. Travelers are required to secure their own pre-booked accommodation of at least six days.
- Unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or individuals whose vaccination status cannot be independently verified/confirmed by Philippine authorities as valid and authentic coming from “Yellow” List countries/jurisdictions/territories, must undergo facility-based quarantine until the release of their negative PCR Test taken on the 7th day. After which, they must undergo home quarantine until their 14th day, with the day of arrival being the first day. The traveler must secure their own pre-booked accommodation of at least eight days; Quarantine and COVID Testing:
• 14-day quarantine 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 above);
- 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.
• Filipinos arriving from travel-restricted "red-listed" countries under the 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.
• Unvaccinated travelers who are traveling from or have been in a “yellow-list” country within 14 days of intended arrival must:
- Undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival; the first 10 days must be carried out at a designated facility.
- Take a 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; however, the first 10 days must be completed at a quarantine facility even with a negative test result.
- Countries not listed in either the green or red list are automatically included in the yellow list.
• 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 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.
• Other Entry Requirements:: 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 email@example.com.
• 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.
• Pilot implementation of the new Alert Level Systems for COVID-19 Response in the National Capital Region (NCR) features new Community Quarantine Classifications for dealing with COVID19 covering entire cities and/or municipalities including the imposition of granular lockdown measures. The Alert Levels range from Level 1 through Level 5 in order of increasingly strict controls. A “granular lockdown” refers to a micro-level quarantine for areas identified as “critical zones” by the Local Government Unit (LGU) which may be declared regardless of Alert Level.
• Until at least October 31, 2021, the National Capital Region (NCR) will be under Alert Level 3.
• The following areas are currently under MECQ:
- Apayao, Kalinga, Batanes, Bulacan, Bataan, Cavite, Rizal, Laguna, Naga City, Zamboanga City, and Zamboanga Del Norte until at least October 31, 2021.
• The following areas are currently under GCQ:
- Abra, Baguio City, Ilocos Sur, Pangasinan, Cagayan, Isabela, City of Santiago, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Quezon, Batangas, Bacolod City, Capiz, Lapu-Lapu City, Negros Oriental, Bohol, Zamboanga Del Sur, Misamis Oriental, Cagayan De Oro City, Davao Del Norte, Davao Occidental, Davao De Oro, Butuan City, and Surigao Del Sur until at least October 31, 2021.
- Ilocos Norte, Dagupan City, Ifugao, Benguet, Tarlac, Lucena City, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Puerto Princesa, Marinduque, Albay, Camarines Norte, Aklan, Antique, Guimaras, Negros Occidental, Iloilo City, Iloilo Province, Cebu City, Cebu Province, Mandaue City, Siquijor, Tacloban City, Zamboanga Sibugay, Misamis Occidental, Iligan City, Davao City, Davao Oriental, Davao Del Sur, General Santos City, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Agusan Del Norte, Agusan Del Sur, Surigao Del Norte, Dinagat Islands, Cotabato City, and Lanao Del Sur until at least October 31, 2021.
• The rest of the country will be under MGCQ.
• 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.
- All Bureau of Immigration (BI) offices in NCR will operate from 0800H to 1700H and will continue to adopt a skeleton workforce up to a maximum of 50% operational capacity, fur the duration of the GCQ.
- The BI requires appointments to be made online (via their online appointment system). 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 canceled.
• 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 traveling 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 traveling with the principal Philippine national, may be allowed entry to the Philippines without need of 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 need of 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 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).
• 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 October 31, 2021: Romania.
• 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 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.
• 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.
• Additional Notes: 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; the 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; unvaccinated children aged 12 and over will need to present a negative test result as described below according to the country code; countries on the “green” list: countries in the European space (European Union, Andorra, the Holy See, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland), Albania, Australia, Bahrain, Bosnia, Brunei, Canada, Comoros Islands, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine, the United States and Vanuatu; if you are not vaccinated you must present upon boarding, each traveller aged 11 years or older must present a negative PCR or antigenic test taken less than 72 hours before the flight; if you are travelling from Cyprus, Greece, Spain, the Netherlands, or Portugal, your test must be taken less than 24 hours before the flight; if you have previously contracted COVID-19, instead of a negative test result you may present a certificate of recovery dated more than 11 days and less than 6 months prior to the date of arrival; a certificate of recovery is a document issued to persons who have contracted COVID-19, upon presentation of a positive RT-PCR or antigenic test; this will not apply to: trips by residents of cross-border areas (border within a 30 km radius of your residence, and for a duration of less than 24 hours); work-related trips, the urgent or frequent nature of which makes them incompatible with these tests;trips by hauliers carrying out their work; to avail of the exemptions above, you must have a document proving the reasons for your trip; countries on the “red” list: Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Maldives, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Russia, Seychelles, South Africa, Suriname, and Tunisia. Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Sri Lanka, Uruguay and Zambia have been removed from the red list ; if you are not vaccinated you can only travel to France if you have pressing grounds for travel with a certificate of international travel and and each traveller aged 11 years or older must present a negative PCR or antigenic test taken less than 48 hours before the flight or a certificate of recovery from COVID 19 after a positive RT-PCR or Antigenic test dated more than 11 days and less than 6 months prior to date of arrival; you will be tested when you arrive in France and you will be subject to a mandatory 10-day quarantine supervised by security forces: countries on the “orange” list: every country in the world, except those on the green list and red list mentioned above; if you are not vaccinated you can only travel to France if you have pressing grounds for travel and each traveller aged 11 years or older must present a negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours before departure or a negative antigenic test taken less than 48 hours before departure; if you are arriving from the United Kingddom, the PCR or antigenic test must have been taken less than 24 hours before departure; if you have previously had COVID 19 instead of a negative test result you may present a certificate of recovery dated more than 11 days and less than 6 months prior to the date of arrival.
• 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?