A year after a pandemic lockdown was first declared in the Philippines, many are itching to travel, whether to get a break from life at home or to reconnect with loved ones.
In the year that has passed, some travel restrictions have loosened while others are still in place. We break them down for you based on resolutions and pronouncements by the Inter-agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) and its officials.
But on March 16, 2021, the government again imposed new travel restrictions for foreigners and non-OFW returning Filipinos, temporarily suspending their entry into the country.
This means the earlier lifting of restrictions under foreign travel, mentioned below, no longer apply. (Read the March 16, 2021 advisory: PH suspends entry of foreigners, non-OFW returnees)
Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story erroneously said that Filipinos are required a negative RT PCR test 24 hours before departure. This has been corrected.
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