How to Get eTravel Registration Card for Travelers to Philippines

To our kababayan in the Middle East, especially in Dubai, if you are planning to travel back home to the Philippines anytime soon, then you will need to register via the eTravel website. Please take note that the One Health Pass registration is no longer working and the updates version of the arrival card in the Philippines is the eTravel Registration pass.

All inbound travelers, whether foreign or Filipino residents are required to register through the eTravel platform of the Philippines’ government to ensure their safety and protection. This new policy is part of the country’s efforts to improve the security of everyone in the country.

In this post, we will talk about eTravel registration and how it can be used to return Filipinos and international travelers to the Philippines.

E-Travel Registration for Traveling in the Philippines
Screengrab from etravel.gov.ph

What exactly is eTravel card registration?

Foreign visitors could travel from their place of origin to the Local Government Unit (LGU) of their destination in the Philippines by using the eArrival card as a platform for online health declarations and contact tracing. This made it possible for them to visit the Philippines.

The purpose of the eTravel card registration will be comparable to that of the eArrival card; however, it will call for fewer pieces of information, will be easier to finish, and will have a more straightforward user interface. To facilitate a smooth transition, the old website for eArrival card registration will continue to be accessible and accepted.

On December 1, 2022, the government of the Philippines introduced the e-Travel registration, which superseded the previous eArrival card. As a direct result of this, the One Health Pass Website is no longer accessible to the general public as of December 5, 2022.

The Health Declaration Checklist required by the BOQ can also be found on the platform. It comes with an electronic version of the arrival card, which is essential for getting clearance from immigration.

To enter the Philippines after the 2nd of December, travelers will be asked to sign up for a new electronic travel system that the government is implementing.

The implementation of this brand-new electronic travel system is required for every traveler to improve overall travel safety and curtail the spread of the coronavirus. Those who fail to register in advance of their arrival will be subject to further restrictions imposed by the quarantine.

The printed Arrival Card that was obtained via the One Health Pass website will no longer be accepted by the Bureau of Immigration once that change took effect. It is mandatory for travelers from other countries to have the digital version of the eTravel Card available through the platform, which you will learn further how to acquire in the following sections.

Requirements

Travelers are required to be informed of the various entry processes that the Philippines requires, in accordance with Resolution No. 2 of the IATF. These are the requirements that must be met in order to enter the Philippines. The following information was collected from the website etravel.gov.ph:

A. FULLY VACCINATED (Filipino and Foreign Travelers)

There is no requirement for a COVID-19 test before travel. The second dose of a two-dose series or a single dose of the COVID-19 immunization is required at least fourteen (14) days before departure from the country of origin/port of embarkation.

B. Not immunized at all or only partially immunized (Filipino and Foreign Travelers)

1. Passengers aged 15 and up must present the results of a Rapid Antigen Test performed in a laboratory under remote observation and certified by a trained medical expert within 24 hours of leaving their country of origin/first port of embarkation, excluding layovers.

2. Adults above the age of 15 who failed a pre-departure test must submit to a laboratory antigen test ON ARRIVING AT THE AIRPORT.

3. Children under the age of 15 who have not been immunized are expected to follow the standards specified by their parents or legal guardians. Furthermore, they must adhere to existing regulations.

NOTE: The most recent DOH quarantine and isolation protocols will be applied to any inbound passenger of any nationality who tests positive for COVID-19 using a rapid antigen test. This is the case regardless of the traveler’s country of origin.

Qualifications

Every traveler to the Philippines must adhere to particular entry procedures in order to enter the nation. As said, the requirements vary depending on the age group of the individual in question.

Procedures

Every traveler, including infants and minors, must register for eTravel 72 hours before leaving for the Philippines. This must be done before boarding an aircraft. The following is the registration procedure:

In your spare time, go to the eTravel website. Remember that this process will not cost you anything, so don’t worry about the price. Moreover, if you come across a website asking for a fee, you know it’s a scam. Here are the steps to register on the platform.

  1. Fill up your Personal Profile completely, including your passport number and current job title (if applicable).
  2. Next, specify your postal address.
  3. Fill out the Health Declaration, which includes questions regarding your COVID-19 vaccines.

By this point, your summary of information is awaiting your approval and submission.

QR Codes

A QR Code will be generated once all conditions are met. Before you leave the page, take a screenshot of the code since it will be scanned both when you board the airline and when you land in the Philippines.

The eTravel system will generate a GREEN QR Code if your submission of the required information and attachments is complete and meets the most recent IATF entry criteria.

When you arrive at the airport, you will be given a RED QR Code if you do not fulfill the requirements. A BOQ representative will then determine whether RT-PCR testing or quarantine testing is required.

It is important to remember that using the same code more than once is not permitted. For your upcoming trip, you must register and generate a new QR Code.

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Assume you’re looking for an easy way to stay up with the most recent changes to e-travel registration protocols. In that case, you should view this video that details the registration for the new e-travel card.

This video will clarify some of the most important procedural concerns you may encounter, allowing you to travel without stress. As a result, be ready to take notes and follow all of the recommendations based on the vlogger’s personal experience registering for this card.

Frequently Asked Questions

In order to comply with the directive issued by the IATF, the eArrival system must be switched out for a new website that features a health declaration check list. This will be done in order to comply with the regulations that the government has set for travel. The general public will be informed when the newly designed website is finally ready for their use. In the meantime, we have put together a list of the questions that have been asked the most frequently about the eTravel registration system.

1. What is the most important function that the eTravel platform is supposed to serve?

Through the use of the eTravel platform, visitors from other countries are able to swiftly and safely enter their personal information, including their medical history and contact details, prior to entering the Philippines. In addition, the government is required to preserve a record of all individuals who enter the country with a medical history that includes certain conditions. This history must include the disease in question.

This means that before entering the Philippines, visitors of any age, including babies and children, are required to first register on the eTravel website.

2. Where can I obtain more information on the prerequisites for entering the Philippines?

Before you are allowed to fly to the Philippines, you are required to first register with the eTravel website and then present documentation that you have registered at the airport. Because eTravel registration is a mandatory step in the travel process required by the government, all arriving travelers should be aware of the significance of this step.

As of the 30th of May in the year 2022, pursuant to the provisions of IATF Resolution 168, facility-based quarantine for tourists from other countries to the Philippines who seek to enter the nation will no longer be required. Instead, they will only be required to provide a negative test result in particular circumstances where they will be obligated to do so. This adjustment will take effect as soon as possible.

3. Why do I have to go through the hassle of registering for eTravel?

If you enter the Philippines for the first time after September 1, 2021, you will be required to provide confirmation of your personal information through the e-Travel registration system. The IATF’s Resolution 135 makes it mandatory to follow the protocol in its present iteration.

4. Is the installation of an app required in order to utilize the eTravel platform in any way?

The eTravel platform is web-based, so all you need is a device that can connect to the internet in order to use it. It was created specifically for mobile use. Traditional desktop PCs, mobile devices, and other portable electronic devices can access it. It is accessible using a web browser optimized for use on mobile devices.

5. Is it possible for me to register a couple of days before my flight (that is, before I leave)?

You need to register for eTravel at the airport at least three (3) days before you go to the Philippines. At the airport, identification must be presented by passengers who have already registered with the airport. In addition, travelers have just 72 hours from the time they board the airplane until they must inform the proper authorities of their most current medical condition. This time limit begins when they board the plane.

6. Is it required that all of the information that eTravel requests be provided, such as in the Health Declaration Checklist?

The authorities hope that by asking you some of these additional questions, they will be able to establish which category you fall into in accordance with the IATF standards and so be able to direct their investigation properly. This will make it easier for you to explore the many categories and get advice from experts at the health border.

7. If I lose the image of my personal QR Code that I had saved on my mobile device, what should I do?

By checking in to the eTravel website, you will have access to a variety of your personal details, including your QR Code. To do this, navigate to the website’s homepage and choose the option labelled “My Profile.” In addition, you can obtain your produced code by providing personal information such as your date of birth and reference number. Please remember that these codes will only work for three days and nights; after that, you will need to register again.

8. I made an error. Will I still be able to make changes to my profile after successfully completing the registration?

If, at the time you registered for eTravel, the authorities in charge of border health had not yet screened, processed, and tagged you, you are still able to modify certain information in the “Open My Profile” section of the website. This is the case even if you have already been screened, processed, and tagged.

Due to the stringent nature of the quarantine rules, you will not be able to make any changes to the information you have provided once you arrive. Your date of arrival, address, and possibly even some further information about yourself will be collected.

Final Thoughts

This guide will help individuals planning on traveling to the Philippines. Before you start planning a trip, it’s important that you have a good understanding of the country’s entry requirements.

The eTravel platform has made it easier than ever to secure your travel arrangements. With the new registration process, you can now log in to the website from anywhere on any web-capable device. This new system also provides travelers with more convenient and efficient ways to manage their accounts.

Never register for a trip to the Philippines using a website other than etravel.gov.ph. Doing so could allow you to be tricked into providing your personal information and payment for the registration process when this should be completely FREE.

The new etravel.gov.ph website has a lot of information about travelling to the Philippines. It’s also a good place to start learning about the country’s entry requirements.

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