DFA Advisory: Rules when Travelling to the Philippines

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in the Philippines has issued an advisory on guidelines for those who are planning to travel to the Philippines. This guide is intended for returning overseas Filipinos, non-OFWs, and foreign nationals.

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Please be guided according to the rules. Take note that the information shared here may change without prior notice as we are all facing this pandemic. Rules and policies may change so it’s always best to stay updated with the embassy or Consulate for updates on these travel advisories to the Philippines.

Department of Foreign Affairs Shares Advisory: Step by Step Process Travelling to the Philippines

Note: These guidelines are intended for Non-OFWs, Returning Overseas Filipinos, and Foreign Nationals. You may check this link to see if you are allowed to travel to the Philippines – https://www.facebook.com/133424753462907/posts/1932878270184204/

Before Your Trip:

1. Register to the following E-CIF from point of origin for a unique QR code to be presented to One Stop Shop (OSS) upon arrival in the Philippines:

For Terminal 2 PAL Passengers: https://bit.ly/MNLPALeCIF
For Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 Foreign Airlines: www.padlab.ph/DLS/PassengerCIF

2. Pre-book at any Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ)-accredited quarantine hotel for at least 7 days from your arrival date and for non-OFWs and foreign nationals, prepare Php 4,000.00 for RT-PCR Testing and additional cash for transportation expense.

At the Airport:

3. Upon arrival at the airport, submit the accomplished Health Declaration form to the BOQ.

4. Proceed to the OSS Briefing Area for a briefing by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCF) on quarantine protocols and distribution of Addifavit of Undertaking.

5. Proceed to Department of Tourism (DOT) Desk for validation of quarantine hotel facility.

6. Proceed to Private Laboratory Desk for processing of data and pay for RT-PCR Testing to be conducted at your chosen quarantine hotel facility.

7. Proceed to Bureau of Immigration (BI) for clearance and passport checks.

8. Retrieve your luggage (s).

9. Submit duly accomplished Affidavit of Undertaking to PCG.

10. Get airport taxi to your chosen quarantine facility/hotels and observe strict quarantine procedure.

11. While on quarantine, plan, consider, and prepare the following:

– Airline or bus ticket
– Letter of Acceptance from your own local government unit (LGU).
– Travel Pass from any PNP office at point of departure.

12. On Day 6, take RT-PCR Swab Test at the quarantine facility by the assigned COVID-19 Private laboratory. Continue observing strict quarantine protocols while waiting for test results.

13. Upon receipt of negative RT-PCR result via email, wait for the BOQ Health Certificate indicating actual number of days on quarantine.

14. To check out, present yourself to the quarantine hotel facility in-charge with documents mentioned in item 13.

15. Upon clearance, avail of authorized transportation to your final destination. Do not loiter around and expose yourself to possible source of transmission. Your delay in reporting to your LGU can be a ground for imposition of another 14 days quarantine. Always observe health protocols during your travel.

16. Upon arrival in your locality, report to your Barangay officials for accounting and instructions. Your LGU has been informed earlier about your arrival through a DILG mechanism.

17. Complete home quarantine at your Barangay to complete the required 14 days quarantine or as your lGU instructs.

18. Once release from quarantine by LGU, continue observing minimum health standards like wearing of face mask, maintaining physical distance and washing of hands.


Below is the post from the Department of Foreign Affairs as shared by the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai:

Here is the post from DFA from their official Twitter page: