The Philippines will allow the entry of fully vaccinated foreigners for business and tourism purposes starting Feb. 10, Malacañang said Friday.

In a virtual presser, acting Palace spokesman Karlo Nograles said the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases would only require foreigners to present proof of full vaccination against Covid-19.

“Foreign nationals traveling to the Philippines for business and tourism purposes may enter the Philippines without visas provided they qualify as former Filipino citizens with balikbayan privilege under RA 9174 including their spouse and/or children who are not balikbayans in their own right and are traveling with them, to the Philippines provided they are not restricted nationals,” Nograles said.

They will also be required to present negative RT-PCR Covid-19 tests taken within 48 hours prior to the date and time of their departure from their area of origin.

Foreign nationals must also have valid tickets for their return journey to the port of origin or their next port of destination not later than 30 days from date of arrival in the Philippines.

Their passports must also be valid for a period of at least six months at the time of their arrival to the Philippines.

Lastly, they must obtain, prior to arrival, a travel insurance for Covid-19 treatment costs from reputed insurers, with a minimum coverage of $35,000.00 for the duration of their stay in the Philippines.

Accepted proofs of vaccination are as follows:

  • World Health Organization International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis
  • VaxCertPH
  • national state digital certificate of the foreign government which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement unless otherwise permitted by the IATF

Children below 18 years old, people medically unable to receive the vaccine and foreign diplomats are exempted from the vaccine requirement. John Ezekiel J. Hirro