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The Philippines Confirms Changing Travel Requirements

January 26, 2022 • 4:07 pm CST
(Vax Before Travel)

The U.S. Embassy in Manila announced today all airline passengers heading to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day before travel.  

Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed healthcare provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. 

And please visit the U.S. CDC webpage for more information about exceptions and the requirement for proof of a negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the U.S.

Additionally, the CDC has determined that for entry into the U.S., acceptable COVID-19 vaccines include those U.S. FDA approved/authorized and vaccines Listed by the World Health Organization.

Furthermore, to ensure the health and safety of our clients and our staff, the U.S. Embassy in Manila has rescheduled all non-emergency appointments for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad through January 31, 2022. 

For more information, see the Embassy's Health Alert issued on January 19, 2022.

And according to the Philippine Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, several locations are currently under Alert Level 3 and 4 until January 31, 2022.

The Philippine government has also mandated everyone must wear face masks in public places.  

In addition, the use of face shields is mandatory in medical and quarantine facilities, as well as during Alert Level 5, Enhanced Community Quarantine, and granular lockdowns.

Moreover, a recent presidential order empowers local officials to restrict the movements of unvaccinated individuals in the Philippines.

For more information on applying for an exception through the U.S. Embassy in Manila, visit this webpage

The U.S. Embassy in Manila is located at 1201 Roxas Boulevard, Manila, Philippines 1000. Phone: (632) 5301-2000.

Note: before the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of visitors to the U.S. from the Philippines exceeded 310,000 annually.