Planning to travel PH soon? As per the latest guidelines of the government, foreign nationals traveling to the Philippines for business and tourism purposes may enter the country visa-free and stay in the Philippines for not more than 30 days. Read this for more details. provided that they are:

In this blog, we are covering the information about travel advisory Philippines, requirements, travel restrictions Philippines, best places to visit in Philippines, and more.

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Travel PH General Updates

Update as of March 7, 2022:


Effective February 2022, the Philippine government has allowed foreign nationals to travel to the Philippines for business and leisure purposes, provided that they are:

  • Are a citizen or national of a non-visa required country under Executive Order 408 s. 1960 (E.O. 408);
  • Are fully-vaccinated and able to provide sufficient proof of vaccination (except for minor children below 12 years of age), to include any of the following
  • Present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to departure from (first) point of origin;
  • Have a valid return ticket or ticket to onward destination (not later than 30 days from the date of arrival in the Philippines);
  • Have passports valid for at least six months from the time of arrival in the Philippines; AND
  • Have obtained, prior to arrival, travel insurance for COVID-19 treatment costs from a reputable insurance company, with a minimum coverage of USD35,000, for the duration of their stay in the Philippines.

ALLOWED TO TRAVEL PHILIPPINES

  1. Filipino nationals
  2. Balikbayan under RA 6768 – Only nationals from non-visa required countries under EO 408, Former Filipino, or traveling with the Filipino/former Filipino spouse or parent
  3. Foreign nationals with valid and existing visas – SRRV and 9(a) visa holders are required an entry exemption document from the DFA/NTF

 

Passenger TypeRequirements
For fully-vaccinated Filipino nationals– Proof of vaccination
– Negative RT-PCR test within 48 hours prior to departure
– Philippine Passport
– Proof of citizenship
– Pre-booked quarantine hotel accredited by Tourism and Health Agencies for at least 10 days
– Travel insurance
– One Health Pass
Non-Filipino/Foreign spouse and children or children with special needs of a Filipino nationalIf traveling with Filipino a national:
– Foreign Passport only, no visa needed
– Any of the following:
For spouses: authentic marriage certificate
For children (regardless of age): authentic birth certificate
Must meet the additional conditions of the IATF-EID

If not traveling with Filipino national, Filipino national is currently residing in the Philippines at the intended date of travel:
– Foreign Passport with Philippine valid entry visa or long-term visa
– Any of the following:
For spouses: authentic marriage certificate
For minor children only (below 18 years old) and children with special needs (regardless of age): authentic birth certificate
Must meet the additional conditions of the IATF-EID
Non-Filipino/Foreign parent of a minor Filipino child (below 18  years old) or a child with special need5 (regardless of age)– Foreign Passport with Philippine valid entry visa or long-term visa
– Authentic birth certificate of the minor Filipino child or child with special needs
– Must meet the additional conditions of the IATF-EID
Former Filipinos (Balikbayan Program), Dual Citizens– Foreign Passport AND actual valid, old, or expired Philippine Passport; OR
– Foreign Passport AND any of the following documents:
Authentic Birth Certificate
Identification Certificate
Certificate of Reacquisition/Retention/Recognition
– Must meet the additional conditions of the IATF-EID
Spouse/Children of Former Filipino Nationals (Balikbayan Program)If traveling with Filipino national:
– Foreign Passport only, no visa needed
– Any of the following:
For spouses: authentic marriage certificate
For children (regardless of age): authentic birth certificate
Must meet the additional conditions of the IATF-EID.

If not traveling with Filipino national, Filipino national is currently residing in the Philippines at the intended date of travel:
– Foreign Passport with Philippine valid entry visa or long-term visa
– Any of the following:
For spouses: authentic marriage certificate
For children (regardless of age): authentic birth certificate
Must meet the additional conditions of the IATF-EID
Accredited foreign government and international organization officials and their dependents– 9(E) visa
– Subject to arrival and quarantine procedures set by the Philippine Department of Health.
– No need for DFA authorization/endorsement
Non-Filipino/Foreign seafarers with 9(c) visa– Foreign Passport/Seaman’s Book
– Must meet the additional conditions of the IATF-EID
Non-Filipino/Foreign nationals in possession of valid certificates – Recognition Certificate (RC) OR
– Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition Act of 2003 (CRPC) under RA9225 Certificate
Non-Filipino/Foreign nationals with an eligible long-term visa– Foreign Passport with valid and existing visa at the time of entry
– Eligible Visas but needing DFA authorization/endorsement or entry exemption document, which is valid until May 31, 2021 only:
Special Resident and Retirees Visa (SRRV) EO10379(A) visa
Must meet the additional conditions of the IATF-EID
  

For more information, read here and here.


QUARANTINE CLASSIFICATIONS (effective March 1-15 2022)
Read these classifications if you’re planning to visit Philippines anytime soon, to avoid delays and hassles.

Note: The Philippines has implanted a nationwide alert level system. Here’s what you should know.

  • Alert Level 1 – refers to areas wherein case transmission is low and
    decreasing, total bed utilization rate, and intensive care unit utilization rate
    is low.
  • Alert Level 2 – refers to areas wherein case transmission is low and
    decreasing, healthcare utilization is low, or case counts are low but
    increasing, or case counts are low and decreasing but total bed utilization
    rate and intensive care unit utilization rate is increasing.
  • Alert Level 3 – refers to areas wherein case counts are high and/or
    increasing, with total bed utilization rate and intensive care unit utilization
    rate at increasing utilization.
  • Alert Level 4 – refers to areas wherein case counts are high and/or
    increasing, with total bed utilization rate and intensive care unit utilization
    rate at high utilization.
  • Alert Level 5 – refers to areas wherein case counts are alarming, with total
    bed utilization rate and intensive care unit utilization rate at critical
    utilization.

Alert Level 1 Areas

  • NCR
  • Abra, Apayao, Baguio City and Kalinga in the Cordillera Administrative Region;
  • Dagupan City, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan in Region I;
  • Batanes, Cagayan, City of Santiago, Isabela and Quirino in Region II;
  • Angeles City, Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Olongapo City, Pampanga and Tarlac in Region III;
  • Cavite and Laguna in Region IV-A;
  • Marinduque, Puerto Princesa City and Romblon in Region IV-B; and
  • Naga City and Catanduanes in Region V.

In the Visayas, also under Alert Level 1 from March 1 to 15, 2022 are:

  • Aklan, Bacolod City, Capiz and Guimaras in Region VI;
  • Siquijor in Region VII; and
  • Biliran in Region VIII.

In Mindanao, the following areas are likewise under Alert Level 1 from March 1 to 15, 2022:

  • Zamboanga City in Region IX;
  • Cagayan de Oro City and Camiguin in Region X; and
  • Davao City in Region XI.

Alert Level 2 Areas

For Luzon:

  • Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR): Benguet, Ifugao,
    Mountain Province;
  • Region II: Nueva Vizcaya;
  • Region III: Nueva Ecija, Zambales;
  • Region IV-A: Batangas, Lucena City, Quezon Province, Rizal;
  • Region IV-B: Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Palawan,
    and
  • Region V: Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Masbate,
    Sorsogon.

For Visayas:

  • Region VI: Antique, Iloilo City, Iloilo Province, Negros
    Occidental;
  • Region VII: Bohol, Cebu Province, Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City,
    Mandaue City, Negros Oriental, and\
  • Region VIII: Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, Ormoc City,
    Southern Leyte, Tacloban City, Western Samar.

For Mindanao:

  • Region IX: City of Isabela, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del
    Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay;
  • Region X: Bukidnon, Iligan City, Lanao del Norte, Misamis
    Occidental, Misamis Oriental;
  • Region XI: Davao De Oro, Davao Del Sur, Davao Del Norte,
    Davao Oriental, Davao Occidental;
  • Region XII: General Santos City, North Cotabato, Sarangani,
    South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat;
  • Region XIII (CARAGA): Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur,
    Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Butuan City, Dinagat Islands;
    and
  • Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao
    (BARMM): Basilan, Maguindanao, Sulu, Tawi-tawi, Cotabato
    City, Lanao Del Sur.

Source: IATF


General Travel Advisory Philippines

Pursuant to the implementation of ECQ to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, holiday to Philippines or other trips to Philippines for leisure purposes are allowed. Please be guided by the following travel restrictions Philippines imposed on Foreign Travelers. 

Beginning February 2022, proof of full vaccination shall be made a requirement for entry of all foreign nationals allowed to enter the Philippines.

Please note that this information is constantly changing so make sure to check DFA’s website and pages for updates.

  • Entry of foreign nationals is allowed effective February 2022.

For more details on the travel restrictions Philippines, please visit https://dfa.gov.ph/dfa-news/statements-and-advisoriesupdate

Source: Department of Foreign Affairs


US Department of State: Travel Advisory Philippines

In the January 31, 2022 Philippines Travel Advisory released by the US Department of State, the advisory is Level 4: Do Not Travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for the Philippines due to a very high level of COVID-19 in the country. 

According to the travel advisory: 

  • Do not travel to PH due to COVID-19. Additionally, exercise increased caution due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, and kidnapping. 
  • Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.   

Do Not Travel to:

  • The Sulu Archipelago, including the southern Sulu Sea, due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, and kidnapping.
  • Marawi City in Mindanao due to terrorism and civil unrest.

Reconsider Travel to:

  • Other areas of Mindanao due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, and kidnapping.

Source: U.S. Department of State


Philippines Travel Guidelines and Process

To ensure everyone’s health and safety, here are the rules and requirements you must take note of when you’re planning to travel PH.

Here are the things that foreign nationals who will travel to the Philippines now must know:

Before your trip to Philippines

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

Terminal 2 PAL Passengers:
Pre-Registration for RT-PCR Test in Manila

Terminal 1 & Terminal 3
Foreign Airlines:
https://www.padlab.ph/DLS/eCIFv8

2. Pre-book at Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) accredited ZEN Rooms Quarantine Hotel (list on this blog) for at least 10 days from your arrival date and for non-OFWs and foreign nationals, prepare additional cash for RT-PCR Testing and transportation expenses.

At the airport

3. Upon arrival at the airport, submit the accomplished Health Declaration Form to the BOQ. Before anything else, make sure you’re allowed to travel to the PH. Refer to our list above of eligible passengers to travel to Philippines now.

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

5. Proceed to the 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 the Bureau of Immigration (Bl) for clearance and passport checks.

8. Retrieve your luggage(s)

9. Submit duly accomplished Affidavit of Undertaking and PCG

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

While on quarantine

Note: As of March 2022, once admitted into the country, fully-vaccinated international arriving passengers are no longer required to observe mandatory facility quarantine but shall self-monitor for any COVID-19 signs and symptoms for seven (7) days, with Day 1 as the date of arrival in the Philippines.

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

  • Airline or bus ticket
  • Letter of Acceptance from your own local government unit (I-GU)
  • Travel Pass from any PNP Office at point of Departure

12. On the 7th day after arrival, 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 a negative RT-PCR result via email, wait for the BOQ Health Certificate indicating the 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.

Coordinating with LGU

15. Upon clearance, avail of authorized transportation to your final destination. Do not loiter around and expose yourself to possible sources of transmission. Your delay in reporting to your I-GU 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 LGIJ has been informed earlier about your arrival through a DILG mechanism.

For Foreign Maritime Travel:  In a press release by the Bureau of Immigration, foreign seafarers with valid visas are allowed to enter the country. Said seafarers are those that would be undergoing crew change at the country’s green lanes. BI Bay Service Section Chief Alnazib Decampong shared that green lanes were launched by the government in a bid to promote the Philippines as a hub for crew change for international maritime vessels and facilitate the movement of sailors in the region during the pandemic.


Philippines Travel Guidelines for U.S. Citizens

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Since the Philippine international travel guidelines change regularly, US citizens who will travel to Manila must check the updates first.

US citizens must have a visa to travel to Philippines from US for all travel purposes, including tourism holiday to Philippines. Travelers must receive a visa from a Philippine embassy or consulate prior to traveling to the Philippines. If you remain in the Philippines beyond the “admit until” date stamped in your passport by immigration authorities, you may be subject to fines and detention by the Philippine Bureau of Immigration.

  • Travelers get a COVID-19 swab test 48 hours before their departure for the Philippines.
  • Visit the website of the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Washington, D.C., for information on other types of visas and the most current visa information.
  • Certain foreigners must apply for an Emigration Clearance Certificate (ECC) from BI before they may depart the Philippines.

You can find information on dual nationality, prevention of international child abduction, customs regulations, and other Philippines travel updates concerning US citizens on the US Department of State’s website.

For Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Philippines now should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts. Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website and the NGA broadcast warnings.

Quarantine Hotels in Manila

As of March 2022, the Philippines has lifted quarantine policy for fully-vaccinated travelers.

Passengers who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, and those whose vaccination status cannot be verified will have to present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to their flight to the Philippines.

They will be required to undergo facility quarantine and undergo another test on day 5. They may be released upon a negative result but will have to undergo home quarantine until day 14.

Arriving foreign tourists in Philippines are required to undergo mandatory quarantine at government-approved quarantine facilities. According to the travel advisory Philippines, the first 10 days of which shall be observed in a quarantine facility (BOQ Certificate holding accredited quarantine hotels in Manila). Check below for our top picks of quarantine hotels in Manila by ZEN Rooms.

  1. Nichols Airport Hotel (from P2500/night with 3 meals)
  2. Broadway Court Apartelle (from P1200/night)
  3. Time Travellers Hotel (from P1900/night)
  4. ZEN Rooms Aloha Manila Bay (from P3100/night with 3 meals)
  5. ZEN Rooms Basic Dian St. Makati (from P2,100/night)
  6. Time Travellers Tourist Inn (from PHP 2,010/night)

Please click here for the full list of DOT and BOQ-accredited Quarantine Hotels in Manila.


US to Philippines Flight Status

Before you book your trip to Philippines, you must know that the government has eased travel protocol and policies for travel to Philippines from US and other foreign countries. To know the international flights status to Philippines including  LAX to Philippines flights, Narita to Manila, Taipei to Manila, and others, you can check your respective airline’s social media pages and website as they regularly give Philippine travel updates.

If you want to check your US to Philippines flight, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) also updates its Facebook page with scheduled international flights. 

All inbound travelers must complete the One Health Pass (OHP) One Registration Platform a few days before travel.


Travel Tips for Arriving Passengers in the Philippines From USA and other countries

If you have booked a ticket for your travel to Philippines from US or from other countries, read the following tips to ensure your safety and to avoid delays or hassles at the airport.

  1. Before your flight for your trip to Philippines, make sure you have read the traveling to Philippines 2022 updates and prepared the travel requirements.
  2. Carefully review your eligibility and the required documents for travel to Philippines from US or from other countries. You may be allowed to visit Philippines, but if any of the travel policies and protocols set by the Philippine government are not met, you may not be allowed to enter the Philippines.
  3. Always wear a face mask and face shield. This applies to everyone who is going to Philippines or any other destination.
  4. Practice social distancing at all times.
  5. Make it a habit to check the latest Philippines travel updates so if ever there are changes to your Philippines to USA flight, Philippine international travel guidelines, your US to Philippines flight, and so on, you won’t be surprised upon your arrival. Don’t just rely on your travel agency Philippines to give you Philippines travel updates.
  6. When going to Philippines or any destination in the beautiful Philippines open for travel, check with your destinations’ tourism office first before planning a trip because the travel advisory today Philippines may be different from the advisory the next day.

Best Tourist Spots in the Philippines

When the Philippines is open for tourism, plan a holiday to Philippines to enjoy the beautiful wonders of nature that the world is talking about. With so many beautiful attractions, you’ll never regret visiting Philippines. 

And when the time comes you can take an adventure again, travel PH and explore all the most beautiful places in the Philippines we’ve compiled.

  1. Palawan – One of the best islands in the world. There’s no doubt that Palawan is considered one of the top beautiful places in the Philippines because of its lagoons, lakes, and amazing beaches. Coron and El Nido are some places in the Philippines open for tourism now.
  2. Batanes – Perfect for nature-lovers as it offers breathtaking views of the mountains, hills, and the sea. Batanes is the destination that will make you witness how beautiful Philippines is.
  3. Boracay – This is one of the best places to visit in Philippines if you love the beach because it has the whitest and finest sand in the Philippines. That’s why it’s not surprising that it’s listed among the world’s best islands by international travel magazines.
  4. Cebu – It is among the most popular places to visit in Philippines because of its perfect blending of city and island life. Cebu is among the places in the Philippines open for tourism now. Good thing is, Cebu travel requirements 2022 are not as strict as before. They don’t require Philippines tourists to take swab tests anymore. For the latest Philippine travel update, read this.
  5. Siargao – The Surfing Capital of the Philippines. If you’re aiming for an adventurous holiday to Philippines, this is the place to be. This tourist spot in the Philippines is now open for Philippines tourists.
  6. Ilocos – If you want a Philippines vacation that’s full of history and food trips, Ilocos is the place that will let you travel back in time and feed your hungry tummy.
  7. Manila – The Capital of the Philippines. Manila is every Philippines tourist’s jumpoff point where you can experience modern city living and so much more.
  8. Bohol – Where Chocolate Hills are found. Bohol is definitely one of the most unique places in the Philippines you must see. Bohol is currently open for domestic tourists. For more updates about traveling to Philippines 2022, read this.
  9. Tagaytay – This place is a popular Philippines vacation spot for a quick escape near Manila perfect for food trips and exploring nature. Read this travel advisory today Philippines for the latest updates.
  10. Batangas – One of beautiful places in the Philippines with the richest marine life. 

For a complete list of best tourist spots in the Philippines, read this blog: Philippine Travel Guide: 70+ Philippines Tourist Spots That Will Take Your Breath Away


Frequently Asked Questions About Philippines Travel

Q: Are US citizens permitted to travel PH?
A: Yes.

Additional information and travel advisory today Philippines also are available on the Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI) website. All arriving passengers remain subject to guidelines set by the Philippines’ Inter-Agency Task Force Against Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) in Resolution Nos. 97, 98, and 103.

According to the US Department of State, all decisions to grant or deny entry to the Philippines are made by BI staff at the port of entry upon arrival in the Philippines. Contact the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate in the United States for additional information prior to booking ASAP tickets Philippines to be able to travel to Manila. 

Q: Are US citizens required to quarantine?
A: No. Per the latest travel update Philippines, quarantine is no longer required US citizens but for ALL travelers entering the Philippines as long as they’re fully-vaccinated. However, travelers must self-monitor for signs and symptoms within seven days with the date of arrival as their first day.

Unvaccinated or partially-vaccinated people may be required to undergo COVID testing and quarantine. The duration of quarantine is 7 to 14 days in a government-controlled hotel/facility. Individuals granted permission to travel PH by the Philippine authorities must have a confirmed booking for at least seven days at a hotel accredited by the Department of Tourism and Bureau of Quarantine while waiting for their COVID-19 test results. US citizens must stay at the booked hotel until they receive a Philippine Bureau of Quarantine medical certificate.

Check below for our top picks of quarantine hotels in Manila by ZEN Rooms.

  1. Nichols Airport Hotel (from P2500/night with 3 meals)
  2. Broadway Court QC (from P1200/night)
  3. Time Travellers Hotel (from P1900/night)
  4. ZEN Rooms Aloha Manila Bay (from P3100/night with 3 meals)
  5. ZEN Rooms Basic Dian St. Makati (from P2,100/night)
  6. Time Travellers Tourist Inn (from PHP 2,010/night)

Please click here for the full list of DOT and BOQ-accredited Quarantine Hotels in Manila.

Q: Are commercial flights operating?
A: Yes. However, commercial flights are limited throughout the country from the Philippines to USA flights. To know about the popular routes like LAX to Philippines flights, Narita to Manila, Taipei to Manila, and others; check Manila International Airport Authority’s (MIAA) Facebook page for the scheduled international flights before your PH travel.

Q: Are RT-PCR and/or antigen tests available for US citizens in the Philippines?
A: Yes. RT-PCR and antigen (rapid) testing are readily available throughout the Philippines, including at Department of Health (DOH) accredited testing centers. Payment is on cash-only basis by the US citizen prior to testing. Costs vary according to the test given and the medical facility.

Q: Are vaccines available in the Philippines for US citizens to receive? 
A: Yes, but circumstances may be limited. Make sure to contact your Local Government Unit (LGU) for information on whether you qualify to receive the vaccine and the timeline for distribution. Dual US-Philippine citizens should be eligible as Philippine citizens for vaccination under local programs. US citizens who are residents of the Philippines should contact their LGU for information about the vaccination program in their area. US citizens working for private companies in the Philippines should inquire with their employers about vaccine distribution plans for staff. For more information, see the Philippine DOH Beat COVID-19 website.

Q: Are consular offices operation?
A: Yes but limited. See the details below:

  • American Citizen Services:  Limited non-emergency services are available by appointment only at U.S. Embassy in Manila and at the Consular Agency in Cebu. We are not providing walk-in service at either location. Emergency services remain available at both locations.
  • Visa Services:  Limited visa services are available by appointment only at the U.S. Embassy in Manila. Visit the Embassy’s visa alert page for updates on visa services and operations.

Q: Where can I get updates on Philippines to USA flight?
A: For updates on Philippines to USA flight, check Manila International Airport Authority’s (MIAA) Facebook page. Aside from the flight status, you can also find some updates about the travel restrictions Philippines here.

Q: Is Philippines open for tourism?
A: Currently, restrictions have been eased in the Philippines but there are some domestic Philippines tourist spots that are open for travelers depending the classification of quarantine placed in the destinations. For your guide, here are the current quarantine classifications according to the Philippine government:

Alert Level 1 Areas

  • NCR
  • Abra, Apayao, Baguio City and Kalinga in the Cordillera Administrative Region;
  • Dagupan City, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan in Region I;
  • Batanes, Cagayan, City of Santiago, Isabela and Quirino in Region II;
  • Angeles City, Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Olongapo City, Pampanga and Tarlac in Region III;
  • Cavite and Laguna in Region IV-A;
  • Marinduque, Puerto Princesa City and Romblon in Region IV-B; and
  • Naga City and Catanduanes in Region V.

In the Visayas, also under Alert Level 1 from March 1 to 15, 2022 are:

  • Aklan, Bacolod City, Capiz and Guimaras in Region VI;
  • Siquijor in Region VII; and
  • Biliran in Region VIII.

In Mindanao, the following areas are likewise under Alert Level 1 from March 1 to 15, 2022:

  • Zamboanga City in Region IX;
  • Cagayan de Oro City and Camiguin in Region X; and
  • Davao City in Region XI.

Alert Level 2 Areas

For Luzon:

  • Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR): Benguet, Ifugao,
    Mountain Province;
  • Region II: Nueva Vizcaya;
  • Region III: Nueva Ecija, Zambales;
  • Region IV-A: Batangas, Lucena City, Quezon Province, Rizal;
  • Region IV-B: Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Palawan,
    and
  • Region V: Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Masbate,
    Sorsogon.

For Visayas:

  • Region VI: Antique, Iloilo City, Iloilo Province, Negros
    Occidental;
  • Region VII: Bohol, Cebu Province, Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City,
    Mandaue City, Negros Oriental, and\
  • Region VIII: Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, Ormoc City,
    Southern Leyte, Tacloban City, Western Samar.

For Mindanao:

  • Region IX: City of Isabela, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del
    Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay;
  • Region X: Bukidnon, Iligan City, Lanao del Norte, Misamis
    Occidental, Misamis Oriental;
  • Region XI: Davao De Oro, Davao Del Sur, Davao Del Norte,
    Davao Oriental, Davao Occidental;
  • Region XII: General Santos City, North Cotabato, Sarangani,
    South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat;
  • Region XIII (CARAGA): Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur,
    Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Butuan City, Dinagat Islands;
    and
  • Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao
    (BARMM): Basilan, Maguindanao, Sulu, Tawi-tawi, Cotabato
    City, Lanao Del Sur.

Leisure travel is allowed but limited. Guidelines vary per destination.

Q: Is Cebu open for travelers?
A: Yes, Cebu has reopened its doors to travelers. 

Q: What are the Cebu travel requirements 2021?
A: The Cebu travel requirements 2022 are as follow: 

  1. Vaccination card
  2. Valid ID
  3. If partially-vaccinated or unvaccinated, present a valid medical certificate issued within twenty-four (24) hours issued by a reputable doctor within seven days prior to the travel date.
  4. Proof of pre-booking a resort or hotel establishment where he or she would stay during the duration of his or her visit. The resort or hotel establishment should be located within the province of Cebu and duly accredited by the Cebu Provincial Task Force
  5. Pass symptoms checking or screening at the point of departure and at the point of arrival.

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Of the 7,641 islands in the Philippines, each has its own magnificence and peculiarities that make visitors long for more. Hence, it’s not surprising that tourists from around the world dream of an unforgettable Philippines travel experience. 

From some of the world’s best islands and jaw-dropping lagoons to breathtaking rolling hills and rich cultural heritage, a holiday to Philippines will surely be one for the books.

Most Beautiful Places to Visit for Philippines Holidays 2021

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing Philippines vacation or an adventure of a lifetime, the Pearl of the Orient Seas does not disappoint. Here we’ve rounded up all the best places to visit in Philippines you should add to your bucket list.

  1. Palawan – The paradise on Earth
  2. Batanes – Home of the breathtaking hills
  3. Boracay – Among the world’s best islands
  4. Cebu – A one-stop travel destination
  5. Siargao – Surfing Capital of the Philippines
  6. Bohol – Home of the tarsiers and Chocolate Hills
  7. Ifugao – Home of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Banaue Rice Terraces
  8. Camiguin – Where there are more volcanoes than towns
  9. Ilocos – The place that lets you travel back in time
  10. Manila – The Philippines’ capital
  11. Tagaytay – Second summer capital of the Philippines
  12. Batangas – For beach-lovers and hikers
  13. Rizal – Home of the most stunning mountains and waterfalls
  14. Zamboanga – A south’s gem
  15. Siquijor – The mystic province

What’s inside this blog?

Read this Philippines travel guide to help you prepare for your trip and discover the most popular and offbeat treasures you wouldn’t want to miss. 

Best Places to Visit in the Philippines

Here are some of the most beautiful tourist spots in the Philippines you should visit:

1. Palawan

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With Palawan’s jaw-dropping beauty, it’s not surprising at all why foreigners love this province. From the clear blue-green waters of lagoons and colorful reefs to pristine white beaches, what more can you ask for? So id you want a holiday to Philippines that will let you feel you’re in paradise, Palawan is the place to be.

Suggested article: The Paradise on Earth: Glorious Palawan Tourist Spot That Will Make You Fall In-Love With Nature

Attractions

Puerto Princesa

El Nido

Coron

  • Kayangan Lake
  • Twin Lagoons
  • Malcapuya Island
  • Siete Pecados Marine Park
  • Calauit Island Safari

Must-read: 3-Day Palawan Itinerary: 13 Must-Try Things to Do in Coron for a Memorable Trip

Things to do

  • Swimming
  • Island-hopping
  • Kayaking
  • Diving
  • Hiking
  • Snorkeling

Best budget hotels in Palawan

  1. Almonte Transient House
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2. Batanes

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Upon seeing Batanes, don’t be too surprised when you hear someone (or yourself) singing the hills are alive. Breathtaking views, fascinating and rich culture, and the kindest locals you’d ever meet—these pretty much sums up why tourists in Philippines and from other countries want to go to Batanes. This province may be the smallest in the Philippines but it sure has a lot to offer when it comes to majestic scenery thanks to the jaw-dropping Batanes tourist spots.

Related article: 13 Mind-Blowing Facts About Batanes You Must Haven’t Heard of Yet

Attractions

  • Racuh A Payaman (Marlboro Country)
  • Alapad Hill and Rock Formation
  • Tayid Lighthouse
  • Honesty Coffee Shop
  • Morong Beach
  • Valugan Boulder Beach
  • House of Dakay
  • Savidug Stone Houses
  • Vayang Rolling Hills

Things to do

  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Boating
  • Appreciating nature

3. Boracay

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As if Boracay still needs an introduction, this island never stops making a name for itself. It is famous for its oh-so-fine white sand beaches, amazing nightlife, and fun water activities letting you enjoy all the things you want in one place. Whether you’re just aiming to get a tan at the world-famous beach or planning to try the heart-pounding water activities, Boracay tourist spots will give you everything you need.

Per the latest travel advisory Philippines, Boracay is one of the thriving tourist destinations in the country that has finally reopened amid the pandemic so make sure to add this island to your Philippines holidays 2021.

Suggested read: Travel Hacks: Guide to Boracay Budget Trip Under PHP 8000

Attractions

  • White Beach
  • Crystal Cove Island
  • Bulabog Beach
  • Diniwid Beach
  • Puka Shell Beach
  • D’Mall
  • Ariel’s Point
  • Ilig-Iligan Beach
  • Willy’s Rock

Things to do

  • Island-hopping
  • Swimming
  • Partying
  • Food tripping
  • Diving
  • Parasailing

Best budget hotels in Boracay

  1. Matt Guesthouse
    Price from PHP 1,800/night
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  1. One Hagdan Villas
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4. Cebu

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If you’re looking for a one-stop destination for your holiday to Philippines, Cebu is a melting pot for food, arts, culture, religion, and island life. The province does not disappoint its visitors with its amazingly beautiful Cebu tourist spots and fun activities to try. Dubbed as the Queen City of the South, Cebu offers a unique travel experience as it is a place where city and paradise meet.

Related article: Cebu Itinerary Guide: Best Places to Go & Must-Try Activities

Attractions

  • Oslob
  • Bantayan Island
  • Malapascua Island
  • Kawasan Falls
  • Simala Shrine
  • Temple of Leah
  • Sirao Flower Garden
  • Pescador Island
  • Magellan’s Cross
  • Fort San Pedro

Things to do

  • Island-hopping
  • Swimming with whale sharks
  • City tour
  • Learning about history
  • Canyoneering
  • Food tripping
  • Attending Sinulog Festival

Best budget hotels in Cebu

  1. Papa Tasi Lakeside Hotel and Park
    Price from PHP 750/night
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  1. ZEN Rooms Alicia Tower Cebu
    Price from PHP 1,100/night
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  1. Arjaymay Apartelle
    Price from PHP 1,200/night
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  1. ZEN Rooms Basic Gerty’s Place Moalboal
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5. Siargao

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Another tourist destination that has reopened for tourists is Siargao according to the latest travel advisory Philippines. This teardrop-shaped island will make you fall for its pristine white beaches, coconut woodlands, the clearest waters you’ve ever seen, and the sensational waves perfect for Siargao surfing.

What makes Siargao tourist spots an ideal travel destination is that it has remained unspoiled, remote, sparsely developed, and still relatively under the radar, making it even more appealing to travelers who are craving natural beauty and a slower pace. This tourist spot in Mindanao will surely captivate your heart.

Must-read: Siargao Travel Guide: What Every First-Timer Should Know Before Going to Siargao

Attractions

  • Guyam Island
  • Naked Island
  • Daku Island
  • Magpupungko Rock Pools
  • Coconut Street
  • Cloud 9
  • Sugba Lagoon
  • Maasin River

Things to do

  • Island-hopping
  • Surfing
  • Diving
  • Boating
  • Swimming

Best budget hotels in Siargao

  1. ByGrace Pension House
    Price from PHP 1,300/night
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  1. ZEN Rooms Eunas Siargao
    Price from PHP 2,500/night
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6. Bohol

chocolate hills bohol philippines travel

Home to the iconic Chocolate Hills and the world’s smallest primates, Bohol is a great tourist spot in the Philippines that will surely surprise you. With its stunning Bohol tourist spots, it’s no wonder that travelers and locals alike couldn’t help but be amazed. From historic sites and pristine beaches to waterfalls and a majestic cave, Bohol never fails to stun its visitors. Bohol should be on your list of must-visit places for your Philippines vacation.

Must-read: Bohol Itinerary: Best Places to Visit and Budget Guide All in One

Attractions

  • Panglao Island
  • Chocolate Hills
  • Hinagdanan Cave
  • Loboc River
  • Bamboo Hanging Bridge
  • Man-Made Forest
  • Anda Beach
  • Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Danao Adventure Park 
  • Balicasag Island 
  • Baclayon Church
  • Alona Beach

Things to do

  • Island-hopping
  • Swimming
  • Food tripping
  • Getting up close with the tarsiers
  • Dining at the river

7. Ifugao

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Ifugao Province is one of the most popular yet somewhat offbeat destinations in the Philippines. This is where you’ll find the UNESCO World Heritage Site Banaue Rice Terraces. But it’s not just the Banaue Rice Terraces you should look forward to because there are many other places in Ifugao that will teach you the traditional way of life and culture.

Before you book your trip, make sure to check the travel restriction to this Philippines destination.

Attractions

  • Banaue Rice Terraces
  • Batad Rice Terraces
  • Hungduan Rice Terraces
  • Bangaan Rice Terraces
  • Hapao Rice Terraces
  • Tappiya Falls
  • Hanging Bridge
  • Bogyah Hot Spring

Things to do

  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Appreciating nature
  • Food tripping

8. Camiguin

camiguin minadanao tourist spot philippines travel

What was once an obscure location is now among the top tourist destinations in the Philippines. With so many Instagrammable Camiguin tourist spots, the Island Born of Fire becomes a favorite travel destination for a holiday to Philippines.

From the pristine Camiguin Island tourist spots and jaw-dropping waterfalls to the glorious underwater world and historic structures from the Spanish colonial era, Camiguin definitely makes up the ultimate feed goal that every ‘grammer aims for!

Suggested article: Camiguin Island: A Travel Guide to the Island Born of Fire

Attractions

  • White Island Camiguin
  • Mantigue Island Nature Park
  • Sunken Cemetery
  • Tuasan Falls
  • Katibawasan Falls
  • Guiob Church Ruins
  • Burias Shoal
  • Soda Water Swimming Pool
  • Mt. Hibok-Hibok
  • Ardent Hot Spring
  • Camiguin Aviation

Things to do

  • Island-hopping
  • Swimming
  • Hiking

9. Ilocos

horse carriage at calle crisologo in vigan philippines travel

Mention Ilocos and Vigan always come to mind. While it’s undoubtedly fascinating, Ilocos is more than the cobblestone streets of Vigan. The province is known for its rich culture and history, heritage sites, adventure parks, and of course, food. But this time, we’ll be putting the highlight on the beautiful places to visit in Ilocos Sur.

Per the latest travel advisory Philippines, Ilocos has reopened for local tourists but make sure to check the requirements to travel to this Philippines destination before booking your trip.

Related article: 18 Must-Visit Ilocos Sur Tourist Spots for a Trip to Remember

Attractions

  • Paoay Church
  • Calle Crisologo
  • Syquia Mansion Museum
  • RG Jar Factory
  • Bantay Church Bell Tower
  • Baluarte Resort
  • Vigan Cathedral
  • Crisologo Museum
  • Ilocos Sur Adventure Zone
  • Malacañang of the North
  • Pagudpud Beach

Things to do

  • Heritage tour
  • Exploring the historic sites
  • Food tripping
  • Visiting a zoo

10. Manila

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Before the pandemic, tourists in Philippines love exploring Manila whether they’re from the city or nearby provinces because of the tons of amazing spots here. Manila has a rich history, almost all areas have become great tourist spots in Manila that everyone wants to visit. From the preserved architecture brought by Spanish colonialism to outstanding Filipino culture, Manila has everything you’d ask for!

Related article: 8 Amazing Tourist Spots in Manila That You Can Visit for Free

Attractions

  • Intramuros
  • Escolta
  • National Museum of the Philippines
  • Rizal Park
  • Manila Baywalk
  • San Agustin Church
  • Manila Cathedral
  • Fort Santiago
  • Manila Ocean Park
  • Dessert Museum
  • Binondo

Things to do

  • Walking tour
  • Visiting the historic sites
  • Food tripping
  • Museum-hopping 

Best budget hotels in Manila

  1. The Colonial Residences
    Price from PHP 2,000/night
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  1. Baymont Suites & Residences
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  1. The Studio 18 Residences
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  1. BDS Bay Area
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11. Tagaytay

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Whether you’re looking for an adventure or just want a quick escape from the busy city life, Tagaytay is one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines that never fails to satisfy the traveler in you. With many Tagaytay tourist spots to see, yummy dishes to try, and fun experiences not to miss out on while enjoying the cool weather, you will definitely have the vacation you’ve been looking for. Best of all, it’s just two hours away from the metro.

Tagaytay is another tourist destination that has reopened for tourists amid the pandemic according to the latest travel advisory Philippines.

Must-read: The Complete Guide For A Staycation in Tagaytay

Attractions

  • Taal Volcano and Lake
  • Picnic Grove
  • People’s Park in the Sky
  • Sky Ranch
  • Museo Orlina
  • Puzzle Mansion
  • Sonya’s Garden
  • Paradizoo

Things to do

  • Staycation
  • Dining with a view
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • ATV riding
  • Food tripping

Best budget hotels in Tagaytay

  1. Rachel’s Bed and Breakfast
    Price from PHP 1,300/night
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  1. Berrie Suites Hotel
    Price from PHP 2,400/night
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12. Batangas

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If you’re someone who loves to bask in the sun through hiking or beach bumming, Batangas is the perfect place for your Philippines holidays 2021. It boasts stunning land and seascapes, amazing mountains, and iconic diving spots that will make you want to extend your Philippines vacation. Batangas is not just popular for family and group trips but it’s also a romantic destination for a Philippines honeymoon.

Related article: 10 Batangas Tourist Spots Perfect for Quick Getaways

Attractions

  • Fortune Island
  • Laiya Beach
  • Anilao
  • Masasa Beach
  • Matabungkay Beach
  • Sepoc Beach
  • Caleruega Chapel
  • Mt. Batulao
  • Malabrigo Lighthouse 
  • Cape Santiago Lighthouse

Things to do

  • Island-hopping
  • Swimming
  • Camping
  • Hiking 

13. Rizal

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Visit Philippines’ most beautiful waterfalls and mountains by traveling to Rizal province that’s just two hours away from Manila. Rizal Province features stunning places that are worth the visit. In fact, some of the Rizal tourist spots are historical and have been featured in many travel shows and magazines already! This tourist spot in Luzon will give you the adventure of a lifetime.

Must-read: 10 Must-See Rizal Tourist Spots for an Amazing Adventure

Attractions

  • Hinulugang Taktak
  • Pinto Art Museum
  • Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs
  • Masungi Georeserve
  • Daranak Falls
  • Batlag Falls
  • Tinipak River
  • Cloud 9 Antipolo
  • Pililla Wind Farm
  • Treasure Mountain

Things to do

  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Food tripping

14. Zamboanga

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Mindanao is often misinterpreted for having only chaos but actually, Mindanao offers some of the most beautiful places in the Philippines. While the Philippines is known for its all-white and cream-colored beaches, Zamboanga boasts of its pink sand beach that definitely makes a perfect spot for Instagram snaps. This offbeat tourist spot in Mindanao has a lot of beautiful places waiting to be discovered.

Attractions

  • Merloquet Falls
  • Paseo del Mar
  • Pink Beach Zamboanga
  • Yakan Weaving Village
  • Pasonanca Park
  • Great Santa Cruz Island
  • Bayangan Island
  • Tagbilat Falls
  • Rizal Shrine

Things to do

  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Going for a cultural heritage tour

15. Siquijor

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If you’re planning for your Philippines travel and you want to go somewhere offbeat, magical, and mystic, consider visiting Siquijor. While there are some mystic stories that could be true, the only magic you should look forward to is the one brought by the enchanting Siquijor tourist spots that will make you want to walk straight into a beautiful trap. 

It is a small island province located in the Central Visayas region oozing with pristine beaches, beautiful diving spots, waterfalls, and a cave. This tourist destination in the Philippines used to be known as the Island of Fire enveloped by mystic traditions such as witchcraft, healing, spiritual rituals. 

Must-read: 10 Siquijor Tourist Spots That’ll Make You Walk Straight Into A Beautiful Trap

Attractions

  • Cambugahay Falls
  • Paliton Beach
  • Cantabon Cave
  • Old Enchanted Balete Tree
  • Siquijor Butterfly Sanctuary
  • Salagdoong Beach
  • San Juan Beach
  • Cang-isok House 
  • Sandugan Beach

Things to do

  • Swimming
  • Diving
  • Island-hopping

Best Time to Visit Philippines

If you want to visit Philippines at its finest, you should know the months of the season you’re planning to experience the country.

March to May

If you’re coming to see the country’s best beaches, make sure to travel in summer between the months of March to May. This is the best time to visit Philippines and experience the best of the best islands!

December to February

The months of December to February are the time to experience the cool weather and the warm holiday season in the Philippines.

What to Eat in the Philippines

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The beautiful Philippines is not just a paradise of stunning beaches but it’s also a haven for foodies. From the street food to the most delicious dishes, Filipino cuisine will satisfy your hungry tummy. Here are some of the must-try Filipino food:

  1. Adobo
  2. Sinigang na Baboy
  3. Lechon
  4. Sisig
  5. Kansi
  6. Bulalo
  7. Isaw
  8. Balut
  9. Halo-halo
  10. Puto Bumbong

Read this for the full list of Filiino Food: A Taste of Filipino Food: 10 Pinoy Dishes That Will Have You Drooling

How to Get Around

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Getting around in the beautiful Philippines is easy and fun! The main mode of transportation in the country are jeepneys and tricycles. Every tourist in Philippines must experience riding the jeepney and tricycle for a memorable experience. There are also many areas in the Philippines where you can ride a bus and taxi. If you’re going for a long-distance trip to Philippines, you can ride a plane or ferry.

Visa Guidelines

Nationals from countries listed below who are traveling to the Philippines for business and tourism purposes are allowed to enter the Philippines without visas for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days, provided they hold valid tickets for their return journey to port of origin or next port of destination and their passports valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the contemplated period of stay.

Nationals from the following countries are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a period of stay of thirty (30) days or less:

AndorraGabonNepalUnited Republic of Tanzania
AngolaGambiaNetherlandsUnited States of America
Antigua and BarbudaGermanyNew ZealandUruguay
ArgentinaGhanaNicaraguaUzbekistan
AustraliaGreeceNigerVanuatu
AustriaGrenadaNorwayVatican
BahamasGuatemalaOmanVenezuela
BahrainGuineaPalauVietnam
BarbadosGuinea BissauPanamaZambia
BelgiumGuyanaPapua New GuineaZimbabwe
BelizeHaitiParaguay
BeninHondurasPeru
BhutanHungaryPoland
BoliviaIcelandPortugal
BotswanaIndonesiaQatar
Brazil*IrelandRepublic of Korea
Brunei DarussalamIsrael*Romania
BulgariaItalyRussia
Burkina FasoJamaicaRwanda
BurundiJapanSaint Kitts and Nevis
CambodiaKazakhstanSaint Lucia
CameroonKenyaSaint Vincent and the Grenadines
CanadaKiribatiSamoa
Cape VerdeKuwaitSan Marino
Central African RepublicKyrgyzstanSao Tome and Principe
ChadLao People’s Democratic RepublicSaudi Arabia
ChileLatviaSenegal
ColombiaLesothoSeychelles
ComorosLiberiaSingapore
CongoLiechtensteinSlovak Republic
Costa RicaLithuaniaSlovenia
Cote d’IvoireLuxembourgSolomon Islands
CroatiaMadagascarSouth Africa
CyprusMalawiSpain
Czech RepublicMalaysiaSuriname
Democratic Republic of the CongoMaldivesSwaziland
DenmarkMaliSweden
DjiboutiMaltaSwitzerland
DominicaMarshall IslandsTajikistan
Dominican RepublicMauritaniaThailand
EcuadorMauritiusTogo
El SalvadorMexicoTrinidad and Tobago
Equatorial GuineaMicronesiaTunisia
EritreaMonacoTurkey
EstoniaMongoliaTurkmenistan
EthiopiaMoroccoTuvalu
FijiMozambiqueUganda
FinlandMyanmarUnited Arab Emirates
FranceNamibiaUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

*Brazilian and Israeli nationals are given fifty-nine (59) days stay based on existing agreements. 

The following are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding fourteen (14) days:

  1. Holders of Hong Kong Special Administrative (SAR) passports.
  2. Holders of Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) passports.

The following are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding seven (7) days:

  1. Holders of Macau-Portuguese passports
  2. Holders of Hong Kong British passports.

Source: Department of Foreign Affairs

Philippines EVisa

The Electronic Travel Authorization for the Philippines (eTA Philippines) also called Philippines EVisa is an online travel authorization currently available for Taiwan citizens only who wish to visit the country for short-term stay. As of writing, the electronic visa waiver for the Philippines, can be obtained by Taiwanese passport holders through an online application form. 

To apply for the Philippines electronic travel authorization, the traveler needs a valid and eligible passport with a minimum validity of six months beyond the expected stay in the Philippines.

Taiwan also has an electronic visa system available for Filipino citizens who wish to travel to Taiwan.

Source: Philippines Visa

Tips in Exploring the Philippines

If you want a hassle-free holiday to Philippines, make sure to read these Philippines travel tips:

  1. Wear comfortable clothes that are weather-appropriate.
  2. While ATMs are widely available in the Philippines, always bring cash especially when going to places that are not highly-urbanized. 
  3. Don’t wear too many jewelries and avoid bringing expensive things that are flashy to the eyes of snatchers.
  4. Research before you travel.
  5. Learn the basic Filipino words like salamat (thank you), saan po ito (where is this?), kumusta (how are you?), and more.
  6. Don’t be shy or afraid to bond with the locals. Filipinos are very hospitable.
  7. Make sure to always keep yourself updated with the latest travel restrictions to Philippines due to the pandemic.
  8. Prepare the necessary requirements to travel to Philippines.

Frequently Asked Questions About Philippines Travel

Q: Where to go for Philippines holidays 2021?

A: Whether you’re looking for a relaxing Philippines vacation or an adventure of a lifetime, the Pearl of the Orient Seas does not disappoint. Here we’ve rounded up all the beautiful places in the Philippines you should add to your bucket list.

  • Palawan
  • Batanes
  • Boracay
  • Cebu
  • Siargao
  • Bohol
  • Ifugao 
  • Camiguin
  • Ilocos
  • Manila 
  • Tagaytay
  • Batangas
  • Rizal 
  • Zamboanga
  • Siquijor

Q: What are the countries covered by travel restrictions in Philippines?

A: The ban on foreign travelers now covers 36 jurisdictions, including Czech Republic, after they confirmed the presence of new COVID-19 variants in their areas, namely: United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States, Portugal, India, Finland, Norway, Jordan, Brazil, Austria, China, Pakistan, Jamaica, Luxembourg, Oman, United Arab Emirates, and Hungary.

As of writing, IATF-EID lifts travel restrictions on 36 countries starting Feb. 1, but other restrictions remain in place. For more details, read this news from Philippine Information Agency.

For more Philippine tourism news, read this blog: Latest Philippines Tourism News

Q: Is travel to Philippines from USA allowed?

A: As of writing, there’s still a travel ban from Philippines to USA due to the new COVID variant. However, as announced by the Bureau of Immigration, they are now lifting the ban on the 36 countries with the new COVID variant but certain travel restrictions still remain. See exemptions here. And travel to Philippines from US is still not allowed for leisure purposes.

Q: Can US citizens travel to Philippines?

A: As mentioned above, foreigners can now enter the Philippines but must follow certain protocols. US citizens can travel to Philippines provided that they are included in the exemptions and must adhere to the protocols.

Q: Is it safe to travel to the Philippines?

A: Yes. Traveling to the Philippines is definitely safe. The locals are kind and very hospitable. But like any other country in the world, you should still take care of your belongings while traveling.

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