The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted our way of traveling, forcing us to cancel all our plans due to travel restrictions. But with the continuous vaccine rollouts, borders are opening again and travel restrictions are easing up, allowing us to experience and revisit the beautiful destinations in the Philippines open for tourists. In this article, we will give you detailed (but easy to grasp) Travel Guidelines Philippines so that you can plan your trips accordingly. 

So if you’re someone who’s itching to wander the corners of this beautiful country again, this travel guide Philippines is for you. It is complete with the list of destinations in the Philippines open for tourists now, Philippine travel requirements, guidelines, and more!

Top Philippine Destinations Open for Tourism

Here’s a list of the Philippine destinations open to tourists:

  1. Baguio
  2. Batangas
  3. Bohol
  4. Boracay
  5. Camiguin
  6. Cebu
  7. Ilocos Norte
  8. Ilocos Sur
  9. La Union
  10. Metro Manila
  11. Palawan
  12. Siargao 

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General Travel Guidelines Philippines

Since the travel restrictions have begun to ease up, there are several destinations in the Philippines open for tourists 2022. Domestic travelers can now travel around the country again following certain guidelines and complying with the Philippine travel requirements. Foreign tourists however are still not allowed to enter the country for leisure purposes. So if you’re going to ask us “is Philippines open for international tourists?” there’s your answer right there.

If you’re looking for the Philippine immigration departure requirements 2021, you can check this out. We will also tell you the travel requirements to Manila as we go on so keep on reading especially if you’re an eligible traveler.

Top Philippine Destinations Open for Tourism

Read on to find out all the destinations in the Philippines open for tourists.

Baguio

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Baguio City is under Alert Level 1 with the local government looking at a daily tourist capacity of 20,000. Read this for the full details.

Dubbed as the Summer Capital of the Philippines, Baguio City is a popular tourist destination in the Philippines as it offers a cool climate year-round. 

Baguio Travel Requirements 2022

  • Baguio Visita registration with QR-coded Tourist Pass
  • Vaccination card or vaccination certificate
  • Health screening and verification at the triage in Baguio upon arrival
  • Negative test results for those who are not vaccinated

For more information about Baguio Travel Requirements and Updates, visit their Facebook page.

Must-read: A Complete Travel Guide for a Memorable Staycation in Baguio

Batangas

masasa beach beaches near manilaBatangas remains under Alert Level 2 from March 1 – 15, 2022.

The province of Batangas has been a default weekend destination for city dwellers looking for a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of the metro. It’s most famous for its white beaches, especially those of the ones in Laiya, that don’t need an airplane ticket to reach. 

Related article: 10 Batangas Tourist Spots Perfect for Quick Getaways

San Juan, Batangas Travel Requirements 2022

  • Vaccination cards for those who are fully vaccinated. 
  • Confirmed Reservation
  • If not fully vaccinated, provide a medical certificate issued not more than 3 days prior to arrival. 
  • Antigen or RT PCR Negative Test Result valid within 72 hours if you’re coming from NCR.
  • Staycation resorts may require Antigen testing upon arrival at the resort. 
  • Drop by the Municipal Tourism Reception Area and present a copy of your Confirmed Reservation and Medical Certificates/Vaccination Cards.
  • Pay the Ecological Fee of PHP 20 and claim your Referral Slip.
  • Present the Referral Slip upon arrival at the resort. No Referral Slip, No Entry. 

Who is allowed to travel to Batangas?

  • Tourists coming from Alert Level 1, 2, and 3.
  • Tourists of all ages. However, some hotels/resorts may only accomoodate individuals of certain ages. It’s best to check with the place prior to booking.

For more information about Batangas Travel Requirements and Updates, visit their Facebook page.

Bohol

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Bohol is most famous for its Chocolate Hills and the pristine beaches of Panglao

Bohol Travel Requirements 2022

Note: For fully vaccinated travelers, only a Vaccination Certificate or Vaccination Card shall be required. For partially vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers, they shall be required to present a negative RT-PCR Test Result taken seventy-two (72) hours prior to departure.

Other requirements:

  • Booking Confirmation from a DOT Accredited Hotel/Resort
  • Booking Confirmation of Tours with DOT Accredited tour operator
  • Flight details
  • Valid ID
  • SPass Registration and approval

Who is allowed to travel to Bohol?
Bohol is open to residents and domestic tourists as long as they comply with the Bohol travel requirements 2022.

Boracay

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Oh, Boracay! Does this place even need an introduction? It’s known worldwide because of its romantic sunset views, its cerulean waters, and of course, its sand that is fine as powder, and white as pearl. 

Suggested article: Everything You Need to Know Before Traveling to Boracay

Boracay Travel Requirements

Based on latest IATF Resolution, the entire province of Aklan including Boracay is under Alert Level 1 until March 15, 2022.

  • For fully-vaccinated individuals, vaccination card is required.
  • For unvaccinated or partially-vaccinated, negative RT-PCR test result (swab or saliva-based) with 72 hours validity. This must be taken from any laboratories accredited by both Department of Health (DOH) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or Saliva-based RT-PCR Test Result processed by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC)
  • Exemption: Children aged two years and below
  • Confirmed hotel booking from DOT accredited establishment with CAO
  • Round trip ticket
  • Government-Issued ID
  • Travel details
  • Get Health Declaration Card with QR code available on aklan.gov.ph or touristboracay.com | No QR Code, No entrySteps: Choose Boracay – Fill-up the boxes – Follow instructions on the OHDC receipt

Who is allowed to travel to Boracay?
Leisure travel to Boracay Island is open to tourists of all ages. However, it’s still best to check with your hotel prior to booking. 

For more information about Boracay Travel Requirements 2022 and Updates, visit their Facebook page.

Camiguin 

camiguin minadanao tourist spot

Camiguin, an island province in Northern Mindanao, was once an obscure location but now is among the top tourist destinations in the Philippines. With so many Instagrammable Camiguin tourist spots, the Island Born of Fire becomes an Island on Fire. 

Must-read: Camiguin Island: A Travel Guide to the Island Born of Fire

Camiguin Travel Requirements

Camiguin is under Alert Level 1 until March 15, 2022.

  • Negative RT-PCR Test Result should be taken 72 hours from swab before travel if you’re coming from NCR or Luzon; 48 hours from swab if you’re coming from the Visayas or Mindanao
  • COVID vaccination card
  • Booking details from accredited establishments
  • If you will be staying in a private home, you will need an LGU clearance instead of a confirmed reservation. Ask your host to process the clearance and have them send a copy
  • Fully vaccinated parents may bring their unvaccinated minor children
  • Adult (18 years old and above) children must also be fully vaccinated
  • RT-PCR Test is not required for children five years old and below
  • Register and get the CleanCamiguin QR Code at www.cleancamiguinqr.com

Who is allowed to travel to Camiguin?

Only those who are fully vaccinated tourists are allowed to enter Camiguin.

For more information about travel requirements to Camiguin and Updates, visit http://www.camiguin.gov.ph and https://www.facebook.com/PGovtCamiguin/.

Cebu

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This place gives you the best of both worlds because Cebu is where the city meets nature.

Note: The entire island of Cebu city is under Alert Level 2 until March 15, 2022.

Cebu Province

  • Medical certificate issued within 24 hours before arrival in Cebu.
  • Valid ID
  • Vaccination card

All persons going to Cebu Province should pass the symptoms checking or screening at the port and fill out passenger health declaration form provided by the airline

Cebu City

  • Vaccination card
  • Also applies to Non-Essential Travel to Cebu City
  • For unvaccinated or partially-vaccinated indiviuals, negative RT-PCR Test Result taken within the last 72 hours or Negative Antigen Test Result taken within the last 48 hours.
  • Safe, Swift, and Smart Passage (SPass) Registration

To register: Upload all documents to https://s-pass.ph/

  • Travel Coordination Permit (TCP) or Travel Thru Permit (TPP) QR Code

Mandaue City

  • Vaccination card
  • S-PASS
  • Valid Identification Card
  • Certificate of Barangay Residency OR ID with Complete Address in Mandaue City
  • Confirmed Hotel Booking/Accommodation in Mandaue City
  • For unvaccinated or partially-vaccinated indiviuals, negative RT-PCR Test Result taken within the last 72 hours or Negative Antigen Test Result taken within the last 48 hours.

Lapu-Lapu City

  • Vaccination card
  • For unvaccinated or partially-vaccinated indiviuals, negative RT-PCR Test Result taken within the last 72 hours or Negative Antigen Test Result taken within the last 48 hours.
  • Valid identification Card

Ilocos Norte

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If you’re a sucker for all things historic, Ilocos Norte is perfect for you.

Ilocos Norte is under Alert Level 1 until March 15, 2022.

Ilocos Norte Entry Requirements

For fully-vaccinated tourists

  • Vaccination card
  • Valid ID
  • Triage at a designated visitor center
  • Confirmed booking from a DOT-accredited accommodation or travel agency
  • Children below 12 years of age are not required to undergo testing as long as they’re traveling with a fully-vaccinated / duly exempt parent

For unvaccinated and partially vaccinated tourists

  • Negative RT-PCR test result (taken within the last 60 hours) or a negative antigen test result (taken within 24 hours)
  • Valid ID
  • Triage at a designated visitor center
  • Confirmed booking from a DOT-accredited accommodation or travel agency

For international tourists

  • Vaccination card
  • Passport
  • Triage at a designated visitor center
  • Confirmed booking from a DOT-accredited accommodation or travel agency

Who is allowed to travel to Ilocos Norte?

  • All individuals, without regard to age or commorbidities, are allowed to travel to Ilocos Norte.

For more information about Ilocos Norte Travel Requirements and Updates, visit their Facebook page.

Ilocos Sur

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As of March 2022, Ilocos Sur is open to fully-vaccinated tourists with no rest required.

Ilocos Sur is under Alert Level 1 until March 15, 2022.

Ilocos Sur Entry Requirements 

For fully-vaccinated individuals from Alert Levels 1 and 2:

  • Vaccination card
  • Valid ID
  • Proof confirmed booking at a DOT-accredited establishment or LGU-licensed establishment

For fully-vaccinated individuals coming from Alert Level 3:

  • Vaccination card
  • Valid ID
  • Proof confirmed booking at a DOT-accredited establishment or LGU-licensed establishment
  • Negative RT-PCR test result issued 48 hours prior to travel

For fully-vaccinated foreign tourists:

  • Vaccination Card
  • Passport
  • Proof confirmed booking at a DOT-accredited establishment or LGU-licensed establishment

For more information about Ilocos Sur Travel Requirements and Updates, visit their Facebook page.

La Union

la union beaches near manila

La Union, or Elyu as many people call it, is popular for its monstrous waves that surfers crave and Instagrammable colorful spots giving every traveler the hippie and beach vibes they’re aiming for.

La Union is under Alert Level 1 until March 15, 2022.

La Union Travel Requirements

For tourists from Alert Levels 1 and 2 areas who are fully vaccinated:
  1. QR-Coded-Tourists Pass (QTP) from Tara Na Visita System or NAPANAM QR Code
  2. Government-issued ID
  3. Tour booking confirmation with La Union based travel agency or pre-booked accommodation from DOT Accredited Establishment
  4. Covid-19 Vaccination Card
For tourists from Alert Levels 1 and 2 areas who are not fully vaccinated:
  1. QR-Coded-Tourists Pass (QTP) from Tara Na Visita System or NAPANAM QR Code
  2. Government-issued ID
  3. Tour booking confirmation with La Union based travel agency or pre-booked accommodation from DOT Accredited Establishment
  4. Negative RT-PCR test results. The result must be within 3 days before the actual arrival in La Union.
For tourists from Alert Levels 3 and 4 areas:
  1. QR-Coded-Tourists Pass (QTP) from Tara Na Visita System or NAPANAM QR Code
  2. Government-issued ID
  3. Tour booking confirmation with La Union based travel agency or pre-booked accommodation from DOT Accredited Establishment
  4. Negative RT-PCR test results. The result must be within 3 days before the actual arrival in La Union.

Tourists coming from Alert Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4 areas are allowed for a day tour in La Union. Individuals coming from Alert Level 5 areas for tourism purposes are not allowed.

Who is allowed to travel to La Union?

  • All individuals are welcome for tourism purposes except those who are coming from Alert Level 5 areas.

For more information about La Union Travel Requirements and Updates, visit their Facebook page.

Metro Manila

Who says you can’t enjoy the city? Metro Manila has a lot to offer—from old historic spots to modern areas.

Metro Manila is under Alert Level 1 until March 15, 2022.

Metro Manila Travel Requirements

  • Valid ID
  • Vaccination card
  • Those allowed to go out may undertake intrazonal and interzonal travel (including travel for leisure purposes), subject to the regulations of the LGU of destination.
  • Travel within and between zones is allowed.
  • MICE venues / activities, tourist attractions, DOT-accredited hotel staycations, and dining establishments are allowed to fully operate at 100%.
  • Fully vaccinated foreign tourists can now enter the Philippines. Main requirements include: acceptable proof of vaccination, valid return tickets, passport valid for at least six months, and insurance with a minimum coverage of USD 35,000.00. For more information and list of countries accepted, please refer to IATF RESOLUTION NO. 160-B and IATF RESOLUTION NO. 160-D for more information.

For travelers:

  1. Passport must be valid for at least six months at the time of arrival.
  2. Travelers must have a return or outbound ticket to their country of origin or next country of destination.
  3. Travelers must provide a proof of vaccination, except children below 18 years of age.
  4. Travelers must provide a negative RT-PCR test conducted within 48 hours prior to departure from the country of origin

Who is allowed to travel to Metro Manila?

  • All individuals are allowed to travel to Metro Manila.

For more information about travel requirements to Manila and Updates, visit Department of Tourism – Metro Manila.

Palawan

an island girl in el nido palawan

Another paradise on Earth is Palawan! Beautiful is not enough to describe what Palawan is. 

Coron, Palawan Travel Requirements

  • Vaccination Card (Fully Vaccinated)
  • Negative QR coded RT PCR test result conducted within 48 hours
  • Confirmed accommodation booking
  • Confirmed tour booking
  • Approved S-Pass travel application

Partially vaccinated and unvaccinated will still need to get a negative RT-PCR test.

Who is allowed to travel to Coron?

Domestic tourists arriving from areas under Alert Levels 1-4 as well as GCQ and MGCQ areas.

For more information about Coron, Palawan Travel Requirements and Updates, visit their Facebook Page.

El Nido, Palawan Travel Requirements

El Nido only accepts guests from Alert Levels 1-4. If you are over 65 or have comorbidities, you must be fully vaccinated to be allowed to enter El Nido.

  • Proof of Vaccination
    • Vaccination card / Vaccine Certificate for domestic tourists
    • One Health Pass for international tourists
  • Hotel Booking/Reservation in a DOT-Accredited Hotel
  • Round-trip ticket
  • S-Pass Travel https://s-pass.ph/ – now unrestricted so you only need to upload your ID. Travel requirements will be checked prior to boarding and upon arrival in EL Nido.

Who is allowed to travel to El Nido, Palawan?

Domestic tourists arriving from areas under Alert Levels 1-4 as well as GCQ and MGCQ areas.

Siargao 

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Siargao is a small teardrop-shaped island in Mindanao that will take your breath away.

Siargao is under Alert Level 1 until March 15, 2022.

Siargao Requirements: Surigao Del Norte Resident

  • Negative Result on Swab/Saliva RT-PCR Test released within forty-eight (48) hours or two (2) days prior to arrival in the province
    • Children who are seventeen (17) years old and below are exempted from the presentation of a negative result on Swab/Saliva RT-PCR Test
  • Valid Identification Card or any proof of residency in Surigao del Norte.
  • S-PASS

Siargao Requirements: Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APOR)

Government APOR

  • Negative Result on Swab/Saliva RT-PCR Test released within 48 hours or 2 days prior to arrival in the province
  • Valid Identification Card with address
  • Travel/Mission Order issued by the Chief of Office
  • S-PASS

Non-Resident Private APOR

  • Negative Result on Swab/Saliva RT-PCR Test released within 48 hours or 2 days prior to arrival in the province
  • Valid Identification Card (with address)
  • Confirmed booking of not less than 2 nights from any DOT-accredited accommodations – May be exempted from this requirement if they can present proof/s that they are coming to the Province of Surigao del Norte for the purpose of delivery or performance of essential goods and services.

Siargao Requirements: Tourist

Tourist (Invited by Local Resident of Surigao del Norte)

  • Negative Result on Swab/Saliva RT-PCR Test released within 48 hours or 2 days prior to arrival in the province.

    Children who are 17 years old and below are exempted from the presentation of a negative result on Swab/Saliva RT-PCR Test
  • Valid Identification Card with address
  • Travel Certification issued by the Mayor of the City/Municipality of destination, stating that you are a tourist invited by a local
  • S-PASS

Tourist (Not Invited by Local Resident of Surigao del Norte / Walk-In Tourists)

  • Negative Result on Swab/Saliva RT-PCR Test released within 48 hours or 2 days prior to arrival in the province.

    Children who are 17 years old and below are exempted from the presentation of a negative result on Swab/Saliva RT-PCR Test
  • Valid Identification Card with address
  • Confirmed booking of not less than 2 nights from any DOT-accredited accommodations
  • S-PASS

Who is allowed to travel to Siargao?
All individuals are allowed to travel to Siargao. 

For more information about Siargao Travel Requirements 2022 and Updates, visit their Facebook Page or read this article.

Frequently Asked Questions About Travel Guidelines Philippines

Q: Is Philippines now open for tourists?
A: Yes, the Philippines is now open for domestic travelers. 

Q: Is Bohol open for tourists now?
A: Yes, Bohol is open for tourists. There are several Bohol travel requirements 2022 that tourists are required to submit.

Q: Is Philippines open for international tourists?
A: Yes. The Philippines is open for international tourists as of the moment. The Philippines is admitting fully vaccinated travelers from countries that do not require a visa, such as the United States.

Q: Is Batanes open for tourists?
A: Batanes is accepting all inbound passengers ((Returning Residents, APORs, LSIs, Returning Patients). Fore more info, visit their Facebook page.

Q: Is Manila open for tourists?
A: Yes, Manila is open for tourists. There are several travel requirements to Manila that tourists are required to submit.

Q: What are the travel requirements to Manila?
A: Currently, Manila travel requirements only include a valid ID and vaccination card but it still depends on your purpose of travel. Make sure to check the LGU’s website or Facebook page or your destination’s social media pages to know the Manila travel requirements 2022. 

Q: Is Boracay open for tourists?
A: Yes, Boracay is open for tourists. The island is accepting domestic travelers. There are several Boracay travel requirements that tourists are required to submit.

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