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The Most Updated Travel Requirements to the Philippines in 2023

what are the travel requirements in the Philippines 2023

Ready to jet set off to the tropical paradise that is my homeland, the Philippines? Well, before you pack your bags and head to the airport, make sure you’re up-to-date on the latest travel requirements for 2023. With the pandemic still looming, it’s essential to know what you need to do to ensure a hassle-free and safe trip.

But hey, at least we can say it’s post-mid-pandemic travel, and the world is gradually getting back on its feet. So let’s dive into what you need to know to have a stress-free Philippine adventure!

As of September 2022, it is no longer mandatory for international travelers headed to the Philippines to undergo facility-based quarantine or present a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test result (RT-PCR/Antigen Test).

However, in order to comply with these guidelines, you must register individually to the eTravel platform (mandatory) and be able to provide proof of registration both upon check-in/boarding and upon arrival in the Philippines. The One Health Pass is officially replaced with the electronic Travel (eTravel).

The following guidelines are in accordance with IATF Resolution No. 2 (s. 2022) on the entry, quarantine, and testing requirements for inbound travelers to the Philippines:

A. FULLY VACCINATED (Filipino and Foreign Travelers)

  • No pre-departure COVID-19 test required.
  • The traveler must have received the second dose in a two-dose series or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to departure from the country of origin or port of embarkation.

IMPORTANT TIP: your vaccination card is like a mid-pandemic passport. So bring it with you in case there are random health inspections on the spot to prove you’re fully vaccinated.

what are the travel requirements  to the philippines in 2023. Photo in Kayangan Lake, Coron, Philippines
Kangayan Lake, Coron

B. UNVACCINATED or PARTIALLY VACCINATED (Filipino and Foreign Travelers)

  1. Travelers who are 15 years or older must present a remotely supervised/laboratory-based Rapid Antigen Test, administered and certified by a healthcare professional in a healthcare facility, laboratory, clinic, or similar establishment, taken 24 hours prior to departure from the country of origin/first port of embarkation on a continuous travel to the Philippines, excluding layovers. The traveler must not have left the airport premises or been admitted to another country during the layover.
  2. Travelers 15 years and older who fail to present a negative pre-departure test result shall undergo a laboratory-based Antigen Test upon arrival at the airport.
  3. Accompanied minors below 15 years of age who are not vaccinated for any reason shall follow the quarantine protocols of their parents or an accompanying adult/guardian traveling with them.
  4. Unaccompanied minors below 15 years of age who are not vaccinated for any reason shall follow the protocols in Section B (1) and (2) above.

Important Note

Any inbound traveler, whether Filipino or foreign national, who tests positive for COVID-19 through rapid antigen testing shall be subjected to the latest prevailing quarantine and isolation protocols of the Department of Health (DOH).

In summary, fully vaccinated travelers are not required to undergo pre-departure testing, while unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers must present a negative pre-departure test result. Any traveler who tests positive for COVID-19 will be subject to quarantine and isolation protocols mandated by the DOH.

Now, I’m Ready. Where Should I Go?


This tiny island packs a powerful punch with its mystical charm, powdery white sand beaches, and enchanting waterfalls. Siquijor is the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and reconnect with nature and your inner peace. There are so many things to do in Siquijor, it is my favorite destination when I’m fed up with Cebu. Plus, Apo Island is a boat away from Siquijor.


Dubbed as the “Queen City of the South,” which I fucking hate since it proliferates imperial Manila’s narrative, my home island, which is in central Philippines by the way, is a melting pot of culture and history, mixed with modern amenities and exciting nightlife. Don’t miss out on trying the local delicacy, lechon, and exploring the famous Magellan’s Cross and the nearby Basilica (Cebu City Guide), and venturing out to southern Cebu and experience many things you haven’t experienced in your life like doing intense canyoneering and swimming with whale sharks, millions of sardines and turtles. Stuff like that. Or head north and explore some of the nicest beaches in the country.

What are the travel requirements in the Philippines so I can see the best beaches in south cebu


A surfer’s paradise, Siargao is home to some of the best waves in the world. But even if surfing isn’t your thing, this laid-back island still has plenty to offer, from island hopping to swimming in crystal clear lagoons. From its famed Magpupungko Rock Pools to the less known beaches up north.


No list of Philippine destinations is complete without Boracay. This island paradise has been consistently ranked as one of the world’s best beaches, and for a good reason. With its white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and vibrant nightlife, Boracay is a must-visit destination for any traveler.

El Nido, Palawan

El Nido is the epitome of tropical paradise. The limestone cliffs, hidden lagoons, and crystal clear waters make it a popular destination for island hopping tours. Don’t forget to catch the stunning sunset at Nacpan Beach!

Coron, Palawan

Known for its world-class diving spots and shipwrecks, Coron is a must-visit destination for any diver or snorkeler. But even if you’re not into diving, you can still enjoy the breathtaking views and stunning beaches.


From the famous Chocolate Hills to the cute and cuddly tarsiers, Bohol has something for everyone. Don’t forget to visit the stunning beaches of Panglao Island and try out the adrenaline-pumping Loboc River zipline.

So there you go, the travel Requirements for the Philippines in 2023 and some suggested destinations in the country.

Jona of Backpacking with a Book

Hi there, I’m Jona, originally from Cebu, Philippines, had live in Hanoi, Vietnam, and now currently based in Munich, Germany. This blog used to house thoughts on life and books, but eventually it morphed into a travel blog. For collaborations, projects, and other things, please email me at For essays, creative nonfiction, and others, find me elsewhere.

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