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The Most Updated Travel Requirements to the Philippines in 2023

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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. So here is the most updated travel requirements to the Philippines from a well-traveled Filipino herself.

At least we can say it’s post-mid-pandemic travel (confusing I know, it’s there, but it’s not there), 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?

As someone who exhaustively traveled her homecountry for almost ten years, I can say there are so many beautiful places in the Philippines that don’t reach the radar of foreign travelers. But I do understand comfort is subjective, and I have to say the following islands have the most comfortable, convenient, and relaxing to stay for the first time. If you need someone to map out and plan your holiday in the Philippines, message me for my travel planning services. Email is


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.

Quick Cebu Guide:
Moalboal and Oslob are the best places to stay in southern Cebum. My bias are Moalboal and Malapascua.
Malapascua or Bantayan Island are my bet in northern Cebu

The best place for family or group in Oslob: Susada’s Inn
The best place for couple in Oslob: Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort
The best place solo traveler in Oslob: GT Seaside Inn

The best place for couple in Moalboal: Hale Manna Coastal Gardens
The best place for family or group in Moalboal: Quo Vadis Dive Resort
The best place for a solo traveler in Moalboal: PIG DIVE HOSTEL MOALBOAL
Find more hotel deals on Agoda

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.

Our Bias: Isla Cabana Resort
The Best for Families: Siargao Island Villas
The Best for Couple: Siargao Bleu Resort and Spa
The Most Budget-Friendly and the best for backpackers and DNs: Tropical Temple Siargao Resort
Check out Land Tours in Siargao 
Check out Island Hopping Tour in Siargao 
Find more hotel deals on Agoda


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.

Our Bias: Henann Crystal Sands Resort
The Best for Families:  Belmont Hotel Boracay
The Best for Couple: Shangri-La Boracay
The Most Budget-Friendly and the best for backpackers and DNs: Ferra Hotel and Garden Suites
Check out  Boracay Sunset Paraw Sailing and Boracay Helicopter Experience
Find more hotel deals on Agoda

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!

Our Bias: Dryft Darocotan Island
The Best for Families:  Qi Palawan
The Best for Couple: Cauayan Island Resort (El Nido)
The Most Budget-Friendly and the best for backpackers and DNs: Spin Designer Hostel – El Nido
Find more hotel deals on Agoda

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.

Our Bias: Tao Sangat Island Dive Resort
The Best for Families: Sunlight Eco Tourism Island Resort
The Best for Couple: Club Paradise Resort
The Most Budget-Friendly and the best for backpackers and DNs: Outpost Hostel – Coron
Find more hotel deals on Agoda


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.

Our Bias: Amorita Resort
The Best for Families: Bohol Beach Club Resort
The Best for Couple: South Palms Resort
The Most Budget-Friendly and the best for backpackers and DNs: Ecostay Panglao Resort Hotel
Find more hotel deals on Agoda


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.

Our Bias: The Bruce Luxury Private Cottage
The Best for Families: Aquamare Beach Camp Resort
The Best for Couple: Coco Grove Beach Resort
The Most Budget-Friendly and the best for backpackers and DNs: Fable Hostel
Find more hotel deals on Agoda

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

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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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