Status Of Quarantines In The Philippines

Status Of Quarantines In The Philippines

Passing this message along from the US Embassy:

Starting Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the Philippines will temporarily ban the entry of travelers from, or who have transited through, the United States. Passengers coming from the United States or who have transited through the United States who arrive before Sunday should be allowed to enter the Philippines, but will be required to complete a 14-day facility-based quarantine regardless of their RT-PCR test result.   


Health Alert for U.S. Citizens in the Philippines:  Updated Travel Information Related to the Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic


Through January 15, 2021, the Philippine government has suspended all flights from the United Kingdom and will bar entry to travelers originating or transiting from the following locations:  the United Kingdom, South Africa, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, Israel, Hong Kong, Spain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Singapore, Lebanon, Japan, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Australia, France, Iceland, and South Korea. 


Passengers already in transit, or who were in any of the locations listed above within 14 days of their arrival in the Philippines, and who arrive before December 30, 2020, will be allowed entry but are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine, regardless of a negative RT-PCR result. 


For more information, see the Manila International Airport Authority website


The Philippine government also announced that the following quarantine classifications will be in effect through January 31, 2021:


General Community Quarantine (GCQ): 


Luzon – National Capital Region (Metro Manila), provinces of Batangas, Isabela and Santiago City; 

Visayas – cities of Iloilo and Tacloban; and 

Mindanao – Iligan City, Lanao del Sur, Davao City, and Davao del Norte.   


All other areas are placed under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ). 


As a reminder, the Philippine government mandated all persons to wear full-coverage face shields together with face masks while in public places. Local governments continue to implement additional requirements to slow the virus’ spread. For more information, please see our COVID-19 information page