PH Tourist Spots Open for Visitors: The Department of Tourism has recently launched an online platform listing tourism spots that are now open for visitors amid the COVID-19 threat. The website (https://www.philippines.travel/safeph) provides a comprehensive guide for tourists who wish to travel in the country.
“Public safety announcement: The Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) is ensuring that tourism stakeholders implement the safety protocols and series of precautionary measures set by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Department of Health (DOH), and is promoting habits that the public can adapt to contain the spread of the COVID-19,” excerpt from the tourism website.
For Iloilo City:
- Arevalo Plaza (Open to locals and Western Visayas residents GCQ)
- Breakthrough Restaurant (Open to Tourists)
- Camina Balay nga Bato (Open for Heritage lunch with prior booking)
- Casa Mariquit (Open to tourists)
- Fort San Pedro (Open to Tourists)
- Iloilo City Bike Lane (Open to tourists)
- Iloilo Esplanade (Open to Tourists)
- Jaro Church (Open to Tourists)
- La Paz Market (Open to Tourists)
- Molo Church (Open to Tourists)
- Molo Mansion (Open to Tourists)
- Molo Plaza (Open to Tourists)
- Sunburst Park (Open to Tourists)
- Tatoy’s Manokan and Seafood Restaurant (Open to Tourists)
For Iloilo Province:
- Bucari, Leon (Open to tourists)
- Dreamers Valley Camp Resort (Open to locals and Western Visayas residents)
- Gigantes Island, Carles (Open to tourists. Day Tour Only)
- Ledesma Coco Grove Beach Resort (Open to locals and Western Visayas residents)
- Reynaldo’s Beach Resort (Open to locals and Western Visayas residents)
- Rio Vida Family Beach Resort (Open to locals and Western Visayas residents)
- Sol Y Mar Eco-Farm (Open to locals and Western Visayas residents)
- Sol Y Mar Family Beach Resort (Open to locals and Western Visayas residents)
To see the comprehensive list, visit https://www.philippines.travel/safeph.
Updates on Travel Restrictions due to New COVID-19 Strain
Last updated: February 2, 2021
The Philippine Bureau of Immigration has lifted the travel restrictions on the thirty-six (36) countries with reported cases of the new COVID-19 variants starting February 1, following a directive from the Inter-Agency Task Force Against Emerging and infectious Diseases (IATF). However, the Philippines is still limiting the entry of foreign nationals and tourists into the country.
Requirements to Enter the Philippines:
Non-OFWs/ROFs and Foreign Nationals
- From the point of origin, you are required to register to E-CIF to secure a unique QR Code to be presented to OSS (One Stop Shop) upon arrival in the Philippines.
For Terminal 2 PAL Passengers, Terminal 1, and Terminal 3 Foreign Airlines.
- Pre-book at any Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ)-accredited hotel for at least seven (7) days beginning on your arrival date in the Philippines. Have ready cash of Php 4,000.00 for RT-PCR Testing and the corresponding amount for transportation expenses.
- Upon arrival at the airport, submit the accomplished Health Declaration Form to the Bureau of Quarantine. Non-OFWs/Foreign Nationals will be led to the OSS Briefing Area for a short briefing by the Philippine Coast Guard on quarantine protocols and distribution of Affidavit of Undertaking.
- Proceed to DOT (Department of Tourism) Desk for validation/endorsement/confirmation of quarantine hotel facility. Proceed to the Private Laboratory Desk for validation and confirmation of data and make the payment of Php 4,000 for RT-PCR Testing to be conducted in your chosen quarantine hotel facility.
- Proceed to the Bureau of Immigration for clearance. Retrieve your luggage. And submit duly accomplished Affidavit of Undertaking to Philippine Coast Guard. Get an airport taxi to bring you to your chosen quarantine facility/hotel and observe strict quarantine procedures. While on quarantine, take time to plan for your follow-on travel upon getting negative RT-PCR test results and BOQ Health Clearance. Consider the following:
- Airline or bus ticket
- Letter of Acceptance from your own local government unit (LGU)
- Travel Pass from any PNP office at the point of departure
- On Day 6, take an RT-PCR Swab Testing at the quarantine facility by assigned COVID-19 private laboratory. Continue observing strict quarantine protocols while waiting for test results. Upon receipt of negative RT-PCR result via email, expect to receive the BOQ Health Certificate indicating an actual number of days of quarantine. Present yourself to the quarantine hotel facility in charge with documents mentioned in item 12.
- Upon clearance, avail of authorized transportation means to your final destination. Do not loiter around and expose yourself to a possible source of transmission. Your delay in reporting to your LGU can be a ground for the imposition of another 14 days of quarantine. Always observe health protocols during your travel.
- Upon arrival in your locality, report to your barangay officials for accounting and instructions. Your LGU has been informed earlier about your arrival through a DILG mechanism. Complete home quarantine at the barangay for the remaining balance until the required 14 days or as your LGU instructs.
- Once released from quarantine by LGU, continue observing minimum health standards like wearing of face mask, maintaining physical distance, and washing of hands. Keep your immune system strong by having enough sleep, eating the correct food, and doing regular physical exercise.
For Overseas Filipino Workers:
- While abroad, register online and secure your QR Code thru https://c19.redcross.org.ph/arriving-passengers for land-based OFWs and https://ecif.firstaide.ph/#/ for seafarers. Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) collects the accomplished health declaration form from all passengers. A BOQ medical officer and staff will evaluate arriving OFWs / ROFs for any signs of infection declared as Public Health of International Concern (PHEIC) like COVID-19 through thermal scanning, Health Declaration Checklist (HDC) review, and physical examination.
- Upon arrival at NAIA, a Philippine Coast Guard will brief passengers on health and safety protocols. Secure and fill out the OWWA Project Care Form. Proceed to Bureau of Immigration for clearance prior to retrieval of luggage. Proceed to OWWA arrival counter and submit the Project Care Form. For seafarers, proceed to MARINA Help Desk.
- For land-based OFWs, your accommodation will be provided free of charge by OWWA. For sea-based OFWs, your Local Manning Agency (LMA) will arrange for your hotel accommodation/quarantine facility. Note that your date of arrival will be marked as your Day 1. Board designated OWWA buses to your assigned quarantine facility/hotel and observe strict quarantine protocols.
- On Day 6, a Philippine Coast Guard will conduct the RT-PCR swab test at the hotel/quarantine facility. Continue observing strict quarantine procedures while waiting for results. Upon receipt of negative RT-PCR test results online, expect to receive a Bureau of Quarantine Health Certificate indicating the actual number of days on quarantine. Wait for advice and prepare to leave the hotel using OWWA assigned buses.
- For sea-based OFWs, your LMA will arrange for your transportation to PITX or NAIA Terminal 2. For Luzon bound, proceed to PITX in Parañaque. For Visayas and Mindanao bound including Palawan, proceed to NAIA PAL Terminal 2 for processing. Fill out the necessary forms and wait for check-in announcements. Proceed to the pre-departure area and wait for the boarding announcement.
- Upon arrival at airport of destination, report to RTF / PTF / OWWA Station or LGU for accounting and instructions. The RTF / PTF or LGU will provide free transportation to LGU of final destination. Complete the remainder of your quarantine (total of 14 days) at the city / municipal / barangay quarantine facility, or at home if permitted by your LGU.
- Once released from quarantine by LGU, continue to observe minimum health standards like wearing of face mask, maintaining physical distance, and washing of hands. Keep your immune system strong by having enough sleep, eating the correct food, and doing regular physical exercise.
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