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Update on International Arrivals and Health Protocols in the Philippines

PSA-2020-025-HMFC

The Philippine Consulate General in Agana (Guam) reiterates to the public, here on Guam and throughout its consular area of responsibility in the Western Pacific, that travel restrictions on foreigners remain in effect at all international airports in the Philippines. This is based on the latest press statement issued by the Bureau of Immigration (BI), which clarified that ONLY Filipino citizens, that is, holders of Philippine passports, will be allowed to enter the country at this time.

Although limited flight operations have resumed for some routes, including between Manila and Guam, this does not mean that anyone with a ticket will be allowed to enter the country.

At this time, current exemptions for foreign passport holders only cover: (a) spouses and dependents of Filipino citizens (provided they have adequate proof of marriage and filiation); (b) foreign diplomats and officials of international organizations accredited or assigned to the Philippines; and (c) foreign crew members of airlines.

The Philippine Consulate General in Agana (Guam) DOES NOT have any authority to issue waivers or decide on the admissibility of foreign travellers attempting to enter the country for whatever reason. Admissibility of foreign passport holders arriving in the Philippines remains the prerogative of the Bureau of Immigration, in coordination with relevant authorities and associated COVID-19 task forces.


Meanwhile, the public is advised of the following health protocols being implemented by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging and Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) on COVID-19:

  • A ONE-STOP-SHOP (OSS), created on 26 April 2020 and installed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), assists overseas Filipino workers (OFWs)  in identifying possible isolation facilities where they may complete their 14-day mandatory quarantine to ensure their well-being, and to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The OSS implements a QR Code System where all returning overseas Filipinos (OFs) are encouraged to register and fill out the electronic Case Investigation Form (e-CIF) to fast track mandatory health protocols upon arrival in NAIA.
  • Please follow the step-by-step procedures below in accomplishing the e-CIF:
    1. Open the internet browser and go to ecif.redcross.com.ph;
    2. Fill out the form then click "Submit" when done;
    3. Save the QR code on your mobile phone or tablet by taking a screenshot or printing out a copy;
    4. Present the QR code upon health assessment for the COVID-19 Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test at the airport.
  • While waiting for the results of the RT-PCR tests, all passengers will be placed in quarantine facilities inspected by the Department of Health - Bureau of Quarantine. Please see the updated quarantine facilities list for reference via this link: http://quarantine.doh.gov.ph/facilities-inspected-as-of-june-11-2020/
  • Please take note that:
    • For returning OFWs, the cost of quarantine accommodations shall be shouldered by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) for land-based OFWs, and by the local manning agency and/or Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) for sea-based OFWs;
    • For Overseas Filipinos (OFs) returning home, they can choose from among the approved quarantine facilities at their own cost;
    • The Bureau of Quarantine shall issue the Unified Quarantine Certificate to OFWs and OFs upon discharge from Stringent or Mandatory Quarantine Facilities, depending on the RT-PCR test results.

To underscore yet again, the Philippine Consulate General in Agana (Guam) strongly advises against foreign passport holders traveling to the Philippines at this time as they are most probably going to be excluded at the port of entry by the Bureau of Immigration. We will not be able to offer any assistance to foreign passport holders who insist on flying to the Philippines and who may be inconvenienced as a consequence.