MANILA, Philippines – Fully vaccinated nationals of non-visa requiring countries under Executive Order (EO) No. 408, series of 1960 will soon be allowed to enter the Philippines, Malacañang said Friday.
In a press briefing, acting presidential spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said that starting February 10, foreign nationals who are holders of passports valid for at least six months at the time of their arrival, and with tickets back to their home countries or next country of destination will be allowed to enter the Philippines.
This policy essentially allows fully vaccinated international visitors traveling for business and tourism purposes as long as they came from countries specified under the EO. The list can be viewed here.
These passengers will also be required to present proof of vaccination against COVID-19 recognized under existing IATF regulations, including World Health Organization International Certificates of Vaccination and Prophylaxis, VaxCertPH, and national/state digital certificate of the foreign government which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement unless otherwise permitted by the IATF.
They shall also observe the existing testing and quarantine protocols in place for fully vaccinated international arriving passengers.
Nograles said children below 18 years of age are exempted from the requirement of full vaccination and providing proof of vaccination status prior to their flights.
Fully vaccinated nationals shall not be included in the arrival quota set by the Department of Transportation and its One-Stop-Shop, he added.
Nograles also announced that starting February 16, only fully vaccinated foreign nationals will be allowed to enter the Philippines.
He, however, clarified that unvaccinated or partially vaccinated Filipinos would still be allowed to return home.
“Pagdating sa Feb. 16, absolutely whether EO 408, or whether non-EO 408 or whether ito yung mga foreign nationals na for certain exemptions natin because of their expertise or their technical expertise or knowhow na binibigyan natin ng pahintulot na pumasok, basta absolutely by Feb 16 ang pwede lamang pumasok na foreign nationals ay fully vaccinated po lamang,” he said.
Nograles said this quarantine and testing protocol will be implemented until a new variant of concern emerges.
“Pag-suspend natin ng country classification, red, yellow, and green is temporarily suspended unless we need to bring it back due to and emerging variant of concern that has to be made very clear,” he said.
“This is something that we will continue to monitor. But as of today and as of the moment, we are seeing that it is widely omicron and we are only accepting fully-vaccinated. We are hoping that we could ramp up vaccination for more of our kababayans,” he added.