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Coronavirus in the Philippines: situation, news, entry, vacation

Corona in the Philippines: All information about the situation on site. Is a vacation possible? What is the number of Covid19 cases? Information on entry, restrictions, curfews.

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The Philippines have also closed their borders as part of the fight against Covid19. There was also a tough lockdown. Domestic air traffic and ferry connections were discontinued. Despite these measures, the Philippines is one of the countries with the most corona infections in Southeast Asia.

Although there have been initial easing since June, it is currently still open when tourists can return to the most beautiful destinations in the Philippines. After all, the timing is already being discussed.

Update: 05/10/2021

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Coronavirus Philippines: Cases & Infection Numbers

Status on May 10th, 2021:

  • 1,100,000 proven cases (+ 45,807 compared to the previous day)
  • 1,020,000 have recovered
  • 18,472 deaths

Source: CSIS South East Asia Covid19-Tracker

Vaccinations in the Philippines

Percentage of people who have received at least one vaccination:

Coronavirus: Visa and Entry to the Philippines (Changes and Restrictions)

The Philippine authorities have imposed a nationwide entry ban due to the spread of the respiratory disease Covid-19.

No Philippines visa is currently being issued for tourists. Visas that had already been issued were declared invalid.

Only the following groups of people are currently allowed to enter:

  • Filipino nationals and their family members (spouses, children, parents)
  • Travelers falling under the Balikbayan program. These are former Filipinos as well as spouses and children of Filipinos (birth or marriage certificate required).
  • Diplomats and staff of some international organizations accredited in the Philippines.
  • Foreign nationals who already have certain long-term visas (especially business visas). Binding information on the currently accepted long-term visas is available from the Philippine embassy.

Upon entry, the following are required:

  • depending on the airline: presentation of a current negative COVID-19 test before departure
  • Performing a COVID-19 test at the Philippine arrival airport. This must be booked in advance.
  • 14-day quarantine after entry (quarantine hotels in Manila, Cebu, Clark)
  • Use of the trace app

For the Philippines, the Federal Foreign Office has carried out a return program for stranded German travelers. From March 19, 2020 to mid-April there were several Return flights to Germany. The return program has now ended.

For travelers who are now stuck in the Philippines, the embassy has set up the following special e-mail addresses:

There are regular flights from Manila that are available if you want to leave the country. Depending on the airline, a negative corona test is necessary.

Air traffic to the Philippines

Some airlines still occasionally offer flights from Manila (e.g. Qatar Airways, KLM, Emirates). International air traffic has been increasing again since July, so that another terminal has been reopened at Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

As the number of entries per day at the international airports of the Philippines is limited, flights may be canceled.

Corona in Philippines: Information on the current situation in the country


Tough measures have been taken in the Philippines to contain the spread of Covid19. From March 17, 2020 to May 15, 2020, for example, strict quarantine measures applied to the main Philippine island of Luzon and the metropolitan areas around Cebu and Davao.

There were then numerous easing of the situation. To this day, the government has repeatedly adjusted the measures. There are still extensive restrictions on supply and freedom of movement. In addition, there are variable nightly curfews between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

The announcement of new restrictions can be made at very short notice.

Public life

Since June 1st, shops and shopping centers have reopened and more and more companies are working again. Depending on the infection, local lockdowns occur again and again, especially in metropolitan areas.

In addition to being asked to keep your distance, you must wear mouth and nose protection in public, and face protection in public transport and in public spaces. Violations can result in fines or imprisonment.

Furthermore, mass gatherings are prohibited.

In the event of infection, isolation takes place in state accommodation.

Transport and traffic

From mid-March to the end of May, traveling within the Philippines was almost impossible. For example, entry and exit bans applied to the greater Manila area (Metro Manila) by land, sea and air. The ferry traffic between the islands has also been discontinued.

As of June, many restrictions were lifted. Ferries are running again and the airlines Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Air Asia are offering domestic flights - albeit with a reduced offer.

However, as the infection rate continues, there are always restrictions.

Travel between the provinces is currently only possible to a limited extent. In some places, a health certificate and a negative COVID-19 test must be presented when entering a province. Quarantine may also be required in certain regions.

Philippines vacation despite Corona?

When can I go on vacation to the Philippines again?

It is currently not possible to enter the Philippines. There is hardly any international air traffic and the group of people who are allowed to enter is very limited. Tourist visas are not currently issued. The tourist infrastructure has been severely restricted since the beginning of the pandemic, and numerous hotels and resorts are still closed.

When we can return to popular destinations such as Bohol, Siquijor or the Banaue rice terraces is still open.

Meanwhile, attempts are being made to strengthen domestic tourism. For example, the island of Boracay can be visited again by locals from the region. Puerta Galera has also reopened under strict conditions.

The Philippine Minister of Tourism, Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, said in an interview that a return of tourism could only come slowly in order to ensure safety.

In order for distance between people to be possible, the number of visitors to popular places such as Boracay must be reduced. Possibly, offers for tourists with a higher budget should be created first.

In addition, travel bubbles with countries with low infection rates are being considered (including Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, China). Visitors could then visit Boracay, Palawan, and Bohol, for example, but not travel around the country.

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Philippines Coronavirus: News

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April 2nd, 2021 Lockdown in the Philippines again

New, tough lockdown in Manila and the nearby provinces. More than 25 million people are affected by the restrictions, which also apply over Easter in the predominantly Catholic country

March 17th, 2021 The Philippines close the borders again

The Philippines have announced a new entry ban for foreigners. According to the National Task Force against Covid19, this applies from Saturday to (at least) April 19, 2021.

The ban also applies in part to Filipino citizens living abroad. Only a few groups of people are excluded and the total number of arrivals per day must not exceed 1,500. The measure was justified with the increasing number of infections in the Philippines and the increased occurrence of virus mutations in other countries.

A two-week curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. was already imposed on Monday in Metro Manila.


02/23/2021 What's next in the Philippines?

In 2020, the number of international tourists plummeted by more than 80%. The tourism minister hopes that foreign visitors will be able to re-enter in 2021. However, there is no date yet. She also said a vaccination card could make entry easier.


02/12/2021 Easing in the Philippines

The Philippines are planning to reopen soon, including cinemas, museums, parks, amusement parks and historical sights.

In addition, the province of Cebu is preparing to open its borders to leisure and tourist travelers from all over the country in order to promote the recovery of the local economy.

01/15/2021 Philippines extend entry ban

The Philippines have extended the entry ban for travelers from 33 countries (including Germany, Austria, Switzerland) until (at least) January 31, 2021.

These are countries in which the new virus mutations have appeared.

Travelers with a Filipino passport are allowed to continue entering the country, but must be in quarantine for 14 days.


12/30/2020 Philippines: new entry freeze

Travelers who have stayed in Germany in the 14 days before are no longer allowed to enter the Philippines until at least January 15th, 21st.

Anyone who is already on the move (on the plane or in transit) must be quarantined on site for 14 days. The same applies to travelers with a Filipino passport, who are still allowed to enter but also have to be in quarantine for two weeks.


01.12.2020 What's next in the Philippines?

The Philippines are currently working on travel bubble deals with other Asian countries. However, there is no schedule yet. Should the negotiations come to a result, it could look like that for the time being only tourists from individual countries, probably with low infection numbers, will be allowed to travel to the Philippines again.

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced on Saturday that tourists covered by the Balikbayan program will be able to enter without a visa again from December 7th.

Balikbayans are former Filipinos, as well as spouses and children of Filipinos.

Incoming Balikbayan tourists must meet the following requirements:

  • come from visa-free countries according to Executive Order No. 408 (including Germany, Austria and Switzerland)
  • Book a quarantine facility in the Philippines in advance
  • Book a COVID-19 test in advance in a laboratory operated at the airport (and then have it carried out on site)
  • Present your old Filipino passport or a copy of your birth certificate upon arrival. Spouses and children must present their marriage or birth certificates.

The number of incoming passengers per day is also limited.

08/19/2020 Does Boracay open in October?

The popular island of Boracay may be reopened to international tourists in October. A travel bubble is under discussion with South Korea, i.e. only travelers from South Korea are allowed to visit the island.

A prerequisite for such an agreement would be that the infection numbers remain low on both Boracay and South Korea.


08/05/2020 Another lockdown in Manila

The number of corona cases in the Philippines is increasing sharply. For the capital Manila, hard lockdown rules will apply again (at least) for the next two weeks.

President Rodrigo Duterte has agreed to put Metro Manila and the nearby provinces such as Laguna, Cavite, Rizal and Bulacan under the so-called “Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine” (MECQ) until August 18.

Earlier, in an open letter to the president, 80 medical groups representing 80,000 doctors and one million nurses had warned that the health system would collapse without stricter controls.

People are supposed to stay home again immediately unless they need to buy essential goods or go to work. However, public transport is blocked and mass gatherings are prohibited.

Restaurants are only allowed to offer take-away food. Companies that manufacture essential goods such as food and non-alcoholic beverages are allowed to use their capacities to the full, while manufacturers of non-essential goods such as alcoholic beverages and tobacco are only allowed to use 50 percent of their capacity.


07/31/2020 Philippines: 4,063 new cases

The Department of Health (DOH) reported 4,063 new cases of coronavirus infection on Friday July 31, 2020, hitting a new record high in a single day, bringing the total number of cases to 93,354.


07/25/2020 Corona infections in the Philippines rise above 78,000

Coronavirus cases in the Philippines rose to over 78,000, according to the Ministry of Health. The majority of the reported cases are from the National Capital Region, Cebu, and Cavite.


07/17/2020 Philippines: Foreigners with long-term visas will soon be able to return to the country

From August 1, 2020, foreign nationals with long-term visas can travel to the Philippines again.

Applications for new entry visas will not be accepted and returning Filipinos will have priority given the existing airport capacity limits on inbound flights.

Foreigners entering the country must have pre-booked a room in a government-accredited quarantine facility and the services of a swab sample provider for COVID-19.


07/14/2020 Manila: 250,000 people have to go into lockdown again

Because the number of infections is rising sharply, another curfew has been imposed on a part of the capital. People are only allowed to leave the house when going to work or shopping.

Talking to each other or making phone calls was also prohibited on the MRT trains. Most recently, around 200 railway employees were infected with Corona.

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07/07/2020 Locals are allowed to travel again

The travel ban for locals will be lifted in the Philippines. Before that, they were only allowed to leave the country for “essential reasons”, e.g. if they live or work abroad.

The lifting of the travel restrictions will take effect 15 days after the notice is published in the Government Gazette. The implementation can therefore take until mid-August.


07/06/2020 Air traffic is increasing again

Due to the increasing number of international flights, another terminal will reopen at Ninoy Aquino International Airport on July 8, 2020.

However, only foreign nationals stranded in the country due to the lockdown, diplomats (including their spouses and children) and other nationals with permanent residence visas are allowed to leave.

Entry, however, is only permitted for Filipino citizens who are stranded in other countries or who work overseas. In addition, foreigners with permanent residence visas and students are allowed to enter.


June 19, 2020 Start of domestic tourism with setbacks

On the island of Boracay, the first domestic tourists were welcomed after the lockdown. However, only locals from the western Visayas region are currently allowed to travel.

Elsewhere, however, domestic tourism has stalled. The quarantine measures in Cebu City were stepped up again after an increase in coronavirus cases.

Cities and regions have to take different measures based on the current Covid19 infection figures. There are currently the following categories:

  • Increased general quarantine (ECQ): e.g. Cebu
  • General Community Quarantine (GCQ): e.g. Metro Manila, Bohol, Cebu, Siquijo, Negros Oriental and Davao City
  • Modified State Community Quarantine (MGCQ): e.g. Boracay

A city / region must be at the MGCQ level for a certain amount of tourism to be allowed.

Local airlines were allowed to operate limited commercial flights at at least eight airports.

Hotels, buses and boats can be used up to 50 percent, restaurants up to 30 percent.


06/05/2020 Ferry connections between the islands starts again

The ferry traffic between the country’s islands, which has since been suspended, has been partially resumed since June 3, 2020.


05/30/2020 Philippine Airlines with international flights again from June

Philippine Airlines will resume domestic and international flights with limited capacity from Monday June 1st. The destinations include Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, among others. We are considering flying to London again in June.

Numerous restrictions will be eased in the Philippines on June 1st.


05/04/2020 Philippines: Landing ban for commercial passenger flights

The Foreign Office reports: “On May 2, 2020, the Philippine government issued a nationwide landing ban for arriving commercial passenger flights. De facto, this is likely to lead to the suspension of all international passenger flights from the country. This regulation is initially limited to May 10, 2020. "


04/16/2020 Philippines: Return program ended

For the Philippines, the Federal Foreign Office has carried out a return program for stranded German travelers. From March 19, 2020 to mid-April there were several Return flights to Germany. The return program has now ended.

For travelers who are now stuck in the Philippines, the embassy has set up the following special e-mail addresses:

Some airlines still occasionally offer flights from Manila (e.g. Qatar Airways). The German embassy provides information on its website about which these are and when special flights from individual islands to Manila take place.


April 15, 2020 Tips for travelers to the Philippines

The Swiss Embassy in the Philippines has compiled detailed information. It gives travelers who are still stuck on a Philippine island an overview of the current options for flights, transfers and hotels.


04/07/2020 Philippines: Night curfew extended.

The nocturnal curfew on the Philippine main island of Luzon, which has been in force since March 17, has been extended to at least April 30, 2020.

04/06/2020 Special flights from Philippine Islands

Important for all travelers who are still stuck in the Philippines. On 7th and 8th April 2020, the German embassy is organizing special flights from Bohol, Palawan, Boracay, Cebu, Siargao and Davao to Manila. All information here.


March 24th, 2020 Philippines: Travelers from Switzerland should report to the embassy

The Swiss embassy in the Philippines is currently checking whether there will be a return flight. Swiss citizens who are interested in this should report to the embassy by 12 noon (local time in the Philippines) tomorrow. Here all information.


03/23/2020 Update registration for return campaign daily

The German Embassy in the Philippines points out that the registration for the federal government's repatriation program must be renewed daily. In addition, a separate entry is required for each person in the travel group.

On the embassy website you can find tips on how to organize a trip from different islands to Cebu or Manila. Planned special flights are also listed there.

March 19, 2020 return flights from the Philippines

The German Embassy in Manila has now announced three flights:

19 MARCH 2020 at 11.30 p.m.

20 MARCH 2020 at 11.30 p.m.

All information on the Facebook page of the German Embassy in Manila.


03/18/2020 Two return flights from Manila to Frankfurt

The German Embassy in Manila has confirmed that two flights from MANILA to FRANKFURT are now available for German visitors and accompanying family members who want to leave the Philippines:

  • LH 343 (MARCH 19, 2020, 11.30 PM)
  • LH 349 (MARCH 20, 2020, 11.30 PM)

There is also a flight from Cebu to Manila that night. Information about this and about the return flights on the Facebook page of the German Embassy.


03/18/2020 Philippines departure longer possible + special flight tomorrow

The German Embassy in the Philippines reports: “The 72-hour deadline for tourists to leave the country has been lifted again by the Philippine government. Germans wishing to leave the country are also allowed to leave the country during the quarantine period imposed until April 12, 2020.

For Germans wishing to leave the country who are in the country for a short stay (vacationers), a first Special charter flight on March 19th, 2020 in the evening from Manila-NAIA, Terminal 1, to Germany. If you belong to the mentioned group of people, are in Metro Manila or on Luzon and would like to use this possibility, please go on 19.03. In the afternoon to Terminal 1 of NAIA Airport. Further special flight offers are planned in the coming days. "

More information about the special flight on the embassy Facebook page.


March 17th, 2020: Philippines: Departure is only possible for 72 hours!

The German Embassy and the Austrian Embassy, ​​with reference to the Philippine government, report that from now on all foreign citizens have 72 hours to leave the country. Otherwise, they will be stuck in the Philippines for the next 26 days until April 13, 2020 (00:00 a.m.) and will no longer be able to leave the country.


03/15/2020 Special flight to the Philippines

The German Embassy in Manila reports:

03/13/2020 The Philippines are closing

In a current report, the German Embassy in Manila writes: "Due to the spread of the respiratory disease Covid-19, the Philippine authorities have imposed an entry ban for all travelers from countries with confirmed local transmission of the novel virus."

In addition, entry and exit bans from / to Metro Manila by land, sea and air will apply to the greater Manila area (Metro Manila) from March 15, 2020 from midnight until April 12, 2020.

The embassy makes the following recommendations:

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