Australian Embassy
The Philippines

COVID-19 Updates

 

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The following is the latest information available and was last updated 2 February 2022.  It should be read in conjunction with our Philippines Travel Advice & Safety | Smartraveller and COVID-19 | Smartraveller.
Should you require further advice or wish to discuss your personal circumstances with us, please email at [email protected]

 

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COVID-19 updates and returning to Australia

 

 

Departing the Philippines, Philippine visas and travel within the Philippines

Ensure your visa is updated at all times. Failure to do so may result in overstay fees and fine or detention and lengthy deportation process.

For the latest advisories see the Bureau of Immigration Philippines website.

Below provides some general guidance on the most common enquires received by the Australia embassy. However, you should contact the Bureau of Immigration Philippines directly for advice. Their website lists phone numbers and their Facebook account as well as a list of Other Offices | Bureau of Immigration should you need to visit in person.

 

To renew your visa

To renew your visa, please contact the Bureau of Immigration Philippines directly for advice to correct any outstanding visa issues. You must comply with COVID-19 restrictions at all times during your visit to an immigration office. Appointments to visit Immigration are no longer required. However, clients are required to present proof of vaccination before being granted entry.

 

Overstaying your visa

Foreigners who overstayed for less than six months can still pay their visa overstay fees at the airport. 

For foreign nationals who have overstayed for more than 6 months, the process is as follows:

  • apply for visa extension at nearest BI satellite office,
  • all applications for visa extension are referred to BI Manila; the process can take more than a month,
  • visa fees and penalties must be paid,
  • exit clearance certificate (ECC) is required.

For foreign nationals who have overstayed for 3 years or more

  • apply for visa extension at nearest BI satellite office,
  • all applications for visa extension are referred to BI Manila; the process can take 2 to 3 months or more,
  • visa fees and penalties must be paid,
  • exit clearance certificate (ECC) is required,
  • you will be issued with an “order to leave” and a timeframe to depart the Philippines.

 

To apply for an Emigration Exit Clearance (EEC)

If you have been in the Philippines for more than six months or have overstayed your visa prior to the lockdown you may need an Emigration Exit Clearance (EEC) and should contact the Bureau of Immigration in advance of departing. Visit the following website for more information:

ECC – Tourist (More than six months) (immigration.gov.ph)

You will need to visit an immigration office in person to undertake biometrics.

 

 To apply for a Travel Pass to leave the Philippines for certain visa types

Depending on your Philippine visa type (such as those issued by the Philippine Department of Justice (DoJ), the Philippine Board of Investments (BoI), the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA) or the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), you may need to obtain a Travel Pass from the Department that issued your visa in order to leave the Philippines. If you hold an ECC issued by the Bureau of Immigration you may be exempt from this requirement.

 

Airport departure tax

If you're leaving the Philippines from Mactan-Cebu or Clark International Airports, you need to pay a departure tax.

If you leave from Nino Aquino International Airport in Manila, there's no departure tax.

 

Approval to travel to the Philippines – arrival procedures

From 1 February 2022, fully vaccinated travellers are no longer required to quarantine on arrival, however you should monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and report any symptons to local government.

From 10 February 2022, fully vaccinated Australians are allowed to enter the Philippines, subject to certain conditions

If you are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated you should register your travel to the Philippines on the One Health Pass online portal. You should also complete the ‘electronic health declaration checklist’ in order to receive a QR code to use for arrival formalities. Unvaccinated individuals may be required to undergo PCR testing and facility-based and/or home quarantine. Further information can be obtained from the Department of Tourism.

On arrival in the Philippines, enter the One Health Pass  electronic health declaration QR code at the Bureau of Quarantine to commence arrival formalities. 

For more information, see IATF Resolution 160-B.

 

Transiting through the Philippines

Transit restrictions may be in place. You should discuss options for transit with your airline or travel agent.

 

 Useful links

Australia: COVID-19 | Smartraveller

Australia: COVID-19: Trying to get home | Smartraveller

Australia: COVID-19 and the border (homeaffairs.gov.au)

Australia: Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert | Australian Department of Health

Australia: Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for international travellers | Australian Department of Health

Australia: Australian Immunisation Register  

Discover more fun! (philippines.travel)

Philippine: Department of Health (doh.gov.ph)

Philippine: Department of Foreign Affairs | dfa.gov.ph/covid-19-advisories

Philippine: Bureau of Immigration  

Philippine: Embassy of Canberra Australia (philembassy.org.au)

World Health Organisation: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) (who.int) 

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