CAN I TRAVEL TO THE PHILIPPINES?
Here’s the latest on what we know…
Updated November 18th, 2021
Can I travel to The Philippines?
Like some of its neighbours in Southeast Asia, the Philippines is still closed to tourists and the only people allowed to enter are nationals or special exceptions. The Philippines has a traffic light system and the UK is currently on the “Yellow” list. Click here to see the exceptions and to read more information about entry into The Philippines at the moment.
Entry requirements for The Philippines:
Can I enter The Philippines if I am fully vaccinated?
Whether you're fully vaccinated, not fully vaccinated or not vaccinated at all, the rules are the same. The Philippines is currently not open to tourists.
According to FCO, even if you're a national or are an exception, you will need to show your vaccination status - either via the UK COVID PASS (if you were vaccinated in the UK) or the VaxCertPH digital vaccination certificate or ICV (if you were vaccinated in the Philippines).
Fully vaccinated nationals or travellers with an exception that arrive from Yellow list countries (like the UK) must pre-book accommodation in an accredited quarantine hotel for at least 6 days. They will also need to take a COVID-19 PCR test on the 5th day of quarantine; if the test is negative they will be allowed to finish their quarantine at home until the 10th day after their arrival.
Can I enter The Philippines if I am unvaccinated/not-fully vaccinated?
The Philippines is currently not open to tourists. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated nationals and exceptions must pre-book accommodation in an accredited quarantine hotel for at least 8 days. They will need to take a COVID-19 PCR test on the 7th day of quarantine; if the test is negative they will be allowed to finish their quarantine at home until the 14th day after their arrival.
Do I need to quarantine when returning to the UK if I'm fully vaccinated?
If you're in The Philippines and you are fully vaccinated, then before you travel back to England, you must book and pay for a COVID-19 test (either lateral flow or PCR) that is to be taken after you arrive in England. You'll also need to complete a passenger locator form in the 48 hours before you arrive in England. When you're back in England, you can take the COVID-19 test any time after you arrive and before the end of day 2 at the latest. The day you arrive is day 0. You do not have to quarantine when you arrive in England. If your test result is positive, you must self-isolate. If your lateral flow test result is positive, you must also take a PCR test. If your lateral flow is negative, no problemo... go about your life as normal!
Do I need to quarantine when returning to the UK if I'm not fully vaccinated?
If you're in The Philippines and you are not vaccinated or only partially vaccinated, then, like fully-vaccinated travellers, you must complete a passenger locator form within 48 hours before you arrive in England. Unlike fully-vaccinated travellers, you must take a COVID-19 test in the 2 days before you travel to England. You must also pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 PCR tests that are to be taken after you arrive in England. When you're back in England, you must take the first test on or before day 2 and the second test on or after day 8. The day you arrive is day 0. If the day 2 test is positive, you must self-isolate for the full 10 days. You only have to take the day 8 test if the day 2 test is negative. If the day 8 test is negative, you're good to go, you can end your quarantine! If the day 8 test is positive, you have to self-isolate for 10 full days.
We're so sad that The Philippines is unfortunately still off-limits for anyone looking for a holiday. BUT as and when this incredible country opens, we’ll be ready with open arms! Check for more information on travel to the Philippines. For now, we’ll keep our hopes up and fingers crossed the Philippines reopens ASAP! So to get you inspired... take a look below!
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT THE PHILIPPINES?
The Philippines is pretty straightforward with its weather. 7,000 islands 2 main seasons. WET and dry! The best time to visit is between November to May which are the summer months (and just happen to be the chunk of time we run our tours)! So basically if you’re wanting a winter getaway the Philippines is THE place to be. Ya feel me? The wet season runs from June to October, although it’s still pretty warm it brings quite a bit of rain. So if you still want to lay out on the beach, but you don’t mind holding an umbrella over ya head whilst you read your kindle, travel then. Just kidding SUMMER IS WHERE IT’S AT! Typhoon season starts in September for around a month so best avoid heading out then!
GIVE ME SOME PHILIPPINES TRAVEL INSPO!
So many questions, so little answers. With 7,000 Islands where should you visit?
With its subtropical climate, there really is no better place to spend your holiday than the Philippines. Here are some adventures and activities that SHOULD be on your bucket list when visiting this beauty of a country!
Are you ready to get off the beaten track? Have you really been there if you haven't immersed yourself in the local culture. You have to visit and take part in the Isla Experience, a TruExclusive! Spend 3 days 2 nights living the ultimate beach babe / wildlife warrior lifestyle. Think Tom Hanks in Castaway. Without the crash, the unruly hair and the obsession with volleyball. WILSON. Ok so nothing like Tom Hanks, but volleyball is pretty sick and can be played on the island! Strip back to basics and stay in local bamboo huts beachfront. Take a Filipino cooking class from the legendary island locals themselves as the sunsets. Music playing, burnt orange sunsets and some of the best food in the Philippines, cooked by yours Tru-ly! Spend your days Island hopping visiting Piggy beach, YES PIGGY BEACH! Could it get any better? I don't think so...
Google best island hopping destination in the world and El Nido will come up. I mean DUHHH Have you seen it? It’s P-A-R-A-D-I-S-E Turquoise lagoons amongst emerald green lakes. El Nido has you thinking you’re straight out a heavily edited insta snap. THIS IS REAL LIFE. Every backpacker’s dream and travel inspiration. Spend your days sailing from island to island before grabbing a snorkel and jumping in. Look out for Nemo’s, Dory’s even a few turtles if you’re lucky! Grab you go pro guys, it’s a gooden. You want it. El Nido has got it. WE LOVE YOU EL NIDO.
SHAKAS UP GUYS LET’S GO! Siargao is the surfing capital of the Philippines. Therefore you have to visit and at least half attempt a stand up on the board. The guides here are some of the best and will have you riding those waves in no time at all. DISCLAIMER - After one surf lesson you have to throw a shaka hand signal to every fellow surfer on the island until you leave. It’s the law...well not really, but everybody pretty much does it. Ride those waves baby or just sit on the beach taking the piss out of your mates attempting it. Whether you're a Pro surfer or just Pro-blematic, it’s a sick day and experience not to be missed.
WHO’S READY TO GET OUT TO THE PHILIPPINES?!
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