What to know about travelling from Australia to the Philippines during COVID-19
The latest on quarantine status, COVID-19 vaccine and test requirements and local restrictions for Australians hoping to travel to the Philippines.
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The Philippines offers Australians a world of experiences, from the greenery of the Chocolate Hills to the oasis that is El Nido in Palawan.
The country is now open to fully vaccinated travellers from Australia without the need to quarantine, although a negative COVID-19 test is required before you arrive.
TL;DR: Entry requirements for Philippines
- A negative PCR test result received within 72 hours of arrival
- Proof of vaccination
- Travel insurance covering at least US$35,000 against COVID-19 treatment expenses
- Visa (if required)
What are the entry requirements for the Philippines coming from Australia?
Do I need a permit or visa to enter the Philippines?
Yes. At this time, you must have an approved visa and a travel exemption prior to travel to the Philippines. Currently, only vaccinated nationals, residents, certain permit holders and those travelling for essential reasons are allowed entry. From 10 February 2022, tourists from Australia can enter.
Foreign nationals falling under the below categories can apply for a visa:
- Foreign spouses of Filipino nationals
- Children of Filipino nationals
- Foreign parents of Filipino minor children
- Foreign partners of pregnant Filipino citizens
For more information and basic requirements for applying, contact the Philippine Embassy.
Do I need proof I'm vaccinated to travel?
Yes, you'll need to be fully vaccinated to enter the Philippines unless you fall into a select group of arrivals that include Filipino nationals.
Do I need proof I've had a negative test when travelling to the Philippines?
Yes, travellers are required to have a negative PCR test result completed within 72 hours of departure from their country of origin.
Do I need to quarantine when I arrive in the Philippines?
Fully vaccinated travellers are no longer required to quarantine on arrival.
Non-vaccinated travellers may be required to undergo facility-based and/or home quarantine.
Getting to the Philippines and travelling around once there
Which entry points in the Philippines are open to travellers from Australia?
All entry points are open to approved travellers from Australia.
Are flights between Australia and the Philippines available?
Yes, several airlines are operating a limited schedule of flights connecting Australia to the Philippines. However, be prepared for cancellations, delays and disruptions.
Your trip will likely include multiple stopovers. Make sure to also meet the transit requirements for each destination.
Air Canada flights from $1,225 return
Available from 1 July – 30 November 2022 on flights to destinations including Toronto, Vancouver, Seattle and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Los Angeles. T&Cs apply.
USA flights from $1,209 return
Available on United Airlines flights until 31 December 2022. Sample fare is Sydney-Los Angeles. Other destination includes San Francisco. T&Cs apply.
Cebu Pacific flights from $309 each way
Available select Philippine flights from 1 July – 31 October 2022. Sample fare is Sydney-Manila.
As a traveller from Australia, can I travel anywhere once I'm in the Philippines?
Travelling around the Philippines is allowed for domestic tourism but is limited to select destinations and with restrictions. For example, you may need to present a negative COVID-19 test result or a vaccination certificate when crossing local borders.
Each provincial area is managing and implementing its own COVID-19 measures. Some destinations only allow leisure travel for local residents.
You must wear a face mask when outside your accommodation.
While not related to COVID-19, there are some parts of the Philippines that Smartraveller recommends Australians stay away from. This includes Mindanao, the Sulu Archipelago and the southern Sulu Sea area.
Are hotels, hostels and resorts open to tourists?
Yes, all accommodation options are allowed to reopen. Keep in mind that not all provincial areas can accept foreign nationals. You should contact the hotel before booking to discuss requirements.
Up to 10% off Asia hotels
Available on stays until 30 June 2022. Destinations include Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, India and more. T&Cs apply.
Up to 20% off Philippines stays
Available on stays with a minimum booking of 3 nights. T&Cs apply.
Get free perks on Southeast Asia hotel stays
Get room upgrades, breakfasts and more on stays until 30 September 2022 on destinations including Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia. T&Cs apply.
Can I cruise to or around the Philippines?
Yes, as sea borders are technically open in the Philippines. Major lines had scheduled cruises that sailed last January 2022.
What's open in the Philippines?
While some parts of the Philippines are open for local tourism, it's important to do your research before setting off to explore. Provincial areas may have restrictions based on age and medical history. There may be restricted access due to capacity limits as well.
The Philippine Department of Tourism has an up-to-date list of destinations that are open for tourism.
Some of Philippines' open attractions and sites on our list include:
- Cebu Heritage Monument
- Bohol Chocolate Hills Adventure Park
- Corregidor Island
- Intramuros Walled City
- Pagsanjan Falls
- Puerto Princessa Underground River
- Taal Volcano
- The Dessert Museum
Walking trails, parks and beaches: Most parks, beaches and trails are open but restrictions are managed by provincial governments and rules can change at short notice. Follow local media for up-to-date information.
Shopping centres and stores: Yes, stores are allowed to reopen but be prepared for additional safety measures and changes in opening hours.
Restaurants, cafes and bars: Capacity limits apply to restaurants with a maximum of 50% indoor and 70% outdoor venue capacity. In the National Capital Region (NCR) where Manila is, it's limited to 30% indoor and 50% outdoor. You may be required to show proof of your vaccination status before entering.
Returning to Australia from the Philippines
Do I have to quarantine when I return to Australia?
Yes, you will need to do some level of quarantine upon arrival back from the Philippines. However, this depends on which state you're flying into and your vaccination status.
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Do I need proof of a negative test before arrival in Australia from the Philippines?
Whether you need a negative COVID-19 test result before you arrive in Australia from the Philippines depends on which state or territory you're travelling to.
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Current travel deals to Philippines
While the Philippines isn’t quite ready for us yet, there’s no harm in planning your dream trip for when it is. Take a look at the travel deals currently on offer, many of which have flexible travel policies so you don’t lose out if your plans change.
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