Now Open To Foreigners- Can I Travel To The Philippines Right Now?

08/26/2022

Overview- Can I travel to the Philippines Right Now?

Yes. The borders of this beautiful Archipelago Nation are now open to fully vaccinated foreign international travelers. Finally, some good news for foreign tourists and expats waiting to enter the Philippines and enjoy the country's gorgeous white sand beaches and famous islands.

The IATF-EID (Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases) has updated the requirements for who can enter the Philippines. As of February 10th, the National Government lifted the nonessential travel ban. The entry, testing, and quarantine protocols for foreign citizens entering the Philippines for business or tourism are now as follows:

  1. 1
    Foreign, Vaccinated, and Visa-Free
    FULLY VACCINATED foreign citizens from the 157 countries listed below are allowed visa-free entry to the Philippines Click Here If You Are From A Visa-Free Country.
  2. 2
    Foreign, Vaccinated, and Visa-Restricted
    FULLY VACCINATED foreign citizens from visa-required countries (countries NOT on the list below) require a valid visa from the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate. However, as of April 1, 2022, existing IATF rules and regulations no longer require an Entry Exemption Document (EED). Click Here If You Are From A Visa-Required Country
  3. 3
    Returning Filipino
    Click Here If You Are A Returning Filipino
  4. 4
    Foreign and Unvaccinated or Partially Vaccinated
    PARTIALLY VACCINATED or NON VACCINATED foreign citizens cannot enter the Philippines.

LIST OF COUNTRIES Allowed To Enter The Philippines Visa-Free [Click to Expand]

Countries That Can Enter The Philippines Visa Free:
Andorra
Angola
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Australia
Austria
Bahamas
Bahrain
Barbados
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Botswana
Brazil*
Brunei Darussalam
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
Chile
Colombia
Comoros
Congo
Costa Rica
Cote d’Ivoire
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia
Fiji
Finland
France
Gabon
Gambia
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Hungary
Iceland
Indonesia
Ireland
Israel*
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Latvia
Lesotho
Liberia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico
Micronesia
Monaco
Mongolia
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar
Namibia
Nepal
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Norway
Oman
Palau
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Republic of Korea
Romania
Russia
Rwanda
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
San Marino
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Seychelles
Singapore
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
South Africa
Spain
Suriname
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Tajikistan
Thailand
Togo
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
Uganda
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
United Republic of Tanzania
United States of America
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Vatican
Venezuela
Vietnam
Zambia
Zimbabwe
*Brazil and Israel remain eligible for 59-day visa-free entry as elaborated under Section D of FSC-21·10.

*HINT- The United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia are on the approved visa-free list.

Office of the Presidential Spokesperson

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles
February 10th, 2022

IATF updates protocols for arriving foreign nationals

"All foreign citizens, except only for minor children under twelve years old traveling with their fully-vaccinated parents, must be fully vaccinated and show valid proof of vaccination."

QUICK SUMMARY- Foreigners Entering The Philippines

  • The nonessential travel ban has been lifted
  • Only completely vaccinated foreign travelers can now enter the Philippines
  • Foreigners must possess an IATF accepted vaccine certificate
  • Foreign citizens from 157 countries, including the United States, are allowed visa-free entry
  • There are still travel restrictions for foreign travelers from visa-required countries, including India and Nigeria

Please note the information in this article is correct as of the date of publication. However, the situation is fluid, and the country's public health authority can change the travel advisory or issue a travel warning at any time. 

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Who can travel to the Philippines?

Under IATF Resolution 159, returning Philippine citizens, former Philippine citizens, and all fully vaccinated foreign nationals can travel the Philippines regardless of their country of origin. However, the documentation, quarantine, and entry requirements for Philippine citizens and foreign nationals differ.

Additionally, there are additional requirements and entry procedures for citizens from a visa-restricted foreign country. 

You can read the specific entry procedures for Filipino Nationals, foreign nationals from visa-free countries, and foreign nationals from visa-required countries below.

Can US Citizens Travel To The Philippines Right Now?

Yes. As of February 10th, the Bureau of Immigration changed the entry restrictions to allow fully vaccinated Americans to travel to the Philippines for tourism or business purposes without a visa or Entry Exemption Document (EED). To enter the Philippines, US citizens will need acceptable proof of vaccination, a Negative RT-PCR test within 48 hours prior to the date and time of departure, and a departure ticket no later than 30 days from the date of arrival.

Documentation, Quarantine, Testing, and Vaccination Requirements For Foreigners Traveling To The Philippines

Fully Vaccinated Travelers Entering The Philippines Visa-Free Must:

required proof of vaccination to travel to the philippines right now


  1. Be a citizen from one of 157 Visa-Free countries (*Hint: the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia are on the visa-free list) ;
  2. Are fully vaccinated and can present valid proof of vaccination;
  3. Show a negative RT-PCR test result taken no more than 48 hours from departure of your first flight. The 48-hour timeline excludes layovers, as long as you did not leave the airport or enter the transit country; 
  4. Purchase a departure ticket leaving the Philippines no later than 30 days from your arrival date;
  5. Hold a valid passport with an expiration date at least 6-months from the time of entry into the Philippines;
  6. Maintain medical insurance for the duration of your stay in the Philippines that covers a minimum of $35,000 USD of COVID-19 treatment costs; AND
  7. Register on the One Health Pass website.

Note- An unvaccinated minor child under 12 years old and traveling with a fully vaccinated foreign parent is exempt from the vaccination requirement

Fully Vaccinated Travelers Entering The Philippines From A Visa-Required Country Must:

  1. Be a foreign citizen NOT on the list of 157 visa-free countries (*Hint India and China are visa restricted countries);
  2. Acquire a valid 9a Temporary Visitor visa from the Philippines Embassy or Consulate of their home country  (check with your country's Philippine Consulate General for the specific visa application form and requirements) ;
  3. Are fully vaccinated and can present valid proof of vaccination;
  4. Show a negative RT-PCR test result taken no more than 48 hours from departure of your first flight. The 48-hour timeline excludes layovers, as long as you did not leave the airport or enter the transit country; 
  5. Register on the One Health Pass website
  6. As of April 1, 2022, Securing an entry exemption document (EED) is no longer required;

Note- An unvaccinated minor child under 12 years old and traveling with a fully vaccinated foreign parent is exempt from the vaccination requirement.

Above Mentioned Foreigners

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente  April 1st, 2022

"Effective 01 April 2022, foreign nationals[1] may be allowed entry into the country without the need of Entry Exemption
Document (EED), PROVIDEĎ, they comply with immigration requirements...

"[1) Including but not limited to APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) holders, AJACS/AJACSSUK visas, etc.
*Áll tourists including 9A visa holders are required to present the return ticket and travel insurance requirements."

Can a foreigner with a valid visa travel to the Philippines right now?

All foreigners (visa-free or visa-restricted countries) who meet the proper entry protocols (fully vaccinated with certificate, negative Covid-19 test, etc.), and hold any permanent visa, regardless of visa type (except tourist visa without an EED), can enter the Philippines.

Quarantine Requirements For Foreign Nationals

  • Self-monitor yourself for any symptoms for 7-days (Day 1 is your date of arrival) OR
  • Entry regulations for foreign nationals with an uncertain vaccination status or who cannot show acceptable proof of vaccination include 14 days mandatory quarantine—starting with five days of facility-based quarantine until testing negative on an RT-PCR test taken on the 5th day. 
  • Continue a home quarantine until after the 14th day from their arrival date into the Philippines. 
  • International inbound air travelers who require facility-based quarantine must check into an approved Bureau of Quarantine facility at the first port of arrival entering the Philippines, regardless if transiting to another destination in the Philippines.

    As an example, if you are an international inbound traveler entering the Philippines in
    Cebu City, with plans to transfer to Dumaguete City, you must start your 5-day facility-based quarantine in Cebu City.  After a negative RT-PCR test result on the 5th day, you may transit to Dumaguete to complete your quarantine at home until the 14th day. 
quarantine requirements to travel to the philippines right now


How do I get an Entry Exemption Document (EED) for the Philippines?

NOTE: As of April 1, 2022, an Entry Exemption Document (EED) is no longer required by any foreigners entering the Philippines.

To get an EED, visa restricted foreigners first need to find an endorsing Philippine government agency (like the PRA for a retirement Visa EED) to petition the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs for an EED. Once approved, you can request an entry visa (9a) from your nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate with an EED.

The endorsing government agency you need to contact depends on the type of visa you are requesting:

  1. Retirement (SRRV) = Philippine Retirement Authority
  2. Marriage Visa = No need for EED request a 9a directly from the Philippine Embassy or Consulate of your country of residence
  3. Working Visa = Department of Labor and Employment 
  4. Student Visa (Primary up to Secondary Level) = Department of Education
  5. Student Visa (College and University Students) = Commission on Higher Education (CHED)
  6. Investor's Visa (SIRV) = Board of Investments
  7. Tourism = Department of Tourism 
  8. Business = See section below

How do I get an EED if I want to do business in the Philippines?

To get an EED to enter the Philippines for business related purposes (sales calls, client meetings, business prospecting, etc. ) you will need to request an EED petition from the Philippines government agency with jurisdiction over your business/company.

The endorsing government agency depends on the type of business you will be engaging in.

For example, if your client's business is registered under the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), EED has to be requested at the DTI. If you wanted to sell telecommunication equipment, you would contact the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).

The endorsing government agency must submit your entry exemption request directly to the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs Office of Consular Affairs (DFA-OCA).

Not all government agencies are willing to provide EED.

Travel Requirements For Foreigner With Existing Visas Other Than 9a

Foreigners with valid visas (such as the SRRV, 13a, or 13g) that are NOT temporary visitor visas (such as a visa on arrival or a 9a tourist visa) have fewer requirements to enter the Philippines. If you have a previously issued SRRV, 13a, or another visa, you are allowed to enter the Philippines under the following conditions:

  1. Are fully vaccinated;
  2. Have proof of vaccination;
  3. Registered for the One Health Pass
  4. Agree to self-monitor for illness for seven days (date of arrival counts as the first day);
  5. No COVID insurance is required;
  6. No onward departure ticket is required.

Suppose you are fully vaccinated but cannot show proof of vaccination. In that case, you must quarantine at an approved facility until you can present a negative RT-PCR test taken after the 5th day. You may then continue home quarantine until 14 days after your arrival date in the Philippines.

Unvaccinated Foreign Citizens Cannot Enter The Philippines, Even With Existing Valid Visas.

Outbound Ticket Requirements For Leisure Travelers

Inbound air travelers must prove they have booked valid return tickets to their port of origin or onward tickets to their next port of destination no later than 30-days from their arrival date to the Philippines.

Exceptions to the onward travel ticket requirement are inbound travelers who are foreign spouses or minor children of Filipino citizens or former Filipino citizens under the Balikbayan program. 

As defined by the BI, Balikbayans are former Filipinos naturalized to any of the 157 countries under the amended 1960 Executive Order No. 408. Balikbayans, their spouse, and children traveling together to the Philippines are entitled to a one-year visa-free entry, which they can extend.

Can foreigners travel to the Philippines for more than 30-days?

Yes. Foreigners from visa-free countries can extend their stay in the Philippines past the initial 30-days. However, even if you plan on staying longer than 30-days, you must still show proof of an onward ticket no more than 30-days after your arrival date.

 INSIDER TIP : Foreign Family Members of Filipino Nationals or Former Filipino Nationals- have the same entry procedures and travel restrictions listed above as other foreign travelers. Except for the departure ticket requirement and their allowed duration of stay. Family members of Filipinos or Balikbayans not included on the list of visa-free countries must still secure an EED and entry visa before their arrival.

What does the National Government consider acceptable proof of vaccination to enter the Philippines?

Proof of vaccination must be valid under existing IATF regulations. Acceptable proof includes World Health Organization International Certificates of Vaccination and Prophylaxis, VaxCertPH, or a digital vaccination certificate of a foreign country that has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal agreement.

What is the vaccine requirement to travel to the Philippines right now?

All foreigners entering the Philippines must be fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated means receiving 2-shots of a 2-dose vaccine or 1-shot of a single dose vaccine at least 14 days before entering the Philippines. Acceptable vaccines must be on the emergency use authorization (El-JA) list, compassionate special permit (CSP) issued by the Philippine Food & Drug administration; OR the World Health Organization (WHO) emergency use list. 

Where can I get health insurance that covers the COVID coverage requirement to enter the Philippines?

You will need private health insurance that includes at least $35,000 of COVID-19 treatment coverage. Click either of the links below for the insurance coverage I use that covers $500,000 of COVID medical treatment. 

  • COVID-19 Trip Insurance- A short-term health insurance plan specifically to meet the Philippines mandatory COVID-19 insurance for tourists to enter the country.
  • Travel Health Insurance- This will cover you for unexpected medical issues while overseas. However, the coverage requires you maintain insurance in the United States or your respective home country. I pay roughly $50 per month for complete coverage with no deductible.
  • Expat Medical Insurance- If you retire abroad, expat health insurance is a more complete option. Expat Medical Insurance is the "normal" insurance you are familiar with to from home. Coverage is built for people who live in a country versus traveling. While more expensive than Travel Medical Insurance, premiums are still cheaper than the US. 
  • Will My Home Country Health Insurance Cover Me?

    Most likely no. Most health insurance will not cover you for any injuries sustained outside your home country. You will either need to get travel medical insurance or Expat Medical Insurance.

    If you retire abroad, expat health insurance is a more complete option. Expat Medical Insurance is the "normal" insurance you are familiar with to from home. Coverage is built for expats outside the US and insurance premiums are much cheaper than in the US. 

    Can someone help me with my visa to travel to the Philippines?

    Yes. I can help you with a marriage visa, retirement visa, or work visa? I've partnered with a Philippines Visa Specialist with experience relocating embassy personnel and corporate expats since 2011. If you don't want to deal with the hassle and complexity of the visa process, they can help. 

    My partners are visa specialists certified by the Philippine Retirement Association (PRA) to handle your visa application, document submission, local appointments, and much more. They will simply your immigration process and make getting your visa easier. 

    Can unvaccinated US citizens travel to the Philippines?

    No. US citizens are allowed visa-free entry into the Philippines, but all foreign travelers must be fully vaccinated to travel to the Philippines regardless of citizenship.

    Can Foreign Travelers enter the Philippines?

    Yes, but as of February 10th, only fully vaccinated foreign travelers can enter the Philippines. Only having a negative RT-PCR test result does not meet the requirements for entry. Unvaccinated foreign travelers should reconsider travel to the Philippines.

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    Documentation, Quarantine, Testing, and Vaccination Requirements For Returning Filipino Nationals To Enter The Philippines

    All returning Filipino Nationals traveling to the Philippines from abroad must register on the OneHealth Pass before arriving in the country.

    Fully Vaccinated Filipino Nationals Entering The Philippines Must:

    1. Must provide valid proof of vaccination accepted under existing IATF regulations
      a. World Health Organization International Certificates of Vaccination and Prophylaxis;
      b. VaxCertPH; OR 
      c. National/state digital vaccination certificate of the foreign government that accepts the VaxCertPH under reciprocal arrangement unless otherwise permitted by the IATF
    2. Negative Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test taken no more than 48 hours before your departure flight leaving your country of origin. The 48 hours from departure time excludes any time spent at airport layovers, as long as you did not leave the airport or cross the border into the transit country; AND 
    3. Self-monitor yourself for any symptoms for 7-days (Day 1 being your date of arrival) 

     INSIDER TIP : Returning Filipinos attempting to enter the Philippines with proof of vaccination not on this list or with a vaccination status the Bureau of Immigration (BI) cannot validate must follow the same requirements as non-vaccinated Filipinos listed in the section below.

    Non-Vaccinated or Partially Vaccinated Filipino Citizens Entering The Philippines Must:

    1. Negative Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test taken no more than 48 hours before your departure flight leaving your country of origin. The 48 hours from departure time excludes any time spent at airport layovers, as long as you did not leave the airport or cross the border into the transit country; AND 
    2. Must take an additional RT-PCR test after spending 5-days in Facility-based quarantine; THEN
    3. Home quarantine until the 14th day (date of arrival is the first day) 

    Requirements For Unvaccinated Minor Filipino Citizens Under The Age of 17

    Unvaccinated Filipino children under 12 years old must follow the quarantine requirements of their accompanying parent or guardian.

    Unvaccinated Filipino children between 12 to 17 years old must follow the quarantine requirements relative to their vaccination status. The Bureau of Immigration (BI) requires unvaccinated minors to accompany their Foreign or Filipino parents when quarantined at a facility. 

    If my RT-PCR tests positive, can I still travel to the Philippines?

    Filipino nationals who test positive on their pre-departure RT-PCR test can still enter the Philippines under the following testing and mandatory quarantine conditions:

    Testing Requirements After A Positive RT-PCR Test:

    1. The positive test was between 10 days and 30 days before departure from your country of origin OR
    2. The positive test was within 48-hours before departure, AND
    3. You obtain a Medical Certificate from a licensed Physician stating you were asymptomatic or had a mild, moderate, severe, or critical case Of COVID-19, but completed mandatory isolation, are no longer contagious, and are allowed to travel.

    You can exclude any time you spent in an airport for a layover from the 48-hour test timeline, as long as you did not leave the airport at any time and did not enter the transit country.

    Quarantine Requirements After A Positive RT-PCR Test:

    • Fully vaccinated returning Philippine citizens must complete seven days of self-monitoring for symptoms (date of arrival counts as day 1)
    • Returning Filipinos who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or have an undetermined vaccination status cannot be determined must check into an authorized quarantine facility until they test negative on an RT-PCR test taken on the 5th day; AND
    • Continue a home quarantine until after the 14th day from their arrival date into the Philippines. 

    Key Takeaway: Are foreigners allowed to enter the Philippines now?

    Yes, the Philippines has reopened for foreign tourists. Citizens from the United States, United Kingdom, or another of the 157 countries on the visa-free list can move to the Philippines without an EED or additional visas. 

    Additionally, any foreign permanent visa holder can enter the Philippines regardless of the type of visa (except for a tourist visa). However, citizens from visa-restricted countries must have a valid permanent visa or a tourist visa with EED.

    All above-mentioned foreigners must comply with the entry protocols (fully vaccinated with approved vaccination certificate, negative RT PCR test, departure ticket, etc. ) to enter the Philippines.

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    FAQs: Can I Travel To The Philippines Right Now

    Can I travel to the Philippines if I am from an Orange or Red Country?

    Yes. Fully vaccinated international travels can travel to the Philippines from a previously designated "Red" country. As of February 1st, 2022, the Philippines temporarily suspended entry regulations based on the Green, Yellow, and Red high-risk areas.

    International arriving Filipinos and fully vaccinated foreign citizens can travel to the Philippines regardless of their country of origin. However, the entry, testing, and quarantine protocols will differ.

    What happens if I enter the Philippines without acceptable proof of vaccination?

    Foreigners traveling to the Philippines must show Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) accepted proof of full vaccination or risk being denied entry into the Philippines and deported back to their country of origin.

    What are the vaccination requirements for minor children traveling to the Philippines?

    Filipino children under 17 or foreign minors under 12 years old traveling with a fully vaccinated parent are exempt from the Philippine vaccine requirement. 

    How many days do I have to quarantine upon arrival in the Philippines?

    If you are fully vaccinated, no quarantine days are required. However, travel restrictions require fully vaccinated international travelers entering the Philippines regardless of citizenship to self-monitor for symptoms for 7-days from the time of entry.

    Additionally, entry regulations for unvaccinated Philippine citizens require 14 days of mandatory quarantine. 

    1. A minimum of 5 days facility-based quarantine until the release of negative RT-PCR test result taken on the 5th day; THEN
    2. Home isolation until the last day of quarantine, 14 days from the time of entry.

    Can I fly to the Philippines right now if I don't have all the requirements?

    No. Airlines operating commercial flights are responsible for ensuring inbound travelers follow the entry procedures, show a negative COVID-19 test, and meet the requirements for entry. There are severe fines for non-compliance with travel restrictions. 

    Even if you make it past the airline's checks, you will get caught by Immigration, denied entry into the Philippines, and deported back to your country of origin.


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  • Cassandra says:

    Hello…my mother is a Filipino that was born and raised there. She married my American father and moved to the US and became an American Citizen. Now that she is 81 and widowed, she wants to go back to the PI to stay with her family indefinitely. Does she need to get dual citizenship, or is there a maximum stay length for her without it or a Visa? Thank you.

    • Marco Sison says:

      Hi Cassandra,

      As a former Filipino citizen, who was naturalized in the US, she gets “Balikbayan Privilege (commonly referred to as a Balikbayan visa).”

      With a Balikbayan visa, she can enter the Philippines for one year but then will need to extend her stay at a Bureau of Immigration office (BI). Extensions can be for 1, 2, or 6 months, but each extension costs money. She can continue to extend for 3-years, then would need to do a visa run (fly out of the Philippines for a day and return) and start the process again.

      However, Dual citizenship is the fastest, easiest, and cheapest way to stay long-term. Once she gets her dual citizenship, she never has to extend saving money and time from having to go to the BI office.

      Please contact us if she has more questions or needs help with her dual citizenship or the Balikbayan visa.

      https://nomadicfire.com/philippines-visa-consultation

      Cheers,

      Marco

  • Hello,
    I’m a Filipino planning to travel to Philippines with my family, my husband is Canadian I have 2 minor kids ages 4 and 7 years old and both are naturalized Filipino but still holding Canadian passport. We are all unvaccinated, are we allowed to enter Philippines? Thank you

    • Marco Sison says:

      Hi Lyn,

      As Philippine citizens, you and your children can enter with negative tests and quarantine. However, no unvaccinated foreigners are allowed, so your Canadian citizen husband could not join you without getting vaccinated first.

      Cheers,

      Marco

  • Hi Iam a 13a holder in the Philippines and me and my wife is planning on going to Sweden this coming May and go back to the Philippines in August.

    We are not vaccinated and i wondering if we are allowed to enter the Philippines again without vaccination?

    I would be wery thankful if you could clarify this to me.

    Thank you

    • Marco Sison says:

      Hi Andreas,

      As a Philippine citizen, your wife is not obligated to be vaccinated to enter the Philippines. She will have to undergo home quarantine procedures.
      You can see the requirements for returning Filipinos here.

      However, all foreigners, even one holding a valid visa and married to a Filipino citizen, must be vaccinated to enter the country.

      Let me know if you have any other questions.

      Cheers,

      Marco

  • Hi Marco! We have a team from Dhaka, Bangladesh who will come here in PH for a business related trip. Upon checking in Dhaka – PH Embassy, for them to get a Visa, they need to secure an EED. Kindly advice what’s the fastest way to secure this? Or is there a way not to get EED? Thank you!

    • Marco Sison says:

      Hi Marc,

      Citizens from a visa-required country, like Bangladesh, entering the Philippines for a business-related trip requires an EED petition from the Philippines government agency with jurisdiction over your business/company.

      The endorsing government agency depends on the type of business you will be engaging in.

      For example:
      If you need a vendor meeting with a company registered under the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), EED has to be requested at the DTI.
      If you wanted to sell telecommunication equipment, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) would be the agency.

      The endorsing government agency is who petitions the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs Office of Consular Affairs (DFA-OCA) for an EED.

      However, the big problem is not all government agencies know about, understand, or are willing to deal with the hassles of petitioning for an EED.

      You can read more about the specific details in the link below:

      https://nomadicfire.com/travel-to-the-philippines-right-now#eed

      Good luck,

      Marco

  • Bessie Anowey says:

    Hi Mr Marco I am Bessie and my concern is how to get an EED for my fiancé in Nigeria since tourist visa is not yet open from their country. I want to take him to the Philippines to get married.pls help me to secure the EED. Thank you so much

    • Marco Sison says:

      Hi Bessie,

      Regrettably, as Nigeria is from a visa-required country (complete list here), getting an EED is only for special circumstances. May I ask how old your finance is?

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