Coronavirus travel health

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for the Philippines on the TravelHealthPro website

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

International travel

Commercial flights are operating to and from the Philippines. Check with your airline or travel company for the latest information.

Entry and borders

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in the Philippines.

Returning to the UK

Travelling from and returning to the UK

Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting. If you will pass through a red list country, book your hotel quarantine package before travelling to the UK.

You are responsible for organising your own COVID-19 test, in line with UK government testing requirements. You should contact local authorities for information on testing facilities. Access to this link is currently only available inside the Philippines. If you are based outside the Philippines then you can contact the Philippine Department of Health directly as follows +63 (0)2 8651 7800 local 5003-5004 or +63 (0)91 9160 1418 or via email to callcenter@doh.gov.ph.

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

Travel in the Philippines

Measures have been introduced by the Philippine government to prevent the spread of coronavirus; these differ across the country.

Community quarantine restrictions remain in place in many locations. You should check with the Inter-Agency Task force and your Local Government Unit for the latest information on the restrictions where you are.

Only fully vaccinated persons are permitted to ride on public transportation in Metro Manila. If you intend to use public transport you should carry your vaccination documentation and be prepared to show this to drivers or public transport officials.

You should closely monitor announcements from the local authorities to understand the latest restrictions and regulations where you’re situated, and their impact on your ability to travel and access essential services. Check the requirements of your local authority such as barangay clearance, health certificate or travel authority for any travel outside of your residence, including to the airport. For further information on rules and restrictions relating to quarantine classifications, visit the Department for Health website.

Travel to the airport

Since November 2020, some airports including Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have required passengers to download the ‘Traze Contact Tracing’ app prior to entry. You can find further information on the NAIA facebook page.

There is disruption to travel routes both domestically and across the region. Check with your travel provider for updates.

Healthcare in the Philippines

For contact details for English speaking doctors, visit our list of healthcare providers.

If you suspect you have COVID-19 symptoms or are infected, and require advice and assistance, you should call the Philippines Department of Health (DOH) COVID-19 Hotline on 1555 or +63 (02) 8942 6843 (COVID).

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health

If you need some emotional support during this period, you can call one of these numbers:

View Health for further details on healthcare in the Philippines.

See also the guidance on healthcare if you’re waiting to return to the UK.

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in the Philippines

We will update this page when the Government of the Philippines announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.

The Philippines national vaccination programme started in March 2021 and is using the AstraZeneca, Janssen (Johnson and Johnson), Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Sinopharm Beijing and Sinopharm Wuhan, Sinovac and Sputnik V vaccines. The Government of the Philippines has stated that British nationals resident in the Philippines are eligible for vaccination if they choose to join the programme, on the same priority basis as Filipino nationals. Registration for vaccines takes place at a local level and you should contact your Local Government Unit for further information. The Philippines Department of Health has published Frequently Asked Questions about COVID vaccines in the Philippines.

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.

If you’re a British national living in the Philippines, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.