By: Elsa Sagun, SkyBird Travels
The PHILIPPINES is finally opening up and ready to welcome visitors. A lot of our “kababayans” are more than excited to travel back to our motherland and I cannot blame them; a lot of us have not been home for far too long. Before you pack your bags and head out the door, here are a few things you need to know.
1. Philippine passport holders or dual citizens can travel and stay for more than 30 days in the Philippines. For dual citizens without a Philippine passport, you can present the following:
A. Oath of Allegiance
B. Order of Approval
C. Identification Certificate
2. If you have a U.S. passport but born in the Philippines ; you are considered a BALIKBAYAN. Balikbayans can stay beyond 30 days as long as you present either an expired Philippine passport or birth certificate issued by the NSO or PSA. If the name on current passport and birth certificate or expired Philippine passport do not match by virtue of marriage, please bring your marriage certificate.
3. Foreign passport holders and Balikbayans must purchase a travel or medical insurance with COVID-19 treatment & with minimum coverage of $35,000. The insurance policy presented must reflect the minimum coverage of USD 35,000.
4. Proof of vaccination.
5. Negative RT-PCR test within 48 hours of travel or negative laboratory-based Antigen test result taken within 24-hours prior to departure from the country of origin.
6. Passport should be valid for a period of at least six (6) months at the time of arrival to the Philippines.
7. Register at the One Health Pass website – https://www.onehealthpass.com.ph
8. Foreign nationals who are unvaccinated , partially-vaccinated or vaccination cannot be verified are not allowed to travel to the Philippines.
Welcome to the “new” normal!