Coronavirus (COVID-19) and travel: The situation around the world is changing dramatically. Various governments have changed their travel warnings to restrict travel during this time. To understand how this may impact cover under your policy, please go to our FAQs and select your country of residence.
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Borders remain closed to foreign travelers until further notice.
Filipino nationals, spouses or children of nationals, and residents returning from abroad are exempt from the entry ban, and may be subject to quarantine for a maximum of 14 days or COVID-19 testing upon arrival. These costs are covered by passengers.
Before you travel, check to see if the airport you are arriving at has specific requirements in place.
Face masks are recommended inside all airports.
Foreign nationals must secure a pre-booked accredited quarantine facility and a pre-booked COVID-19 testing provider, and must cover their own costs of quarantine and/or testing.
From 1 August, foreign nationals with existing long-term visas are allowed to enter the Philippines, subject to certain conditions:
From 9 August, new categories of travelers are permitted to enter, based on the condition that a valid visa is secured through the Embassy of the Philippines located in your country of residence:
Details on Philippines Embassy locations can be found on the the Department for Foreign Affairs’ website.
Important note: These travel alerts are general in nature, and we will not respond to any comments about specific personal circumstances. For information relevant to you, contact the Department of Tourism in the Philippines via their Facebook page, or call the DOT hotline at 1-386 for any updates on how these changes will affect you personally.
On Tuesday 18 August, a large earthquake struck Samar Island, located in the Eastern Visayas administrative region of the Philippines.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake measured a mangitude of 6.6, and occurred at a depth of 6.2mi (10km).
Tremors from the earthquake were felt hundreds of kilometers away. There is no warning in place for a tsunami, however people should be on alert for aftershocks.
Travelers who have plans to visit the Philippines or are currently in the country need to be aware of potential volcanic activity from Taal volcano, which is located 37mi (60km) south of Manila on the island of Luzon.
On Sunday, 12 January 2020, the state seismology bureau raised the alert level for Taal volcano to level 4 following the expulsion of steam and ash.
Stay alert and up to date with local news and media. Find out how to stay safe if the volcano does erupt, and be prepared for potential changes to your travel plans or disruption to transport.
Typhoon Kammuri (locally known as Typhoon Tisoy) has made landfall in the Philippines and is expected to track across the Central Philippines and southern Luzon in the next 24 hours.
Before midnight on Monday 2 November 2019, more than 200,000 people had been evacuated. Flights have been canceled, and travelers should expect delays and disruption to travel plans throughout the week. Contact your travel provider for information on changes to your itinerary.
Mangkhut will also bring heavy rain which may cause localized flash flooding, landslides and storm surge. Please check with authorities for more information, follow any official warnings and listen to local news reports to monitor the situation.
On April 26, 2018, the Philippines Government shut down tourist access to the island of Boracay as a result of over-tourism and the resulting damage to the island's environment. The closure was announced on April 5 by Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte, who said the beaches and clear blue water had been turned into a "cesspool".
This shut-down is estimated to last for six months, and government authorities aim to clean up the island by flushing out illegal tourism operators and upgrading the sewer networks, which have struggled to cope with the influx of tourists to the island and has resulted in wastewater being pumped into the ocean. Aside from land-based tourists, cruise ships have also contributed to the pressure on the island's resources and infrastructure.
However, this clean up may be short-lived, as approval has been given for a large casino complex on Boracay.
In 2017, approximately two million tourists visited Boracay, 300,000 more than the previous year.
Despite the Boracay closure, that doesn't mean you should stay away from the Philippines. This archipelago nation has plenty of other islands to visit beaches, waterfalls and enjoy off-road adventures including trekking Mt Pinatubo on Luzon, visiting the Cloud 9 surf break at Siargao Island, ziplining on Bohol Island and scuba diving with thresher sharks at Malapascua.
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