Manually-Extended Passports Not Accepted in Morocco

The Philippine Embassy in Athens informs Filipinos under its jurisdiction to avoid travelling to Morocco on a manually-extended passport to avoid being denied entry into the said country.

According to the Philippine Embassy in Rabat, “The Moroccan border post management system does not allow the validation of extended biometrics travel documents by means of a wet stamp”.

Please be advised that the Philippines has discontinued the extension of validity of the passports since June 2022 in compliance with the existing standards of the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO). Exemptions, however, were earlier made only at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic as a way to assist stranded passengers.

Philippine passport holders are advised to renew their passports as early as possible as most immigration authorities will require the passports to be valid at least six (6) months before their intended departure from the country. The manual extension of validity of the passport is not guarantee of admission into a foreign country.

Updated Entry Into The Philippines For Filipino and Foreign Nationals

The public is informed that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has issued Resolution No. 168 dated 26 May 2022, Series of 2022, regarding the most recent entry, testing, and quarantine protocols for Filipinos and Foreign nationals arriving from abroad beginning 30 May 2022 into the Philippines shall be as follows:

 

A. FOREIGN NATIONALS ENTERING THE PHILIPPINES

1. Foreign nationals may enter the Philippines provided they comply with the applicable visa requirements and immigration entry and departure formalities (The travel insurance as an entry requirement for foreign nationals is no longer required, but highly encouraged) ; and provided further that they:

a. Are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as defined in Section 2 below, except only for minor children below twelve (12) years of age traveling with their fully-vaccinated foreign parent/s’;

b. Carry/possess any of the following acceptable proof of COVID-19 vaccination, which shall be presented prior to departing/boarding from the country of origin/port of embarkation and upon arrival in the country:

i. World Health Organization International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis;

ii. VaxCertPH;

iii. National or state manual/digital vaccination certificate of the country/foreign government; or

iv. Other proof of vaccination permitted by the IATF.

c. Present a negative RT-PCR test taken within forty-eight (48) hours, or a remotely supervised, or a laboratory-based rapid antigen negative test result administered and certified by a healthcare professional in a healthcare facility, laboratory, clinic, pharmacy, or other similar establishment taken within twenty-four (24) hours, prior to the date and time of departure from the country of origin/first port of embarkation in a continuous travel to the Philippines, excluding lay-overs; provided, that, he/she has not left the airport premises or has not been admitted into another country during such lay-over. However, the following shall be exempted from this pre-departure testing requirement:

i. Foreign nationals aged 18 and above who have received primary   series COVID-19 vaccine, and at least one (1) COVID-19 booster shot.

ii. Foreign nationals aged 12 to 17 who are “fully vaccinated” as defined in Section A(2)(a) below.

iii. Foreign nationals aged below 12, regardless of their vaccination status, who are accompanied by their parents or guardians who fall under Section A(1)(c)(i) above.

d. Have passports valid for a period of at least six (6) months at the time of their arrival to the Philippines;

e. For temporary visitors, have valid tickets for their return journey to the port of origin or next port of destination corresponding to their permitted/allowable duration of stay under a valid visa or visa-free entry, as the case may be. However, this shall not apply to foreign spouses and/or children of Filipino citizens and former Filipino citizens with balikbayan privilege under Republic Act No. 9174, including their foreign spouse and/or children who: (i) are not balikbayans in their own right and (ii) are traveling with them to the Philippines.

2. (a) A foreign national shall be deemed “fully vaccinated” against COVID- 19 only if he/she received the second (2nd) dose in a 2-dose series or a single  dose COVID-19 vaccine more than fourteen (14) days prior to the date and time of departure from the country of origin/port of embarkation (“Primary Series COVID-19 Vaccination”).

(b) For the purposes of Section A(1)(c)(i) above, “booster shot” shall refer to doses administered to a vaccinated population that has completed a primary vaccination series, when, with time, vaccine effectiveness has fallen below a rate deemed sufficient in that population, as indicated in the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) issued by the Food and Drug Administration of the Philippines (FDA).

 

B. FOREIGN CHILDREN TRAVELING WITH FILIPINO NATIONALS

1. A foreign child or children below twelve (12) years of age who are not vaccinated for any reason whatsoever and traveling with their Filipino parent, shall follow the entry, testing, and quarantine protocols of their Filipino parent traveling with them.

2. A foreign child or children from ages twelve (12) to seventeen (17) years of age traveling with their Filipino parent, shall follow the protocol based on their vaccination status (i.e., vaccinated or unvaccinated). In case of such unvaccinated minor children, either foreign or Filipino parent should accompany such child or children during their facility-based quarantine.

 

C. FULLY-VACCINATED FILIPINO NATIONALS

1. Filipino nationals may enter the Philippines provided that they comply with the following requirements:

a. They shall carry/possess an acceptable proof of vaccination, as set out in Section I(A)(1)(b) above;

b. Present a negative RT-PCR test taken within forty-eight (48) hours, or a remotely supervised, or a laboratory-based rapid antigen negative test result administered and certified by a healthcare professional in a healthcare facility, laboratory, clinic, pharmacy, or other similar establishment taken within twenty-four (24) hours, prior to the date and time of departure from the country of origin/first port of embarkation in a continuous travel to the Philippines, excluding lay-overs; provided, that, he/she has not left the airport premises or has not been admitted into another country during such lay-over. However, the following shall be exempted from this pre-departure testing requirement:

i. Filipinos aged 18 and above who have received primary series COVID-19 vaccine, and at least one (1) COVID-19 booster shot.

ii. Filipinos aged 12 to 17 who are “fully vaccinated” as defined in Section A(2)(a) above.

iii. Filipinos aged below 12, regardless of their vaccination status, who are accompanied by their parents or guardians who fall under Section C(1)(b)(i) above.

 

D. UNVACCINATED, PARTIALLY UNVACCINATED, OR FILIPINO NATIONALS WHOSE VACCINATION STATUS CANNOT BE INDEPENDENTLY VALIDATED

1. Present a negative RT-PCR test taken within forty-eight (48) hours, or a remotely supervised, or a laboratory-based rapid antigen negative test result administered and certified by a healthcare professional in a healthcare facility, laboratory, clinic, pharmacy, or other similar establishment taken within twenty-four (24) hours, prior to the date and time of departure from the country of origin/first port of embarkation in a continuous travel to the Philippines, excluding lay-overs; provided, that, he/she has not left the airport premises or has not been admitted into another country during such lay-over.

2. Required to undergo facility-based quarantine until the release of their negative RT-PCR test taken on the fifth (5th) day from date of arrival. After which, they shall be required to undergo home quarantine until their fourteenth (14th) day from date of arrival.

3. The local government units (LGUs) of destination and their respective Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTS) are tasked to monitor those arriving passengers undergoing home quarantine.

 

E. UNVACCINATED MINOR FILIPINO NATIONALS

1. Filipino nationals below twelve (12) years of age who are not vaccinated for any reason whatsoever shall follow the quarantine protocols of their parent/s or an accompanying adult/guardian traveling with them.

2. Filipino nationals from twelve (12) years to seventeen (17) years of age shall follow the classification and procedures based on their vaccination status (i.e., vaccinated or unvaccinated). In case of such unvaccinated minor children, either foreign or Filipino parent should accompany such child or children during their facility-based quarantine.

 

F. FULLY-RECOVERED FILIPINO NATIONALS WITH POSITIVE RT-PCR PRE- DEPARTURE TEST RESULTS

1. Filipino nationals who have recovered from COVID-19 but test positive for the 48-hour pre-departure RT-PCR test may nonetheless enter the country, provided, they are able to present the following documents prior to departing/boarding from the country of origin/port of embarkation and upon arrival in the Philippines:

a. A positive RT-PCR test taken not earlier than ten (10) days but not later than thirty (30) days prior to the date and time of departure from the country of origin/port of embarkation;

b. The positive RT-PCR test taken within forty-eight (48) hours prior to the date and time of departure from the country of origin/first port of embarkation in a continuous travel to the Philippines, excluding layovers; provided, that, he/she has not left the airport premises or has not been admitted into another country during such lay-over; and

c. A medical certificate issued by a licensed physician to the Filipino national certifying that he/she: (i) was an asymptomatic, mild, moderate, severe, or critical case of COVID-19, as the case may be; (ii) has completed the mandatory isolation period; (iii) is no longer infectious; and (iv) has been allowed free movement and travel.

2. Upon arrival, the COVID-19 positive Filipino national shall be subject to the following protocols:

a. If fully vaccinated, they shall no longer be required to observe mandatory facility-based quarantine but shall self-monitor for any sign or symptom for seven (7) days with the first day being the date of arrival and shall be required to report to the local government unit of destination upon the manifestation of symptoms, if any;

b. If unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or vaccination status cannot be independently determined, they shall be required to undergo facility-based quarantine until the release of their negative RT-PCR test taken on the fifth (5th) day. After which, they shall be required to undergo home quarantine until their fourteenth (14th) day, with the date of arrival being the first day.

All inbound passengers, whether Filipinos or foreign nationals, shall register with the One Health Pass: https://www.onehealthpass.com.ph/ prior to arrival in the Philippines unless exempted under relevant IATF Resolutions.

The public is advised to visit the Philippines' Bureau of Immigration website for the latest travel rules in the Philippines. Through this link: https://immigration.gov.ph/#advisory.

(c) The primary series COVID-19 and/or booster shot must be included in any of the following:

a. EUA List or Compassionate Special Permit (CSP) issued by the FDA; or

b. Emergency Use Listing of the World Health Organization.

3. Foreign nationals who fail to fully comply with the conditions and requisites set forth in Sections A(1) and (2) above, inclusive, shall be denied admission into the country and shall be subject to the appropriate exclusion proceedings.

4. Once admitted into the country, they are no longer required to observe facility-based quarantine but shall self-monitor for any sign or symptom for seven (7) days.



PUBLIC ADVISORY: Alert Level in Sri Lanka Raised to Level 2

16 July 2022 – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) informs the public that it has raised Alert Level 2 (Restriction Phase) in Sri Lanka due to the security situation in the country. Under Alert Level 2, there will be no new deployment of overseas Filipino workers to Sri Lanka, and only those with existing employment contracts are allowed to return to the country.

The DFA, through the Philippine Embassy in Dhaka, is in constant coordination with the Filipino community in Sri Lanka in light of the mass protests in the country due to the ongoing economic crisis.

According to the Embassy, no Filipinos were reported injured during the recent incidence of violent protests. The Department, in coordination with the office of the Philippine Honorary Consul General in Colombo, will be providing the needed assistance to Filipinos severely affected by the crisis.

The Department would like to emphasize that there are no plans yet to evacuate Filipinos from Sri Lanka at this time.

Amid continuing tensions in the country, the DFA reminds Filipinos there to remain in their residences as much as possible, avoid areas where there are protests, and refrain from joining the mass action for their own safety and well-being.



Suspension of Transportation and Accommodation Assistance for Returning OFWs under Alert Level 1

In light of the IATF pronouncement placing the National Capital Region and other areas in the country on Alert Level 1 status, services and industries including public transportation are in full operating capacity. Hence, transportation and accommodation assistance for returning Overseas Filipinos Workers (OFWs) shall be suspended effective June 1, 2022, except for the following cases:

  • Distressed OFWs as certified by the Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLO) or as evaluated by authorized OWWA airport officers; and

  • OFWs returning to the country through government-initiated mass repatriation flights or OFWs provided airfare by the POLOs through commercial flights.

Partially vaccinated or unvaccinated OFWs who are required to undergo mandatory facility-based quarantine under IATF Resolution No. 159 (Series of 2022) shall continue to be provided accommodation assistance by DOLE-OWWA. However, their onward transportation to their respective home provinces shall be at their own expense.

In view of this, OWWA-chartered buses at the Parafiaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) and OWWA-sweeper flights at the NAIA Terminal II shall cease operations on June 1, 2022 (Wednesday).

Returning OFWS needing help will be provided assistance. For concerns, please contact the OWWA Hotline 1348 or the Repatriation Assistance Division at (02) 88917601 local 5213 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..