International Travel Update: Where Can You Fly?

Updated: June 19, 2021

As of today, the Philippines has given 7.56 million doses, opening the greater possibility that travel will return once again.

We will publish here the latest travel restrictions and updates on some of the most popular destinations for Filipinos to help travelers become better informed of planning their future trips, whether for leisure or business.

The updates below cover Australia, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, and the United Kingdom. We will add more destinations as we go along updating this page.

Australia

  • Passengers are banned from entering Australia except for diplomats, nationals, permanent residents, airline & maritime crews, and transiting passengers (transit within 72 hours). You can apply for an exemption online here
  • For those allowed to go into Australia, a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before the scheduled departure is required.
  • Upon arrival in Australia, a 14-day quarantine is generally followed.

More info:

https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-restrictions/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-international-travellers/coronavirus-covid-19-faqs-international-travellers-to-australia

https://www.philippineairlines.com/en/ph/home/covid-19/DepartingFromThePH/Australia

Hong Kong

  • Most international arrivals of non-residents are prohibited, especially from the Philippines classified as “extremely high risk” under A1 group.
  • Allowed travelers to Hong Kong must present a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours before departure.
  • Hotel reservations for the duration of the quarantine (21 days required for most foreign nationals) must be presented before departure.

More info: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/high-risk-places.html

Italy

  • Travelers from EEA-associated (European Economic Area) countries, Israel, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and the United States are allowed
  • Travelers from EEA, Israel, and the UK must present a negative COVID-19 test result taken 48 hours prior to arrival
  • Travelers from the other permitted countries above need a negative COVID-19 result taken 72 hours prior to arrival and subject themselves to a 10-day quarantine. Other protocols will apply
  • Travelers from non-Schengen countries are not permitted entry, unless for reasons such as study, health, or family

Check more from the Embassy of Italy in the Philippines herehttps://ambmanila.esteri.it/ambasciata_manila/en/header/emergenza-covid-19-visti.html

Japan

  • Tourist visa remains suspended
  • The Philippines is among the countries listed by Japan with No Entry restrictions. Read the full list here
  • If you’re permitted to enter Japan, a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure is required. A Certificate of Testing is required to be presented. Boarding will be denied without this.
  • Transit passengers are allowed except for connecting flights in Narita and Haneda

Malaysia

  • Like other countries, only nationals, foreign visitors with permanent resident status, long-term pass holders, diplomats and expats and their dependents are allowed to enter Malaysia
  • Negative PCR test result is required, taken within 72 hours before the scheduled departure
  • Arrivals from the Philippines require to go through 14 days of quarantine
  • Transit via Malaysia is allowed as long as the passenger will not pass through immigration

Download this app for your Malaysian travel: https://mysejahtera.malaysia.gov.my/intro/

Singapore

  • Most short-term visa holders still banned in Singapore
  • Exceptions are nationals and permanent residents of Singapore; travelers with approval from the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority, Ministry of Manpower, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Trade & Industry.
  • If you are allowed to travel to Singapore, you must have tested negative on a PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure. If you have tested positive and have just recovered from COVID-19, you are required to produce the first test result, which must be equal to or more than 22 days from the date of arrival in Singapore.
  • Passengers must submit online health declarations up to three days before arrival.

More info: https://www.philippineairlines.com/en/ph/home/covid-19/DepartingFromThePH/Singapore

South Korea

  • Foreign residents must get permits to enter South Korea. Short-term visas apply for diplomats, the family of Korean Nationals, the family of foreigners with long-term visas in South Korea, visitors traveling for essential corporate activities, and travel for humanitarian reasons. Long-term visas apply for diplomats, international students, intra-company transfers, professionals, and family. See visa requirements here
  • A negative result from a PCR test is required taken within 72 hours. The test must have been done from a testing facility accredited by the embassy. See full list here

More info: https://overseas.mofa.go.kr/ph-en/index.do

Spain

  • International arrivals are required to complete a health control form before starting their trip. Air arrivals need to accomplish the form via www.spth.gob.es  or the App Spain Travel Health-SpTH, and those who come by sea through: https://spthm.puertos.es/.  Once completed, they will obtain a QR code that they must present, both at the time of boarding and upon arrival in Spain.
  • Transits are exempted from the health control, but they still need the QR code.
  • International arrivals must have at least one of the following: 1) A COVID-19 vaccination certificate; 2) a negative result from a test made 48 hours before arrival in Spain; and/or 3) a COVID-19 recovery certificate.
  • A passenger who has completed his vaccination at least 14 days before arriving in Spain no longer needs to present the results of their diagnostic tests. The vaccine should either be one authorized by the EU or WHO.

Read more from: https://www.mscbs.gob.es/en/profesionales/saludPublica/ccayes/alertasActual/nCov/spth.htm

Spain Travel Health: https://www.spth.gob.es/

United Kingdom

  • Travelers who visited “Red List” countries, including the Philippines, cannot enter the UK.
  • British and Irish nationals, visa holders, and permanent residents are exempt from the entry ban. Quarantine rules still apply, including presenting proof of testing negative from PCR test.

United States

Check Philippine Airlines’ comprehensive guide to US travel: https://www.philippineairlines.com/en/ph/home/covid-19/DepartingFromThePH/UnitedStates

Helpful Links

List of DOH Accredited COVID-19 Testing Centers: https://doh.gov.ph/licensed-covid-19-testing-laboratories

EU authorized vaccines: https://www.ema.europa.eu/en/human-regulatory/overview/public-health-threats/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/treatments-vaccines/vaccines-covid-19/covid-19-vaccines-authorised

WHO authorized vaccines: https://www.who.int/teams/regulation-prequalification/eul/covid-19

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