The Philippines lifted a ban on travel to the Philippines from over 30 countries and regions on Feb. 1.

Key Points:

  • Though the travel ban was lifted, some travel restrictions remain in place. All arriving travelers must present proof of a pre-booked accommodation for at least seven nights in an accredited quarantine facility/hotel. Foreign nationals who fail to present this proof will be denied entry and boarded immediately on the next available flight.
  • Current restrictions only allow the entry of certain groups of travelers, including accredited foreign diplomats and personnel of accredited international organizations such as the World Health Organization and the United Nations, foreign dignitaries, and travelers on medical and emergency cases, including their medical escorts. The latest information on the specific groups of travelers who are permitted to enter the Philippines can be found here.

Background: The travel ban that was recently lifted was implemented to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 variants.

Analysis & Comments: Employers who intend to send employees to the Philippines may wish to consult with Deloitte to discuss their plans. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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