COVID Entry requirements into Philippines for Nurses

Nurses who are planning to write NCLEX Exam in the Philippines must be fully vaccinated before they can be allowed to enter the country. The second dose of the vaccine must have been taken at least 14 days before your arrival with the day the vaccine was given counted as Day 0.

Below are the entry requirements for Philippines:

The Philippines’ Government Resolution 160B and 164A explain the detailed entry rules in response to COVID-19 for people travelling to the Philippines.

If you’re fully vaccinated

If you are fully vaccinated, you can enter the Philippines provided you:

  • have acceptable proof of vaccination;
  • present either a negative 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; or a negative laboratory based Antigen Test taken within twenty-four (24) hours.
  • have valid tickets for your return journey to the port of origin or next port of destination not later than thirty (30) days from the date of your arrival in the Philippines;
  • your passport is valid for at least 6 months; and
  • obtain, prior to arrival, a travel insurance for COVID-19 treatment costs from reputed insurers, with a minimum coverage of USD 35,000 for the duration of your stay in the Philippines
  • have registered for a Bureau of Quarantine One Health Pass prior to your arrival. You will receive a unique QR code which you will need to present to your airline prior to boarding and on arrival at your airport in the Philippines

The requirement to hold a return onward ticket is waived if you are a spouse and/or child of a Filipino citizen or a former Filipino citizen with balikbayan privileges.

You are considered fully vaccinated if you received the second dose in a 2-dose series or a single dose vaccine more than fourteen (14) days prior to the date and time of departure from your country of origin. Your vaccine must either appear on the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) List or Compassionate Special Permit (CSP) issued by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration or have received Emergency Use Listing by the World Health Organization.

Once you arrive in the Philippines you are no longer required to observe facility based quarantine but must self-monitor for any COVID-19 symptoms for 7 days from your arrival. You are required to report to the local government unit (LGU) of your destination if you develop any symptoms.

Proof of vaccination status

The Philippines will accept Nigeria’s proof of vaccine record. Your final vaccine dose must have been administered at least 14 days prior to travel

Acceptable proof of vaccination are:

If you are arriving in the Philippines using the visa free entry scheme you will be denied entry into the country and will be subject to exclusion proceedings if you do not meet all of the entry requirements.

If you are arriving in the Philippines with another type of visa and are fully vaccinated, but are unable to provide acceptable proof of vaccination, you will be required to undergo facility-based quarantine until the release of a negative RT-PCR test taken on the 5th day. You will then be required to undergo home quarantine until the 14th day after your arrival.

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