Why you should not travel to PH on or before Jan. 15

Published January 1, 2021, 8:34 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

To avoid personal inconvenience and possible additional expenses as well as help prevent the incidence of the new COVID-19 strain in the country, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) strongly advised all travelers to the country to “carefully reconsider their travel plans” – including postponing their trips until after the end of the travel restrictions.


In a public advisory issued Dec. 31, 2020, the DFA issued reminders to Filipinos abroad and all other travelers following the issuance of a memorandum from the Office of the Executive Secretary dated Dec. 29, 2020 that regulates the entry of travelers from or transiting through countries that have reported incidence of the new COVID-19 strain.

“All overseas Filipinos are reminded of the limited quarantine facilities in place and are thus strongly urged to reconsider travel plans to the Philippines for the duration of the travel restrictions,” DFA said. The travel restriction is set to end Jan. 15, 2021.

DFA also reminded that “those entering the country from affected countries and jurisdiction” will be required to undergo and complete a strict mandatory 14-day quarantine at a facility approved by the Department of Health (DOH) “regardless of negative” RT-PCR result. 

For the given period, DFA noted that non-Filipino nationals coming from the concerned countries and jurisdiction – regardless of previous visa status, exemptions granted, or relation to Filipino citizens – “will temporarily be restricted from entering the Philippines.”

The DFA also reminded travelers to always check ahead of travel dates with their airlines before departure or before booking a ticket as information published could change at any time amid the pandemic.