Required Documents Upon Arrival in the Philippines

If you are stranded anywhere in the Philippines, or you are an OFW wanting to come home, or you are a person permitted to travel for work or business, a frontliner, a health worker, or you are part of the essential people allowed to travel, then you must know that in order to board any flight, you need to prepare several documents before your departure. These documents must be presented to the airport security, airline ground personnel, and/or cabin crew.

Airlines have different sets of requirements for departing passengers. You may check my previous post, How to Travel in the Philippines Today, to know more.

In case you missed it, I also mentioned in my previous post that several destinations will require specific documents upon arrival. This means that you will have to prepare a different set of documents to be presented UPON ARRIVAL.

Disclaimer: These travel requirements vary per destination. Kindly check the updated travel rules and regulations of your origin and destination and confirm with the Local Government Unit (LGU). This is not the complete list, I will update this from time to time.

You might not be allowed entry without these documents:

ZAM – Zamboanga

  • Travel Authority
  • Medical Certificate

PAG – Pagadian

  • Travel Authority
  • Medical Certificate

WNP – Naga

  • Travel Authority
  • Medical Certificate

DPL – Dipolog

For Returning or Repatriated OFWs and others Overseas Filipinos returning to their place of residence (ROFs)

  • Travel Authority issued by the Joint Task Force COVID Shield of the Philippine National Police (PNP)
  • Negative RT-PCR Result
  • Quarantine Certification issued by the DOH-Bureau of Quarantine
  • Final Declaration Form to be filled-out upon boarding the flight
  • Stay Safe Application Registration

For Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs):

  • Medical Certificate issued by the City/Municipality Health Office
  • Travel Authority issued by the Joint Task Force COVID Shield of the Philippine National Police (PNP)
  • Final Declaration Form to be filled-out upon boarding the flight
  • Stay Safe Application Registration

DVO – Davao

  • Health Declaration Form
  • Passenger Locator Form

CBO – Cotabato

  • Travel Authority
  • Medical Certificate

CEB – Cebu

For Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs):

  • Medical Certificate issued by the City/Municipality Health Office of the LGU where he/she was stranded
  • Letter of Confirmation from the LGU of residence in Cebu
  • Travel Authority issued by the Joint Task Force COVID Shield of the Philippine National Police (PNP)

For Health and Emergency Frontline Service Personnel:

  • PRC ID or Hospital ID

For Government Officials and Government Frontline Personnel:

  • Official Identification Card

For Persons Travelling to Cebu for connecting flights abroad:

  • Confirmed plane tickets
  • Proof of residence of work abroad

For Persons Travelling for Medical Reasons:

  • Certificate from the Provincial Government of Cebu
  • Certificate from the LGU over his/her residence
  • Medical Certificate

For Persons Travelling for Humanitarian Reasons:

  • Certificate from the Provincial Government of Cebu

For Persons Travelling for Business or Work:

  • Certificate from the Provincial Government of Cebu
  • Company Identification Card
  • Certificate of Employment stating that they are still connected with the company

For Owners of Business Establishments Permitted to Operate in Cebu:

  • Certificate from the Provincial Government of Cebu

For Professionals:

  • Certificate from the Provincial Government of Cebu
  • Proof of Profession

CGY – Cagayan de Oro

  • Travel Authority
  • Medical Certificate
  • Health Declaration Form
  • Passenger Locator Form

Upon arrival, you might still need to do a 14-day quarantine under the supervision of your LGU of residence.

Other reminders: 

  • Those who intend to travel for leisure, or below 21 years old or those 60 years old and above, or pregnant women, are not allowed on any domestic flights.

 

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