Philippines Closed Until 2021

Following recent news about tourism in Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia, The Philippines have become the latest country to end hopes of the return of tourism in 2020.

On Monday this week Philippine President, Rodrigo Roa Duterte announced that the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) for the majority of the country would continue until the end of December.

Eight provinces will be under the GCQ which limits international travel to key areas, of which tourism is, of course, not included.

The eight provinces affected are Batangas, Davao City. Davao del Norte, Iligan, Iloilo City, Lanao del Sur, Metro Manila and Tacloban City. The majority of international travellers enter the country through Manila.

Preparing to Open for Tourists

The Philippine government have been preparing for the re-opening of the borders.

Entering The Philippines

Entrants to the country at the moment are limited but currently face:

  • Temperature checks, foot baths, compulsory wearing of masks and social distancing in airports
  • A PCR Covid test on arrival
  • A stay in either an accredited quarantine hotel or government quarantine facility while waiting for test results at the travellers expense
  • Anyone testing positive will be transferred to designated hospital
  • Negative tests will allow travellers to continue their journey.

How many of these will greet tourists remain to be seen, but it is likely that many will continue.


A set of new guidelines has been published by The Philippine Department of Tourism in preparation for the re-opening of tourism.

The documents require all hotels and guest houses to gain accreditation to operate which will ensure that appropriate measures including temperature checks, health declarations and sanitisation protocols are undertaken.

Hotels will also need to have procedures in place for any guests who are symptomatic, including failing the temperature check, or have specific indicators in their health declaration.

The Philippines have so far recorded 435,413 cases of Covid-19 and 8,446 fatalities.

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