Can we travel yet?

Yes and no. The rules for travel in the Philippines are changing every day. Check back here for news and updates.

August 05: Curfew hours, liquor ban set in areas under MECQ

Areas that have transitioned back to MECQ have adjusted their respective curfew hours in an effort to help curb the spread of Covid-19. Select cities have also reimposed liquor bans. The adjusted protocols will take effect at least until August 18. Read More

August 04: Pasig River Ferry free for essential workers in MECQ

The Pasig River Ferry will provide free services for frontline workers and government employees for the duration of the MECQ in Metro Manila, according to the MMDA. Rides are available at Pinagbuhatan, San Joaquin, Guadalupe, Valenzuela, Lawton, and Escolta stations. Read More

August 04: DOTr requires face shields on public transport

In an effort to help curb the spread of Covid-19, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) is requiring all passengers to wear face shields in areas where public transportation is allowed, beginning August 15. Read More

August 04: Grab resumes operations in Cebu City, Talisay

Transport Vehicle Network (TVN) Service Grab is resuming its operations in Cebu and Talisay cities following the areas’ respective shifts to GCQ. The company assured it is implementing strict health protocols to ensure riders’ and drivers’ safety. Read More

August 04: Stricter checkpoints imposed in MECQ areas

The police will implement strict measures at checkpoints in the city and municipal boundaries of NCR, Bulacan, Cavita, Laguna, and Rizal as the areas revert back to MECQ, according to Joint Task Force Covid Shield commander Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar. Read More

August 03: Higalaay Festival goes digital

Highlights and activities for this year’s Higalaay Festival in Cagayan de Oro will be broadcast online to prevent residents from leaving their homes amid the Covid-19 pandemic, according to city Tourism Officer Chedilyn Aissa Dulguime. Read More

August 03: DFA suspends Consular operations in NCR, Region IV-A

In accordance with MECQ guidelines, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has suspended operations in Consular Offices in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite Laguna, and Rizal from August 04 to 18. Those with appointments on the affected dates will be accommodated from August 19 to September 30. Read More

August 03: Air Asia updates flight schedules for August

Air Asia has released an updated list of its flight schedules in August, in line with the recently announced MECQ. Domestic flights outside of Metro Manila and select international flights will continue as scheduled, and domestic flights to and from NCR will be available once MECQ has been lifted. Read More

August 03: Philippine Airlines cancels domestic flights to and from Metro Manila

Philippine Airlines has cancelled domestic flights operating to and from Metro Manila from August 04 to 18, in line with the recently announced MECQ. Domestic flights outside of Metro Manila will continue as scheduled. Certain international flights may also be rerouted to land in Cebu or Clark. Read More

August 03: Cebu Pacific cancels domestic flights to and from Metro Manila

Cebu Pacific has cancelled domestic flights operating to and from Metro Manila from August 04 to 18, in line with the recently announced MECQ. Domestic flights outside of Metro Manila and select international operations will continue as scheduled. Read More

August 03: Mass gatherings prohibited in Bataan

Bataan’s provincial Inter-Agency Task Force has banned the holding of mass gatherings, including religious activities, in order to address the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the area. Churches in the province will live stream Holy Masses from August 04 to 16. Read More 

August 03: National Task Force Against Covid-19 releases new MECQ guidelines

The National Task Force Against Covid-19 has released updated guidelines for all areas under MECQ. The guidelines include minimum health standards, guidelines for mobility, and operations for essential and non-essential businesses. Read More

August 03: Quarantine passes required in MECQ areas

Quarantine passes will be required for essential travel within areas under MECQ. This is a developing story. Read More

August 03: DOTr suspends public transport under MECQ

The Department of Transportation is suspending the operation of buses, PUJs, taxies, trains (PNR, LRT-1 and 2, MRT-3), and transport network vehicles (TNVs) in areas under MECQ. Tricycles will only be allowed subject to guidelines of local governments. Read More

August 02: NCR, surrounding provinces revert to MECQ

In response to the call of the medical community, President Rodrigo Duterte has reverted Metro Manila, Laguna, Rizal, Cavite, and Bulacan to MECQ from August 04 to 18. Updated guidelines from Health Secretary Francisco Duque to follow. Read More

August 02: 40 countries have relaxed travel restrictions to Filipinos

The Department of Foreign Affairs released an updated list of 40 countries that have relaxed inbound travel restrictions to Filipinos, subject to destination-specific travel and safety protocols. Read More

August 01: Archdiocese of Manila voluntarily reverts to ECQ protocol

In support of the medical community, the Archdiocese of Manila has stopped holding public religious services in person from August 03 to 14 in an effort to help curb the spread of Covid-19. Read More

August 01: Healthcare workers call for two-week ECQ in Mega Manila

Frontline healthcare workers have requested President Rodrigo Duterte and the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to revert Mega Manila back to ECQ from August 01 to 15, amid rapidly rising cases of Covid-19 in the country. Several medical societies have expressed concern that the healthcare system is too overwhelmed, and requires a “time out” to recalibrate pandemic control strategies. Read More / Watch

August 01: Panglao plans to reopen in Q4

The island of Panglao, Bohol is eyeing reopening its shores to visitors within the fourth quarter of 2020, following the LGU’s implementation of health and safety protocols for tourism destinations. Read More

July 31: Oslob re-opens tourism

The Cebu provincial government has re-opened tourism in Oslob, now allowing visitors to go whale shark watching, snorkeling, trekking, diving, and island hopping. Read More

July 31: Cebu finalizing bike network masterplan

Urban planners in Cebu are finalizing plans for the Tricities Bike Network that will traverse across the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, and Lapu-Lapu. The project was borne from public calls to create alternative modes of transport during community quarantine. Read More

July 31: Ten localities to remain under GCQ

President Rodrigo Duterte has announced that 10 areasNCR, Batangas, Bulacan, Cavite, Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, Laguna, Mandaue, Rizal, and Zamboanga City—will remain under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The rest of the Philippines will be placed under MGCQ. Watch Here

July 30: Weak restart pushes airline recovery prediction to 2024

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported that the demand for air travel is unlikely to reach pre-pandemic levels until 2024, after figures from June to July showed a “disappointingly and unexpectedly weak” restart in air travel. Read More

July 30: Legazpi City reimposes stricter protocols

The Legazpi City Task Force for Covid-19 has reimposed stricter community quarantine protocols to help curb the spread of the virus. The 8PM to 4AM quarantine has been reinstated, drinking in public places has been banned, and leisure activities along Legazpi Blvd will be prohibited, according to city Mayor Noel Rosal. Read More

July 30: UN reports $320B world tourism losses

The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) reported that the global tourism sector has reached $320B (PHP16T) in losses within the first five months of 2020—thrice as much as the global economic crisis of 2009. International tourism numbers have dropped 56% amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Read More

July 30: DOT encourages tourism players to go digital

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat is encouraging the travel industry to go digital as the country transitions to a “new normal.” Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, she emphasized the need to adopt e-commerce and contactless transaction. Read More

July 29: DOT asks stakeholders to assist in tourism reopening

Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat has asked industry stakeholders to assist the department in preparing destinations for an eventual reopening once placed under MGCQ. Despite many provinces relaxing quarantine restrictions, many are still hesitant to reopen to visitors outside of their respective regions. Read More

July 29: MARINA sets new protocol for seafarers, repatriates

The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) issued new health and safety protocols for the repatriation of seafarers and change of crew in the country’s domestic and international ports amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The revised protocols are in compliance with existing national health protocols and that of the International Maritime Organization. Read More

July 29: Additional international flights from Clark Airport to start in August

Nineteen international flights will be flying out from the Clark International Airport (CRK) as part of the administration’s efforts to repatriate stranded overseas Filipinos. Read More

July 29: More businesses to reopen under GCQ

The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has approved the reopening of certain non-essential businesses under GCQ, according to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Gyms, internet shops, tutorial and review centers, and drive-in cinemas will be allowed to operate, with a 30% maximum capacity limit, beginning August 01. Read More

July 29: Sunday masses suspended in Baguio

Religious services including Sunday masses have been suspended once again in Baguio as the city struggles to contain what may be considered a second wave of Covid-19. Mayor Benjamin Magalong urges local churches to offer Mass services remotely. Read More

July 29: Muntinlupa passes ordinance on face masks

City Mayor Jaime Fresnedi has passed an ordinance that penalizes individuals who fail to wear face masks in public places in Muntinlupa for the duration of the community quarantine. Read More

July 27: Palace encourages local travel once protocols in place

President Rodrigo Duterte urged the public to travel locally once it is safe to do so as a way to help boost the country’s economy. The President also requested government agencies and LGUs to “harmonize” policies on domestic tourism to ensure traveler safety. Read More

July 27: Traditional jeepneys to resume operations in NCR

Close to 2,000 traditional jeepneys will resume operations in Metro Manila on Wednesday as the LTFRB reopens 17 PUJ routes due to the increased demand for public transportation. For safety reasons, each vehicle will be required to only accept half of the maximum capacity of passengers. Read More 

July 27: DFA closes main building in Pasay

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has temporarily closed its main building along Roxas Blvd. from July 28 as part of its assessment of public health and safety measures against Covid-19. Consular Offices will remain open, following previously-announced operations times. The main office will resume operations on July 30. Read More / Update

July 27: Bacolod Old City Hall closes indefinitely

Residents of Bacolod are banned from entering the old City Hall, as the city government conducts fumigation and disinfection as several employees occupying the building recently tested positive for Covid-19. The Bacolod City Government Center was also closed for disinfection on July 22. Read More

July 27: Baguio reimposes liquor ban, tightens control measures

Mayor Benjamin Magalong announced a reimposition of the liquor ban, along with stricter implementation of protocols to control the movement of people within the city. This comes as Baguio faces a “quite alarming” spike in the number of Covid-19 cases, with 20 percent of persons who frequently travel showing a higher rate of infection. Read More  

July 27: Travel ban between Iloilo, Bacolod reimposed

Travel between Iloilo and Bacolod cities in Western Visayas has again been suspended—only four days after the initial travel ban ended—amid increasing cases of Covid-19 in Bacolod. Both Mayors Jerry Treñas and Evelio Leonardia have agreed to suspend the traffic between their cities. Read More

July 26: Ivory Coast lifts border restrictions to the Philippines

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has confirmed that Côte d’Ivoire has lifted international travel restrictions, including to the Philippines. All arriving and departing passengers will be subject to struct medical and other safety measures. Read More

July 26: Baguio City reestablishes checkpoints

Due to a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases, Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong has ordered the reestablishment of checkpoints in the city’s 128 barangays. The city is also implementing enhanced risk-based testing, which targets 10 percent of every sector. Read More

July 25: Areas in five Cebu City villages under lockdown

The Cebu City government is implementing localized lockdowns in six areas in five barangays—including Barangay Guadalupe, Labangon, and Mabolo—in an effort to help curb the spread of Covid-19. The lockdowns will be implemented for three to fourteen days, according to city Mayor Edgardo Labella. Read More

July 24: LSIs wait for Hatid Tulong in Rizal Memorial Stadium

Thousands of Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) have packed into the Rizal Memorial Stadium to wait for government assistance to return to their provinces. The Hatid Tulong Program has received widespread criticism after images from within the stadium show significant lack of organization and physical distancing. Officials have since asked for public understanding regarding the situation. Read More / Update

July 24: IATF approves PH participation in Covid-19 vaccine access

The Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has approved the country’s participation in the Gavi Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Facility, a global initiative designed to ensure rapid, fair, and equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines for every country in the world. Read More

July 24: Cebu province allows new tourism activities

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia has announced that some tourism activities have been allowed to resume in the province, subject to certain protocols to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Among the activities allowed are canyoneering, island hopping, snorkeling and diving, zipline, and parasailing. Read More

July 24: Boracay opens to all travelers from Western Visayas

The Department of Tourism (DOT) announced that Boracay island is now open to all residents of Western Visayas, including travelers below 21 and above 60 years old. DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat noted no Covid-19 cases have been reported on the island. Read More

July 23: Iloilo City puts 20 houses under lockdown

Twenty houses in the Lapuz district of Iloilo city were placed on temporary lockdown after three residents from the village tested positive for Covid-19. The lockdown is set to end on Friday, following the testing of concerned residents. Read More

July 23: Bacolod City reopens borders; ferries to Iloilo resume

Ferry trips from Bacolod City to Iloilo have resumed after Mayor Evelio Leonardia reopened its borders to travelers from Iloilo Province and the rest of Panay. Leonardia said both he and Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas have agreed to reopen both borders. Read More

July 23: Subic tourism begins to reopen

Tourism-related firms in the Subic Bay Freeport, including restaurants and retail shops, are beginning to reopen to the public following nearly four months of community quarantine. As the Freeport prepares to welcome more travelers, strict health and safety protocols will continue to be enforced. Read More

July 22: Ban on non-essential international outbound travel reimposed

The Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has reimposed a suspension on non-essential travel abroad, after previously lifting the ban on July 07. This comes after only one travel agency agreed to provide the necessary additional coverage for outbound leisure travel, according to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque. Read More

July 22: DFA suspends Consular Office operations in La Union

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)’s Consular Office in La Union has suspended its operations until July 31 in compliance with San Fernando City’s transition to ECQ. Appointments scheduled during the suspension will be accommodated from August 03 to 21. Read More

July 22: Ilocos Norte promotes ‘drive tourism’

The Ilocos Norte Tourism Office (INTO) is promoting a series of pop-up activities in the province’s eco-tourism destinations. Following the success of the Ilocos Cordillera Drive Tour on July 18, the series hopes to help jumpstart local tourism recovery as the province’s tourist destinations reopen. Read More

July 21: DOT launches learning program to revitalize tourism

The Department of Tourism (DOT) is launching the Leadership Excellence Series (LES) 2020, an online learning program to provide creative ways to retool and reskill local tourism industry players for the “new normal.” The LES 2020 will be simulcast through Zoom and digitally complemented across the DOT’s official social media accounts. Read More

July 21: Bacolod City closes borders to Panay, Guimaras

In an effort to contain the spread of Covid-19, Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia has ordered the closure of city borders to travelers from Panay and Guimaras islands. The closure will be effective from 11:59PM of July 21 until further notice. Read More

July 21: Iloilo City closes borders to Negros Island

Travelers from Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, and Negros Oriental have been barred from entering Iloilo City in an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19, according to Mayor Jerry Treñas. The indefinite closure will be effective from July 22, though the movement of essential goods and cargo will remain unhampered. Read More

July 21: San Fernando, La Union placed under ECQ

The Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (RIATF) has approved the request of La Union Governor Francisco Ortega III to place the city of San Fernando under enhanced community quarantine. The ECQ is effective immediately, until July 31. Meanwhile, Caba town in La Union is also placed under lockdown until July 25. Read More

July 20: Manila opens walk-in Covid-19 testing center

Following the opening of two drive-thru testing centers, Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno announced the opening of a walk-in Covid-19 testing center, designed specifically for citizens who do not have private vehicles. The testing facility is located in front of the Ospital ng Sampaloc. Read More

July 20: Traditional PUJs to resume operations in Cebu

Public Utility Jeepneys (PUJs) will be allowed to resume operations in Cebu under MGCQ, according to Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia. All PUJs must secure roadworthiness certification to ensure compliance with standards of public transport, according to the LTFRB-Central Visayas. Read More

July 20: local tourism industry players expect to recover by 2021

According to the Philippine Tourism Survey: Covid-19 Edition conducted by PwC Philippines, 63% of the country’s tourism players believe that their business operations will be back on track by next year. Read More / Access the Report

July 20: MMDA: EDSA busway fully operational in two months

The EDSA busway and all 16 of its bus stops will be fully operational by September, according to MMDA spokesperson and Assistant Secretary Celine Pialago. The bus stops will open gradually, and commuters will be allowed to use the stops that have already been completed. Read More

July 20: DFA temporarily closes offices in Paranaque, SM Manila

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has closed its Consular Offices in Aseana, Paranaque City and SM Manila (NCR-West) for site disinfection and other preventive measures against Covid-19. Both offices are scheduled to resume operations on July 22. Read More

July 19: Three additional territories lift inbound travel restrictions on Filipinos

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported that three additional countries and territories—Macau, Croatia, and Senegal—have lifted their inbound travel restriction on Filipino travelers, subject to medical protocols upon arrival. Read More

July 19: Four Pasig City streets put under localized lockdown

Following a surge of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Brgy. Manggahan, Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto announced that a localized ECQ will be imposed on four streets in the area to help curb the spread of the virus. Read More

July 18: Korean Embassy temporarily shuts down consular office

The Korean Embassy in the Philippines is shutting down its consular office until at least July 22, to give way for disinfection after one of its security personnel tested positive for Covid-19. Resumption of operations will be subject to the Covid-19 test results of the remaining consular personnel.  Read More

July 17: DOT in Eastern Visayas encourages ‘safe bubble concept’

The Department of Tourism (DOT) in Eastern Visayas has requested tourist destinations to adopt the ‘safe bubble concept’ when accepting travelers, where a maximum of 10 participants will be allowed to enter a tourist destination at the same time. Strict pre-registration is encouraged to be able to follow the new capacity rules, according to DOT 8 Director Katrina Rosa Tiopes. Read More

July 17: Sto. Niño de Cebu Basilica eyes reopening

The Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño de Cebu has announced plans to reopen after all its personnel have tested negative for Covid-19. Barangay officials have confirmed that all previously-tested personnel who were positive for Covid-19 have now recovered. Read More

July 17: Live audiences prohibited for non-contact sports

As certain non-contact sporting activities are allowed to resume in areas under GCQ and MGCQ, the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) reiterates that spectators are still barred from attending practices and competitions. Read More

July 17: Foreign nationals allowed to enter the Philippines starting August

Foreigners with existing long-term visas are now allowed to enter the country by August, according to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque. While returning overseas Filipinos are given high priority, the Inter-Agency Task Force for Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has agreed to allow the entry of foreigners provided they book an accredited quarantine facility and a Covid-19 testing provider prior to their trip. Read More

July 17: South Korea requires negative PCR test certificate from local travelers

Starting July 20, all passengers without a South Korean passport departing Manila, either arriving or transiting at the Incheon International Airport, must present a valid Covid-19 PCR negative test certificate from an accredited hospital designated by the South Korean embassy. Access the List 

July 16: Zamboanga city reverts to GCQ

Following a period under MGCQ from July 1 to July 15, the local Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) announced that Zamboanga city returns to GCQ on July 16, Thursday. Under the new guidelines, only authorized holders of the quarantine pass (QP) will be allowed to go out to access essential goods. Read more

July 16: DOT: MICE allowed to operate at 50% capacity under MGCQ

The Department of Tourism has announced that meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE) are allowed to operate at 50% capacity in areas under MGCQ. According to DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, the new guidelines require MICE organizers to strictly follow health protocols and formulate an emergency preparedness plan to prevent the spread of infection at any MICE event. Read more

July 16: Cebu shifts to MECQ; NCR remains under GCQ

Cebu has shifted to MECQ following a month under strict quarantine, while Metro Manila will remain under GCQ. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque noted that the decision was made despite research-backed recommendations from the University of the Philippines to shift NCR to MECQ. The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) had appealed to extend GCQ instead, as it said LGUs were committed to more strict implementation of response protocols. Read More

July 15: Manila opens drive-thru Covid-19 testing facility

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno opened the city’s newest drive-thru testing center for Covid-19. Tests will be done using a newly-acquired serology testing machine, and will take 5 minutes to administer with results coming out within 24 hours. The facility is free and open to residents and non-residents of Manila. A second facility is set to open at the Quirino Grandstand. Read More / Update / Regular Updates

July 15: International travelers drop 95%

The number of international travelers in the country within the last three months has dropped at least 95% from last year, according to Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente. These numbers are not expected to rise in the near future as the Covid-19 crisis continues worldwide. Read More

July 15: Areas in Malabon to undergo 15-day lockdown

Select areas within Malabon will be placed under a 15-day lockdown, beginning July 16, to help prevent the rapid spread of the Covid-19 virus. The Malabon city government has released a list of areas to be under lockdown, including parts of Brgy. Tugatong and Brgy. Longos. Access the List

July 15: Puerto Princesa focuses on retrofitting tourism

The Puerto Princesa city government is retrofitting programs for the tourism industry as it gradually opens to more economic activity. Diverse methods to respond to the Covid-19 crisis, including a push for agri-tourism, are being considered. Read More 

July 13: Old Caraga Church reopens after restoration

San Salvador del Mundo Parish in Caraga, Davao Oriental reopens to parishioners and visitors after two years of closure. The restoration on Mindanao’s oldest Catholic church is said to have reached P20 million in worth. Read More

July 13: MGCQ unlikely for Metro Manila

Despite the growing push for reopening the economy, it is not recommended for NCR to transition to a more relaxed community quarantine following a continued rise in Covid-19 cases in the region, according to the Malacañang. Read More

July 13: Navotas City to undergo two-week lockdown

Navotas City Mayor Toby Tiangco announced that the city will be placed under a 14-day lockdown to help address the rising number of local Covid-19 cases. The lockdown is tentatively scheduled to start on July 15. Read More

July 13: National Task Force implements new rules for motorcycle back-riding

The National Task Force (NTF) against Covid-19 is implementing new rules for the permission of motorcycle back-riding, including the approval of a “backpack design” barrier between riders and passengers. Motorists are given until July 19 to comply with the new regulations. Read More / Update 1, 2

July 13: Metro Manila eyes local lockdowns amid talk of reopening

Metro Manila may further relax its restrictions and transition into modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), but local governments must be able to swiftly respond to local outbreaks, according to Cabinet Secretary and IATF Co-Chair Karlo Nograles. Read More

July 11: MRT-3 to resume operations at limited capacity

Following Covid-19 testing for all personnel, the MRT-3 line will restart on Monday, July 13, at a limited capacity with 12 trains in operation. Management stressed that a thorough disinfection of MRT-3 facilities was also conducted, and health and safety protocols will continue to be followed. Read More

July 10: IATF adopts new protocol for inbound flight crew

Amid the easing of restrictions in and out of the country, the IATF has adopted guidelines issued by the International Civil Aviation Organization for the health and safety of inbound flight crew. Read More

July 09: DFA expects rise in repatriation numbers

The Department of Foreign Affairs expects more Overseas Filipinos affected by the pandemic to return to the Philippines as NAIA resumes its international flight operations. Over 68,000 Filipinos have been repatriated as of July 08. Read More

July 08: Enhanced travel insurance requirement mulled by DOT

The Department of Tourism is considering requiring Filipino travelers to obtain medical travel insurance with an additional 15-day coverage before being allowed to leave the country. The DOT is in talks with travel agents about the potential new requirement, but no details have been finalized. Read More

July 08: DOT eyes local travel as key to tourism restart

The Department of Tourism hopes to reopen various destinations to encourage local travel, according to Undersecretary Arturo Boncato. As the tourism industry slowly restarts, Boncato stresses the “crucial role” LGUs play in reopening destinations. Read More

July 08: NAIA confirms 24 cases of Covid-19 among personnel

A total of 24 personnel from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport have tested positive for Covid-19, not including personnel from the Bureaus of Customs and Immigration. MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal asserts that additional protocols will be strictly observed as the airport continues its operations. Read More

July 08: DOTr aims for digitalization

Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade says the DOTr will focus on digitalization as the country shifts to the “new normal,” eyeing implementations such as mandatory RFID in tollways, electronic ticketing on maritime transport, and cashless payment on mass transit systems. Online transactions are also being done through the Land Transportation Office website. Read More

July 08: Filipinos urged to follow rules on non-essential travel

President Rodrigo Duterte urged Filipinos who wish to travel out of the country to follow the protocols imposed for non-essential travel amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The President reminded citizens to remain vigilant, as lifting travel restrictions does not mean the pandemic is over. Read More

July 08: NAIA Terminal 3 resumes international flight operations

NAIA Terminal 3 will resume international flight operations for All Nippon Airways (ANA), Air Asia Berhad, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, and Turkish Airlines. International flights from Cebu Pacific, Delta Air, United Airlines, and Qantas Airways remain suspended. Read More

July 07: CAAP releases list of airports cleared for flights

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines has released an updated list of airports with LGU clearance to resume commercial flights. Each airport is subject to different documentary and passenger restrictions given by their respective LGUs. Read More

July 07: IATF lifts non-essential outbound restrictions on Filipino travelers

The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has lifted the suspension of non-essential travel by Filipinos. Travel for tourism is still prohibited, and all travelers will be subject to the inbound travel restrictions of their destination countries. Returning travelers will be tested for Covid-19 and required to undergo quarantine. Read MoreSee the IATF Resolution

July 07: Diocese of Pasig to reopen Churches

Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara announced that churches under the Diocese of Pasig will reopen to devotees beginning July 11. In compliance with IATF protocols under GCQ, each church will only accept parishioners at 10% capacity. The Diocese of Cubao has also announced it hopes to reopen this weekend. Read More

July 06: MRT-3 suspends operations amid rising Covid-19 cases

The MRT-3 will cease operations from July 06, to allow its staff to undergo testing for Covid-19. This comes after 198 personnel tested positive for the virus. The shutdown, which originally was meant to last until July 11, may be extended depending on the results of testing, according to MRT-3 management. Read More / Update

July 05: Taguig City appoints ‘exercise safe zones’

The Taguig City government has designated ‘exercise safe zones’ for residents to engage in fitness activities under strict adherence to health and safety protocols. Monitoring stations, help desks, and bike repair facilities will be set up at each zone. Read More

July 05: 31 countries lift inbound border restrictions on Filipinos

Border restrictions on Filipino travelers have been lifted in 31 of 177 countries and territories around the world, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs. Travelers are still subject to medical protocols on arriving passengers. Read More

July 05: DFA temporarily closes offices in Paranaque, NCR South

The Department of Foreign Affairs will be closing Consular Offices in Aseana, Paranaque City and Alabang Town Center, NCR South for site disinfection and implementation of preventive measures against Covid-19. The Consular Office in NCR South will reopen on July 06, while the one in Paranaque City will reopen on July 08. Read More / Update 1, 2

July 03: Palawan targets resumption of tourism activities in select towns

Palwan plans to start a “dry run” of reopening leisure activities in El Nido, Coron, and San Vicente as soon as possible, according to Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat. Dry runs will allow tourists from areas under MGCQ to enter the towns, provided an RT-PCR test and negative Covid-19 test result from any DOH-approved hospital. Read More

July 03: Quiapo Church reopens after two-week quarantine

The Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene reopened to churchgoers for the first time since June 19, after a priest who had stayed in the church tested positive for Covid-19. Parochial Vicar Fr. Douglas Badong reiterates that despite reopening, only 10 people are allowed in the church during Mass. Read More

July 03: Religious gatherings at 10% capacity allowed in GCQ zones

The Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has allowed mass gatherings for religious purposes to resume in GCQ areas beginning July 10, provided a 10% maximum capacity. Read More

July 02: MRT-3 to operate at reduced capacity

The MRT-3 will operate with fewer trains beginning July 06 after a total of 127 of its personnel tested positive for Covid-19. Additional health and safety measures will be taken by MRT-3 personnel on duty. Read More

July 01: Cebu prepares for tourism reopening

As majority of areas in Cebu province transition to MGCQ, Governor Gwen Garcia announced that they will focus on reviving tourism activities, including whale watching, thresher shark watching, and canyoneering. Garcia reiterated that all activities will be subject to strict health protocol. Read More

July 01: Manila City barangays to undergo 48-hour lockdown 

A total of 31 barangays in Manila City will be placed under hard lockdown from July 04 to 05. Mayor Isko Moreno says the lockdown aims to help contain the spread of Covid-19, and for “purposes of disease surveillance, verification or testing and rapid risk assessment.” Read More

July 01: EDSA Busway begins interim operations

Interim operations of the EDSA Busway, which covers bus stops from Monumento to PITX, begins today. The Busway aims to complement ongoing MRT-3 line operations, and help commuters in Metro Manila amid the region-wide quarantine. Read More

July 01: Cebu City new Covid-19 hotspot; NCR remains under GCQ

Cebu City will remain under ECQ until at least July 15 due to continued increase in Covid-19 cases. Meanwhile, Metro Manila remains under GCQ, following what the Palace called “substantial compliance” to quarantine regulations. Read More

June 28: DFA releases update on travel bans and restrictions 

The Department of Foreign Affairs has released an updated list of restrictions affecting Filipino travelers. Read More

June 27: Over 59,000 Filipinos repatriated amid Covid-19 crisis 

Working with embassies around the world, the Department of Foreign Affairs has repatriated over 59,000 overseas Filipinos in response to Covid-19, since the first repatriation flight from Wuhan in February. Read More

June 26: Naga City bans Peñafrancia processions 

Processions to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Peñafrancia in September have been cancelled to help curb the spread of Covid-19. The statement was jointly signed by Naga City Mayor Nelson Legacion and Archbishop Rolando Tirana. Read More

June 26: SM Malls in NCR reopen, introduce new safety protocols

Following the reopening of malls in NCR, SM Malls has outlined updates to its health and safety procedures, including touch-free payment options, socially distant dining spaces, and roadside pickup of goods. Read More

June 22: DOT assures recovery of tourism industry

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat is optimistic that the tourism industry will recover well and restore the millions of local jobs affected, following a report from the Philippine Statistics Authority. Read More / Access the Report

June 20 : Cagsawa Ruins reopens to tourists

After a three-month closure, Cagsawa Ruins in Daraga, Albay is reopening to tourists. Following public health protocol, visitors are required to sign a health declaration, undergo temperature checks, and wear masks at all times. Food and souvenir stalls will not be allowed to operate. Read More

June 18 : Domestic travel survey points to recovery within 12 months

A domestic travel sentiment survey led by Chroma Hospitality shows that domestic travel demand could substantially recover within a 12-month period, with 90 percent of respondents expressing a desire to travel locally within one to 12 months. Access the Survey

June 16 : Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar to reopen in July

Under strict sanitation guidelines from the Department of Health and Department of Tourism, heritage site Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar reopens its doors to the public on July 1, 2020. Read More

June 16: Ayala Center Cebu, Central Bloc temporarily close

In accordance with public health measures following Cebu’s return to ECQ, Ayala Center Cebu and Ayala Malls Central Bloc will temporarily cease operations, until further notice. Read More

June 16 : Manila, Muntinlupa shorten curfew hours

Following the extension of GCQ in Metro Manila, curfew hours in Manila City now run from 10PM to 5AM, while Muntinlupa’s curfew hours run from 10PM to 4AM. Read More

June 16 : GCQ in NCR extended to June 30; Cebu City back to ECQ

Metro Manila is one of 25 areas in the country under GCQ until June 30. Meanwhile, Cebu City returns to the strictest community quarantine level after continued rise in Covid-19 cases. Read More

June 15 : Boracay to reopen to Western Visayas residents

The Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force approves Aklan’s recommendation to reopen the island to Western Visayas locals. Residents of Negros Occidental, Guimaras, Iloilo, Antique, Aklan, and Capiz will be allowed to enter the island. Visiting cruise ships remain prohibited from docking amid international travel protocols. Read More

June 15 : Manila restaurants to operate dine-in services at limited capacity

Restaurants in Manila City are now allowed to have patrons eat inside restaurants, provided a 30% maximum capacity limit, and diners prohibited from eating face-to-face. Read More

June 15 : Flights to Albay, Palawan allowed to resume

Following the memorandum by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), all three major domestic airlines may now resume inbound flights in Palawan and Albay. Each airline is allowed two flights per week, primarily catering to stranded residents of Palawan and Bicol, returning OFWs, and authorized individuals.  Read More

June 11 : US Embassy cancels visa appointments through July 3

Immigrant and non-immigrant visa interview appointments with the US Embassy scheduled through July 3, 2020, have been canceled. Affected applicants are advised to reschedule their visa interviews after the community quarantine is lifted. Read More

June 10 : DOT eyes ‘travel corridors’ between virus-free areas

As local tourism prepares to reopen, DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat says the country is looking into establishing ‘travel corridors’ between local virus-free zones, and countries recovered from their respective Covid-19 outbreaks such as Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea. Read More

June 8 : Local ecotourism poised to flourish post-lockdown

Experts believe that ecotourism can thrive in the Philippines as the tourism industry begins to reopen post-lockdown. An alternative to mass tourism, having outdoor-centric activities in low-risk environments gives ecotourism a head start in rebounding quickly, according to John Roberts of the Minor Hotels Group. Read More

June 5 : AirAsia resumes domestic commercial flight operations

AirAsia flights from Manila to Cebu and Cagayan de Oro, Clark to Cebu and Cagayan de Oro resume on June 05. Flights from to Davao from Manila, Cebu, and Clark will resume by June 8, while flights to Puerto Princesa from Manila and Clark by June 11. Read More

June 4 : Cebu Pacific resumes limited domestic commercial flight operations

Cebu Pacific is running special flights to and from Manila and other domestic destinations, giving major priority to stranded passengers, Overseas Filipino Workers, and those doing essential travel work. Read More

June 5 : NAIA resumes domestic commercial flight operations

NAIA resumes domestic commercial flight operations as Metro Manila transitions to general community quarantine, provided that LGUs support resuming commercial flight operations in their respective jurisdictions. Read More

June 2 : Areas under MGCQ request later reopening for tourism

Popular tourism destinations under modified general community quarantine are hesitant to resume tourism activities, with Bohol and Baguio seeking to postpone reopening to July and September 2020, respectively. Read More

June 2 : DOT promotes digital tourism

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat says the DOT is working to ensure Philippine tourism remains competitive in the time of Covid-19, optimizing “the role of technology to promote tourism and digital learning to provide new opportunities across the tourism sector.” Read More

June 1 : Philippine Airlines announces public flying schedule

Philippine Airlines resumes select international and domestic flight operations beginning June 13. Flight schedules are subject to change based on government requirements, Covid-19 testing and/or quarantine limitations for international arrivals, and travel restrictions in other countries. Read More


May 31 : Point-to-point buses resume operations in Metro Manila

LTFRB released the list of point-to-point (P2P) buses to resume operations beginning June 01. All buses will run at limited capacity and subject to government-mandated health protocols. Read More

May 31 : Taxis and TNVs resume operations in Metro Manila

LTFRB announced 23,067 taxi and transport network vehicle (TNV) service units approved to transport passengers beginning June 01. Drivers and/or operators will be required to wear gloves and face masks, regularly disinfect vehicles, set up a transparent divider between driver and passenger, and maintain a logbook for contact tracing. Read More

May 29 : Manila International Airport Authority prepares to resume flights

The MIAA is taking steps to prepare for the resumption of full flight operations. Measures include assessment of facility and equipment efficiency; sanitation of all NAIA terminals; regular sanitation of comfort rooms; coordination with government authorities on finalizing routes and flight schedules upon resumption of operations. Read More

May 29 : DOT to reopen tourism ‘slowly but surely’

The Department of Tourism ensured that the national tourism sector is prepared to provide its services as the country moves towards a post-quarantine “new normal.” Read More

May 28 : Metro Manila placed under General Community Quarantine

NCR has been deemed a “high-to-moderate-risk area” and will transition into general community quarantine beginning June 01. The announcement from the Palace comes after all 17 mayors in the region recommended the shift from MECQ. Read More

May 20 : DOT to reopen domestic tourism industry with IATF, LGUs

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat outlined the DOT’s plans to revive local tourism once under modified general community quarantine. Health measures in place include: sanitation and disinfection of accommodations, transport services and related establishments; supply of sanitation devices, including PPEs, for tourism workers; health and safety inspection of tourism establishments; physical distancing measures; and a limit on customer capacity. Read More

May 16 : NCR allows malls, more businesses to reopen

Bookstores, hardware and clothing shops, and restaurants with delivery/take-out options in Metro Manila are allowed to partially reopen, with a maximum 40% of its workforce on site. Public transportation, salons, barbershops, and gyms remain closed.  Read More / Operating Hours

May 12 : Palace announces nationwide General Community Quarantine; Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine in NCR, Laguna, Cebu

In an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19, General Community Quarantine will be enforced nationwide beginning May 16. Following two months under ECQ, the provinces of NCR, Laguna, and Cebu City, which have been identified as “high-risk areas,” will be under Modified ECQ. Read More

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