August 5th, 2020

More International Airports Open for Filipinos Amidst MECQ

Essential travel remains open in the Philippines despite the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to place Metro Manila and nearby provinces to stricter quarantine measures. In fact, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced more international airports opening up for Filipino travelers.

PAL flights

The DFA says countries have relaxed their inbound travel restrictions to Filipinos, subject to medical restrictions and other safety protocols imposed by their respective governments. Among them are: 

  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador 
  • Jamaica
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • French Polynesia
  • New Macedonia
  • Tanzania
  • Zambia
  • Kenya
  • Sudan


Meanwhile, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, the Marshall Islands, Sri Lanka, and Guyana now allow entry exemptions to Filipinos who are dual citizens of their destination countries and/or returning residents, overseas Filipino workers with work visas and contracts, diplomatic or UN passport holders, and government officials going to post or on official travels.

With more countries easing their inbound and outbound travel restrictions, DFA continues to advise the public to always check ahead of travel dates with airlines, as well as with relevant embassies and consulates before departure or booking a ticket.

The DFA also reported that 146 countries now allow Filipinos to return to the Philippines, subject to flight availability and other arrangements. The government also continues its repatriation efforts for Filipino workers abroad including returning seafarers who are on the process of crew change.