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Arrival guide for OFWs in the Philippines as of January 3

Note: An Overseas Filipino Worker or OFW is a person from the Philippines who is living and working in another country, typically on a temporary basis. This includes land-based OFWs and seafarers/sea-based OFWs. Families traveling together with at least one OFW will be considered all OFWs.

Testing and quarantine protocols for or Unvaccinated, partially vaccinated or individuals whose vaccination status cannot be independently validated
Travelers coming from “Green” and “Yellow” List Countries as specified under IATF 154-B
⦁ Negative RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior to departure
⦁ Facility based quarantine until release of negative results
⦁ 7th day swabbing
⦁ Home quarantine until 14th day from arrival
The testing and quarantine protocols of minors shall follow the testing and quarantine protocol of the parent/guardian traveling with them, regardless of the minor’s vaccination status, and country of origin.
RT-PCR test exemption of minors 3 years old and below as of December 6, 2021 ⦁ Unless symptomatic, minors 3 years old and below, shall not be required to present a negative RT-PCR test result
⦁ Symptomatic minors 3 years old and below shall be subject to the usual testing, and quarantine procedures for international arriving passengers.

For more information on testing and quarantine protocols for fully vaccinated travelers, whether in the Philippines or abroad, and are coming from “Green” or “Yellow” list countries, check  https://bit.ly/PALTravelsToPH-Vaccinated


1. All travelers should register to the Bureau of Quarantine e-Health Declaration Card (e-HDC) including children. Declare your personal information, health status, and travel history. 

 Register as early as 3 days within your departure date through https://www.onehealthpass.com.ph/e-HDC. As required, please ensure to upload a clear photo of your Vaccine Card/Certificate and RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior departure. Both photos must be in JPG/JPEG format. The BOQ will determine the number of quarantine days upon arrival depending on the complete documents presented by the passenger.

Accurately and completely fill-out all required fields including the e-HDC. Upon completion, please ensure to save a copy of your unique transaction number and your QR code which will be required upon check-in. Failure to present the OHP QR code may result to non-acceptance to the flight. 

2. Upon check-in, sign the Declaration and Waiver Form presented by our check-in agent, indicating that you are healthy and fit to travel.


3. Accomplish the Bureau of Customs Form, OWWA Care Slip, and Arrival Card.

4. Ensure that the copy of your One Health Pass QR code is available for presentation upon arrival. If you do not have it yet, please refer to step 1 – Before You Fly.


5. Upon arrival, listen to the briefing conducted by the Philippine Coast Guard.

6. Undergo a temperature check, present the BOQ One Health Pass QR Code upon deplaning, and proceed to the designated waiting area. 

7. For sea-based OFWs, wait for your turn to proceed to the verification booth. Present your QR code. For land-based OFWs, you may skip this step.

8. Clear with immigration and submit the Arrival Card.

9. Proceed to your respective desks for your quarantine hotel assignment:

  • For land-based OFWs and your dependents, proceed to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Desk. Present the OHP QR code and submit the OWWA Project Care Slip.
  • For sea-based OFWs and your dependents, proceed to the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) Desk

10. Claim your baggage at the designated carousel and clear with Customs Check.

11. Exit the terminal and wait for your shuttle/bus that will take you to your assigned hotel.


12. Check in at your hotel and wait for the schedule of your test. Please be reminded that your scheduled test may be postponed the next day or at a later date for any unforeseen circumstances (e.g., typhoons, flashfloods, strikes, shift in stricter community quarantine status, etc.).

Day 1 starts on the day you arrive in the Philippines. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms (e.g., dry cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste and/or smell, etc.) at any time before your scheduled test, please inform the hotel you are staying in so a medical or BOQ officer can assess and check up on you immediately.

13. Your accommodation and food during your stay will be shouldered by the Philippine government. Any additional hotel fees due to required extensions will be shouldered by their governing agency.


14. If you test positive, the BOQ shall transfer you to a designated hospital for further medical management. 

If you test negativeyour test result and quarantine certificate will be released within 24 hours from your swab schedule. You are allowed to check out only until your negative result is released. Present your test result to the assigned quarantine personnel at your hotel for clearance. For a hard copy of your certificate, printing services will be available at your hotel.

To follow up on your test results, please contact OWWA or your respective LMAs.

15. Once you are cleared, you may contact your relatives to pick you up and bring you home.

  • For Land-Based OFWs, you may coordinate with OWWA or use the OWWA Uwian Na portal for further transportation needs after your final point of arrival.
  • For Sea-Based OFWs, you may coordinate with your Local Manning Agency (LMA) for further transportation needs after your final point of arrival.

16. Please complete your home quarantine or self-isolation under the monitoring of your LGU and Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERT).

Source: PAL