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Do You Need Travel Insurance for The Philippines?

Do You Need Travel Insurance for The Philippines?

Do You Need Travel Insurance for The Philippines?
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The Philippines is an island country in the western Pacific Ocean. It consists of more than 7,000 islands and islets lying about 500 miles (800 km) off the coast of Vietnam. Although Manila is the capital, nearby Quezon City is the country’s most-populous city.

Though it is located in Southeast Asia, the country is culturally Euro-American due to historic western influences.

Before leaving on your travels, prepare for the unexpected. This is where travel insurance comes in.

Travel Insurance is Mandatory

Travel insurance is mandatory for international tourists from non-visa-required countries to visit the Philippines starting February 10th, 2022. Visitors need coverage for Covid-19 with a minimum of $35,000 USD (approximately P1.75 million) for the entire stay in the Philippines.

You must also provide a negative RT-PCR Covid test taken 48 hours before departure from the country of origin and have a valid return ticket to a port of origin or the next port of destination no longer than 30 days after arrival in the Philippines.

With a wide range of plans on the market, it may be difficult to select a plan. That's where VisitorsCoverage can help. To find the plan that's best for you, first assess the condition of your health. Then take a look at your travel plans and the requirements for entry. From there, you can compare plans side by side with our comparison tool. For travelers with pre-existing conditions, senior travelers and those looking for more complete coverage, a comprehensive plan may be the best option. If you are looking for basic coverage at an affordable price, a limited plan may be the way to go. If traveling from the U.S., and a US resident, trip insurance with the addition of CFAR may be a better option.

Covid in The Philippines

If you travel to the Philippines, here are some Covid safety precautions to take. Plan ahead by staying up to date with vaccinations. Also know the requirements of safety precautions while in-country. Do not travel if you test positive for Covid.

For the most up-to-date information on Covid restrictions for traveling, please follow CDC guidelines.

Covid information for your trip

Do you know the Covid situation for your destination? Keep up with country-specific advisories and notifications.

Health & Safety

The Philippines has a low rate of Covid-related illnesses. Here are other health and safety tips for your stay:

  • Avoid contaminated water.
  • Stay alert to changing weather conditions and adjust your plans if conditions become unsafe.
  • Prevent bug bites by covering exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats. Use an appropriate insect repellent.
  • Keep away from animals, especially in the wild.
  • Carry a card that identifies, in the local language, your blood type, chronic conditions or serious allergies, and the generic names of any medications you take.
  • Some prescription drugs may be illegal in other countries. Call the Philippines’s embassy to verify that all of your prescription(s) are legal to bring with you.
  • Bring all the medicines (including over-the-counter medicines) you think you might need during your trip, including extra in case of travel delays. Ask your doctor to help you get prescriptions filled early if you need to.
  • Select safe transportation

Maintain Personal Security

  • Research your destination(s), including local laws, customs, and culture.
  • Monitor travel advisories and alerts from the US Department of State.
  • Carry contact information for the nearest US embassy or consulate.
  • Carry a photocopy of your passport and entry stamp; leave the actual passport securely in your hotel to avoid loss or theft
  • Follow all local laws and social customs.

Necessary Vaccinations

Make sure you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines before every trip. Some of these vaccines include

  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Flu (influenza)
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
  • Polio
  • Shingles

For the most up-to-date information on required vaccinations and other health requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.

Visas & documentation

All visitors must have a valid passport at time of entry with at least six months validity from the time of arrival. For visitors who stay less than 30 days, a visa may not be required.

Whether or not a foreign citizen needs a visa for the Philippines depends mainly on:

  • The country that issued the visitor’s passport
  • The traveler’s reason(s) for visiting the Philippines
  • The intended length of stay

You may want to do some research on which visa is right for your visit before you book your trip, as any trip over 30 days requires a visa.

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