Starting 10 November 2020, air passengers will be required to follow the new departure procedures for International Travel. With the recent lifting of the ban on outbound travel for Filipinos, the departure procedures of airlines have been updated once again.
Philippine Airlines has recently published an infographic illustrating the step-by-step process. If you are planning to go on an international trip soon, here are the travel requirements and procedures you must follow on your departure if you’re flying with PAL.
Travel protocols and requirements have been continuously changing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so also check with the concerned government authority for updates.
WHAT'S COVERED IN THIS GUIDE?
1. Pre-register with the airline.
You must first accomplish the pre-registration form here: https://bit.ly/PALIntPPHD. This is step one of the 2-step registration process for passengers departing from the Philippines.
After submitting this form, you will be sent the following via email:
- a list of requirements of your destination
- a unique reference code
- the PAL Passenger Profile and Health Declaration form (PPHD form)
Save or print the unique reference code that will be sent to you. You might need to use it later on so don’t forget this step.
2. Fill out the PAL Passenger Profile and Health Declaration form (PPHD).
You should do this as early as 5 DAYS before departure.
- Passengers bound for US, Canada, and Australia are not required to register online in compliance with international regulations, but they must fill out mandatory forms upon check-in at the airport.
- Passengers bound for Singapore are required to fill out necessary forms upon check-in at the airport in addition to the online registration.
3. Complete the requirements.
The requirements below are applicable for all outbound Filipino travelers except OFWs and students enrolled abroad or exchange program participants.
- Valid Philippine passport
- Confirmed roundtrip tickets
- Travel and health insurance
- Accomplished PAL Passenger Profile and Health Declaration Form (PPHD Form). You can find it here.
- Signed Bureau of Immigration Declaration Form. Available upon check-in and on PAL website.
In addition, some countries may have additional requirements such as:
- Valid visa (if applicable)
- Travel and health documents (if required by destination country)
- Negative COVID-19 Test Result (if required by destination country)
Note that these are just the requirements for leaving the Philippines. Your destination country most probably has additional ARRIVAL rules and restrictions that you must follow. These entry requirements vary per country. For example, some countries may require a negative COVID-19 test result prior to departure but some don’t.
If you’re flying with PAL, you may check the requirements here! On that page, scroll down to the bottom and you’ll find a menu. Click those that apply to you and they’ll reveal a list of requirements per destination and passenger classification.
It is also important to note that NOT ALL countries accept travelers from the Philippines. It’s best to contact the authorities in your destination directly to make sure and get their updated policies.
4. Undergo a COVID-19 testing, if required by your destination country.
You can get discounted rates and quicker release of results with PAL’s accredited testing partners. You can find the list here: PAL-accredited testing partners!
Starting November 11, 2020, you may also get your RT-PCR test done at the PAL Testing Facility located at Philippine Airlines Learning Center in partnership with Detoxicare Molecular Diagnostics laboratory, a DOH accredited facility.
Testing is available for walk-ins and drive-thru and results can be released within 24 hours. An ID, PAL ticket, and QR code from your registration to the PAL PPHD is required upon entering the facility.
5. On departure date, proceed to the airport.
Arrive at the airport at least 4 hours before the scheduled time of departure. The extra time is due to the additional protocol for COVID-19 done at the airport.
In addition, the government also requires airport passengers to download the TRAZE app, a contact-tracing mobile application. More info about that here: HOW TO USE TRAZE APP!
6. Follow safety procedures at all times.
- Wear a face mask and a face shield at all times inside the airport and during the flight. The face shield must be of clear and sturdy and must cover the entire face.
- Have your temperature checked at designated spots.
- Use foot baths and disinfection facilities at designated stations.
- Observe physical distancing at all times. Minimum contact must be ensured during all procedures from check-in, boarding, in-flight, disembarking, to retrieving of check-in baggage.
7. Check in and clear Immigration and Security checks.
Check in to your flight as usual. The check-in staff will check your requirements.
If you don’t have an Immigration Declaration Form yet, you may get one from the check-in counters too.
Other Useful Articles
- List of DOH-Accredited Hotels in Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna and Batangas
- List of DOH-Accredited Hotels in Cebu
- List of DOT-Accredited Hotels in BORACAY and KALIBO
- New ARRIVAL Guidelines for International Passengers in Manila
- New DEPARTURE Guidelines for Domestic Passengers in Manila
- Philippine Airlines New Travel Guidelines at Airport & Inside the Airplane
- Cebu Pacific New Travel Guidelines