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Do domestic helpers need to go into quarantine when they return to the Philippines?

Currently, international passengers arriving in the Philippines are required to go through a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. There are reduced quarantine periods of 7-days for eligible passengers from Hong Kong who are fully vaccinated. Those vaccinated in Hong Kong need to validate their vaccine online. Read more below.


What to expect

Before you fly

  1. If you received your vaccination in Hong Kong, you need to validate your vaccination. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said that fully vaccinated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will have to undergo validation if inoculated outside the Philippines. This can be done online here: 
  2. As early as 3 days prior to your departure, both land-based and sea-based OFWs must register and accomplish the Electronic Case Investigation Form and save the confirmation e-mail and QR code at  
  3. For land-based OFWs, create/update your account on the OFW Assistance Information System (OASIS) at
  4. Upon check-in, sign the Declaration and Waiver Form presented by our check-in agent, indicating that you are healthy and fit to travel.

During the flight

  1. Accomplish the Health Declaration Form, Bureau of Customs Form, and Arrival Card.

When you arrive

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

6. Undergo a temperature check, submit the Health Declaration Form upon deplaning, and proceed to the designated waiting area. Fill out the Project Care Slip.

7. Clear with immigration and submit the Arrival Card.

8. For land-based OFWs and your dependents, proceed to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Desk. Present the same QR code from the e-CIF and submit the OWWA Project Care Slip.

9. Claim your baggage

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


Passengers from Hong Kong to the Philippines

  1. If fully vaccinated: Hong Kong is on the “Green Countries” list and passengers from Hong Kong who are fully vaccinated can have a quarantine period of 7 days instead of the full 14 day period required. Fully vaccinated travelers in “green” countries must carry their official documentation of full vaccination validated through the POLO or present their ICVs, whichever is applicable. There will testing on day 5. See: Philippine News Agency (30 Jun 2021)
  2. All other passengers: must go through Mandatory quarantine for 14 days; The first 10 days are required to be in a hotel or quarantine facility. There will be testing on Day 7. Quarantine from Day 11 to 14 may be continued at home or in their hotels, provided they receive a negative RT-PCR test result on Day 7.
  3. The 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.

The information above was taken from the Philippine Airlines. Please check it for the most updated information: HERE

Take note that regulations will vary from region to region as set by Local Government Units, check their requirements: HERE

Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA)

Quarantine of returning OFWs are handled by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA). See their official Facebook page for Quarantine operations: HERE

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Last updated on July 8th, 2021