Testing for Traveling in the New Normal

Updated: Jul 4

Since the peak of the Omicron virus in the Philippines around late January until the end of February 2022, more areas in the country have been placed and maintained under the lowest alert level 1. This finally gave society as a whole a chance to breathe and relax—literally—because people from different age groups are now allowed to go out and do the things that they normally would before the pandemic such as al fresco dining, hanging out with friends and family, etc., all while observing proper health precautions, of course.

With lockdowns and quarantine periods lifted, traveling whether locally or internationally immediately became the most common purpose for testing. If you’re planning to visit these top 5 countries in the following list, make sure you get to submit the testing requirements specified under each country as they are in accordance with their respective COVID-19 protocols.

1. Japan

  • Negative RT-PCR test results valid within 72 hours prior to departure

  • Certificate of inspection or Certificate of Testing for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to departure

If the passenger is unable to submit the certificate, they will not be allowed to enter Japan based on Quarantine Law

2. South Korea

  • Negative rapid antigen test result from any DOH-accredited laboratories taken and with results issued within 24 hours prior to departure; or

  • Negative RT-PCR test results from any DOH-accredited laboratories valid within 48 hours prior to departure

Korean passport holders who have recently recovered from COVID-19 but still test positive in the RT-PCR test may be allowed to board by presenting the following:

  • Korean passport

  • Valid medical certificate with the date of confirmation of COVID-19 (must be within 10-40 days prior to departure) issued by authorized medical or quarantine authorities

Effective June 08, 2022, overseas entrants to the Republic of Korea, regardless of vaccination history, are exempted from undergoing mandatory quarantine

3. New Zealand

  • Negative RT-PCR test results valid within 72 hours prior to departure

4. Canada

  • Recognized Proof of Vaccination

  • Negative RT-PCR test results conducted within 72 hours before the initial scheduled time of departure

Travelers that fit the description below are no longer required to present a negative COVID-19 test result:

  • Unvaccinated children from ages 5 to 11 that are accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent or guardian