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All the Travel Requirements You Need for Your Next Local Trip

From QR codes to swab tests.
All the Travel Requirements You Need for Your Next Local Trip
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From QR codes to swab tests.

More local tourist spots are reopening to visitors as COVID-19 cases go down. In line with public health and safety standards, travelers are required to submit documents that indicate their COVID-19 and vaccination status.

Each local government unit will be different, so what you submit for Boracay may be entirely different from what you submit for Cebu. Local officials may also change guidelines depending on how the COVID situation develops in their respective areas.

Here’s a list of things you may need for domestic travel:


TRAZE is a government-sanctioned contact-tracing app used in airports and seaports nationwide. Travelers must download the app and create an account for a QR code prior to flying out. Those without mobile phones or gadgets will be redirected to helpdesks and assisted to get their own unique QR code.

The QR code will be scanned at designated areas in the airport. If a COVID-positive patient is identified, the app will notify other individuals who may have had contact with the patient so they can self-isolate immediately and adhere to other safety protocols.



Select domestic destinations may require the S-Pass. Registration can be done online adn you can check the website for a list of covered areas and restrictions ahead of your travel.


VaxCertPH is the digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate of the Philippines that can be used in place of physical vaccine cards as proof of immunization.

Fully vaccinated Filipinos can get their VaxCertPH online via the government portal or request for the document from their local government unit 48 hours after the second dose.

Those who got their vaccination certificate before Feb. 7 must generate a new one as previously generated certificates will become outdated and unreadable following a system update, the Department of Health said.

Swab test

Some destinations may require a negative RT-PCR result, considered to be the gold standard in COVID-19 testing. Prices may range from P2,500 up to P5,000 pesos and will take at least 24 hours for results.

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The following cities and hospitals are offering swab tests below P3,000:

  • Manila
  • Pasig City
  • Chinese General Hospital
  • Marikina City
  • Research Institute for Tropical Medicine
  • Philippine Children’s Medical Center
  • Muntinlupa City
  • Quezon City

Be prepared to wait online and in-person as slots may be limited to accommodate social distancing measures.

For contact numbers and appointment booking, check our full guide for RT-PCR and antigen tests below P3,000 in Metro Manila.

Face masks are required nationwide, with face shields required only in Alert Level 4 and 5 areas. Use of face shield in reas under Alert Level 3 is subject to the discretion of the LGU.

* This story originally appeared on Reportr.worldMinor edits have been made by the editors.

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