Are you traveling to the Philippines? ALL inbound international travelers, including Filipino citizens and foreigners, adults and children, must obtain a eTravel QR Code online 72 HOURS or THREE DAYS before your arrival.
Just like the old One Health Pass and eArrival Card, this new eTravel QR system serves as an all-in-one online platform for arrival card, health declaration and contact tracing.
But don’t worry, it’s easy to get one. In this article, we’ll walk you through the process one step at a time. Here’s how.
WHAT IS COVERED IN THIS GUIDE?
The official site is https://etravel.gov.ph.
Make sure it is the legitimate website. Note that the eTravel QR code is FREE. If you landed on a website that asks you to pay for the service, it’s a scam.
On the home page, you will see the registration section. For Filipino citizens, click on the FILIPINO PASSPORT HOLDER box. Next, start entering the following details:
- Kind of transportation
- Arrival date
- E-mail address
Check the box DATA PRIVACY AND AFFIDAVIT OF UNDERTAKING. It’s easy to miss because the checkbox is quite small, but you’ll find it before the CONTINUE button.
When you check this, a page will appear. Read first, then click the YES I AGREE button.
Finally, press the CONTINUE button.
Enter the following details:
- Passport number
- Date of birth
- Native country
- Cell number
If the system has detected that you belong to the active (legal) age group, it will ask you to answer the OCCUPATION section. Choose your professional field. If you can’t find it in the choices, select OTHERS. When you’re done, click FOLLOWING.
You will be asked to provide your specific address down to the house number or unit number.
If you live in Metro Manila, choose National Capital Region or RNC.
Enter the following travel information:
- Arrival date
- Native country
- Reason for travel
- flight number
- Seat number (optional)
- Airline name
- Arrival airport
- Type of traveler (airline passenger or flight crew).
When you’re done, click FOLLOWING.
This includes your vaccination details. If you are fully immunized, answer NO for the section asking if you have a negative antigen test result. Next are the usual “Yes or No” questions about exposure history and whether you have been sick in the past 30 days. After answering all items, click ‘NEXT’.
Read the summary of all the details you provided. If you need to edit or correct something, just click on the pencil symbol in the upper right of the category you want to edit. If you are good and have nothing to correct, click SUBMIT.
Congratulations! You will instantly receive your QR Code.
Don’t forget to download or capture it! You will present it when you arrive in the Philippines.
- If your QR Code page is GREENthis means you meet the travel requirements and can go straight to the express lane where you will ask the BOQ officer to scan your QR code.
- If your QR Code page is RED, you must let the Quarantine Officer manually check the additional documents required to determine if you comply with the entry protocols established by the Philippine government. Travelers who typically get a QR code marked RED are the unvaccinated and the partially vaccinated. Again, check the entry guidelines set by the Philippine government first before traveling to the Philippines.
A QR Code is issued per transaction and per participation. You can only use it once and you need to register again and get a new QR code the next time you travel to the Philippines.
I want to change something after generating the QR code. How to correct it?
You can always change your information if you noticed a typing error or if you entered incorrect data. However, note that you can only do this BEFORE it is validated or verified by the BOQ officer when you arrive in the Philippines. Be sure to make your corrections before your flight to the Philippines.
To do this, simply go to the main page or the home page of eTravel, then click on the REGISTRATION UPDATE button. Provide your reference number or transaction number and your date of birth.
At what point in the airport process should I present the QR code?
From the team’s experience, we were asked to present our QR Codes at these stations:
- Check-in counter, before departure abroad (in the country of origin)
- Quarantine area office, after disembarkation and before immigration counters in the Philippines. Staff/officers will scan the QR code. It’s a very quick and smooth process if you have a green QR code.
Staff may also request it at the boarding gate (home country/overseas), so just have your copy ready during these times.
ATTENTION! Travel requirements change from time to time, so it’s best to check with the government of the country you wish to visit for updated travel restrictions and requirements before travelling. For updated entry requirements to the Philippines, you can check the official eTravel website: https://etravel.gov.ph/entry-guidelines.
Do I still need to get the One Health Pass and eArrival Card?
It’s not necessary. The eTravel officially replaced the now obsolete One Health Pass and eArrival Card from December 2, 2022.
To be honest, all of these systems are very similar. The changes aren’t too drastic. Some items have been removed, such as the Philhealth number, then some required items are now optional. The noticeable difference is not really the content but the look or the user interface.
Do I have to pay for the eTravel QR Code? How much does the charge cost?
No, you don’t have to pay anything for the eTravel QR code. It’s free. If you landed on a website that asks you to pay for the service, it’s a scam.
Is there a Tagalog version of this article?
Yes. Friend Ganito has a Tagalog video version on YouTube. you can find it here.