OFWs returning back to the Philippines must follow these 16 steps

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The authorities in the Philippines have imposed a new set of steps for returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) starting February 1. As part of the new rules, returning OFWs will not undergo a PCR test upon arrival at the airport, they are, however, will be quarantined for five days and shall do a PCR test. 

READ: Are you an OFW returning to the Philippines? Here are the new rules starting Feb 1 

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in the Philippines has introduced the operational guidelines for the processing of arriving OFWs effective February: 

Step 1 – While abroad, register online thry https://c19.redcross.org.ph/arriving-passengers and secure your QR Code. 


Step 2 – Briefing on health and safety protocols upon arrival at NAIA by Philippine Coast Guard. Secure and fill-out OWWA Project Care Form. 

Step 3 – Proceed to Bureau of Immigration for clearance prior to retrieval of luggage. 

Step 4 – Proceed to OWWA arrival counter and submit the Project Care Form. For seafarers, proceed to MARINA Help Desk. 

Step 5 – For land-based OFWs, your accommodation will be provided, free-of-charge by OWWA. For sea-based OFWs, your Local Manning Agency (LMA) will arrange for your hotel accommodation/quarantine facility. Note that your date of arrival is Day 1. 

Step 6 – Board designated OWWA buses to your assigned quarantine facilities/hotels and observe strict quarantine procedure while thereat. 

Step 7 – On Day 6, Philippine Coast Guard will conduct the RT-PCR swab test at the hotel/quarantine facility. Continue observing strict quarantine procedures while waiting for results. 

Step 8 – Upon receipt of negative RT-PCR test results online, expect to receive Bureau of Quarantine Health Certificate indicating the actual number of days on quarantine. 

Step 9 – Wait for advice and prepare to leave the hotel using OWWA assigned buses. For sea-based OFWs, your LMA will arrange for your transportation to PITX or Terminal 2. 

Step 10 – For Luzon bound, proceed to PITX in Paranaque and for Visayas and Mindanao bound including Palawan proceed to NAIA PAL Terminal 2 for processing. 

Step 11 – Fill-out necessary forms and wait for check-in announcement. 

Step 12 – Proceed to the pre-departure area and wait for the boarding announcement. 

Step 13 – Upon arrival at the airport destination, report to RT-F/PTF/OWWA Station or LGU for accounting and instructions. 

Step 14 – RTF/PTF or LGU will provide free transportation to LGU of final destination. 

Step 15 – Complete the remainder of your quarantine (total of 14 days) at the city/municipal/barangay quarantine facility, or at home if permitted by your LGU. 

Step 16 – Once released from quarantine by LGU, continue to observe the minimum health standards like wearing of face mask, maintaining physical distance, and washing hands. Also, always keep your immune system high by having enough sleep, earring the correct food. 

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