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Documents You Need to Have to Travel or Go Home during GCQ/ECQ

By Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor June 15th, 2020 Posted in Guide for Filipinos, Philippines Travel Blog, Travel Blog 86 Comments

Do you want to go back home or go to work? Well, you will need to submit documents so that you can board the vessels or planes and cross borders. Here’s an article that tells you the documents you need to have to travel or go home during this GCQ or ECQ (Community Quarantine.)

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Essential travel is already allowed; these include returning OFWs, those who are stranded, or if you are an authorized person outside of residence but are considered an essential worker. Leisure travel or traveling for tourism or relaxing is not yet allowed.

Locally Stranded Individuals

If you are stranded in the place you are in, e.g., you are in Manila but want to go home to the province of Leyte, then you can board a plane or a boat. The following documents are needed:

  • Medical Clearance Certificate – City or Municipality Health Office
  • Travel Authorization by PNP

Overseas Filipino Worker

For those Returning Overseas Filipinos who want to go home, these documents are needed:

  • Bureau of Quarantine Certificate
  • Passport – with arrival Stamp
  • ID – showing your proof of residence

Authorized Person Outside Residence

These are the people working in the sectors which are considered essential services like Medical (Doctors, Nurses, Health workers, etc.), Security, Banks, Supermarkets, Pharmacy, etc.

If you need to cross borders or go home, here are the documents you will need:

  • Certificate of Employment or Company ID
  • Medical Clearance Certificate – City or Municipality Health Office
  • Travel Authorization by PNP (not anymore needed as Per June 1, 2020)
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How to get a Medical Clearance Certificate

This is based on my experience when I got a Health Certificate at the Rural Health Unit in our municipality. I needed to go out of town (Palompon) and off to the nearest city (Ormoc). We crossed 3 borders (Matag-ob,  Kananga, and Ormoc), where we were asked to show our documents and write in their Health Declaration form.

The process may be similar to that of your town. For big cities, please inquire at your Barangay as they may also issue Health Certificates.

STEP 1: Proceed to the nearest City or Municipality Health Office or an agency designated by them where you can get a Medical Clearance Certificate.

STEP 2: Get a number and wait for your turn. (In our town, only 100 people are served daily).

STEP 3: During your turn, the medical officer will take your temperature. Then you will be asked where you will go, what purpose, and the date of your travel. Your name and contact details will also be written.

STEP 4: Your data will be encoded in their system.

STEP 5: Receive your Medical Clearance Certificate. Usually, this will be only good for 1 or 2 days, but some can get it for a week.

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How to get a Travel Authorization by PNP

STEP 1: Go to the nearest PNP Station in your area.

STEP 2: Present your Medical Clearance Certificate.

STEP 3: The PNP Office will need to inform the LGU of your destination that a person is coming there.

STEP 4: Feedback or advice will be given by your LGU of destination. If it is a “GO,” you will be issued a travel authorization.

STEP 5: Get your Travel Authority from PNP.

I think this is to prepare the Local Government that an LSI or OFW is coming back to the town. Usually, those who come back are monitored and are quarantined in a facility.

How to get a Bureau of Quarantine Certificate

This is what returning OFWs will need to pass to go back home. You could get it online.

STEP 1: Prepare a soft copy of your passport.

STEP 2: Go to this website.

Documents You Need to Pass to Travel during GCQ ECQ

STEP 3: Enter the details needed. Upload also the picture of your passport.

STEP 4: Review and Click Submit.

STEP 5: Receive an e-mail of your Bureau of Quarantine Certificate. You can download and print it.

You can also verify your certificate through this part of the website.

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That’s it! Those are the Documents You Need to Pass to Travel or Go Home during GCQ/ECQ. It’s pretty hassling, I know, but this is to ensure everyone’s safety. It can be beneficial for contact tracing and also discipline people as some want to travel just for leisure. I hope this is helpful, especially if you want to go home. Good Luck and Stay Safe!

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About the Writer

Lyza Paloma

Hey, I’m Lyza! I once was a person who just imagined going to places “one day” but decided to pursue my dreams. My first travel abroad was in Japan, solo, last 2018, and fell in love with the journey since. I’m aiming to visit 10 countries before turning 30 and 2 new places in the Philippines every year. Besides traveling, I love organizing trips, photography, reading, and making new friends. Follow my adventures through my Instagram.​

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86 thoughts on “Documents You Need to Have to Travel or Go Home during GCQ/ECQ

  1. I am a US citizen. I want to go home on May2, what do I need? I have a US passport. I want to fly from Davao to Manila to San Francisco. I am flying on Philippine Airlines all the way.

  2. Hello po ask ko lang po kailangan poba ang ID pag kukuha ng travel pass? Wala po kase akong ID Eh gusto ko napo umuwi sa probinsya nmn

  3. Hi I am jo Ann i am filipino and I want to go home together with my 2 yrs old son. Flight will be originally in Serbian a European country to manila then province Misamis Occidental. I would like to have a connection flight from manila to Misamis occidental would be that be possible ? What would be the possible requirements?

    1. Hello, please check with the airlines if there are available flights and your LGU as we don’t have a list of requirements per municipality.

  4. hi going to ilocos norte from quezon city,
    swabbing, medical certificate and travel authority will be applied 1 day before umalis? by land po kmi using private car.
    please let me know the proper guide/s or steps to apply para po walang aberya.

  5. Pano po makakuha ng medical claerance pra skin at s anak k.Pquwipo kse kmi ng mindanao pano po kmi mabigayan ng clearance slamat po..Taga Brgy Singkamas po ako slamat po god bless po.

  6. Hi, I am a non-ofw and I am returning to the Philippines next week. If after my swab test results came out and I want to go back in my hometown in the province. Where must I get a travel pass to be able to travel going to my hometown?

  7. Holle po. Ask lang po kung ano po requirements Pauwi ng mindanao. Andito po ako sa Manila ngayun. Salamat po.

  8. Hi!
    Do you have any idea what are the documents needed if wanted to travel by Sea. From Manila to Cebu?
    And if you have any idea what requirements are needed if travelling with a pet (dog).

  9. Hello po, meron po bang help desk ng PNP sa airport na pwedeng makakuha ng travel pass/authority? in case po na alanganin ang processing? Thank you.

  10. Good morning asked lang po if kukuha ako ng med. Certificate hindi ko po kasi alam exact amount magkano po ba nung sa inyo at gaano po katagal ang process nun? Thank you po

  11. Good morning, ang cousin a naturalised US citizen and doctor of medicine. She wanted to visit her mother in Manila . What are the documents neededneeded.

    1. Contact the DFA po, they’ll probably need swab tests, visas, hotel bookings (for quarantine) etc. to be able to enter the country.

    2. Hello mam.. babalik po aq sa uae bila g dh sa dati q amo ano po ang need q requirements para mkabyahe ng dubai..

  12. Gud evening Po I’m ana ask k lng Po gusto Po umwi Ng asawa ko s isabela at ung ninang ko Po mam ay s Antipolo paano Po ang ggwain nila at ska pwede n Po b Ang angkas paano Po Ang pgkuha Ng travel pass salamat po

    1. Ano po ang kailangan ilagay ng mga police s travel pass kung maghahatid lang s la union at babalik din agad s manila. ?

  13. Good day! What documents should i bring if i will only drive my brother to the airport? Where travelling from Nueva Ecija going to NAIA Airport.

  14. Hi Lyza,
    I’m want to go home I mean
    To Leyte . But i am student .im working here in manila as a nanny .Do I need to get all of this requirements so that I can travel to Leyte?

  15. Hi Lyza, I am planning to go back to Manila for work, what are the requirements? Is it still the same? I do have my COE and my company ID as well.

    1. Usually for APOR that’s okay, but you’ll need to double check with the LGU if you need Medical Certificate, quarantine or PCR-Test.

  16. Hi Lyza,

    Same lang din ba ang procedure kung uuwi na kami sa province via RoRo gamit sarili naming sasakyan. Dito kami sa QC going to IloIlo.

    1. Yes po, you’ll need a Health Certificate and a Travel Authority and a probably an approval or communication from receiving LGU as you may undergo some protocols like quarantine, etc.

  17. Ma’am Kung bale Hindi naman LSI or OFW pero uuwi na. what requirements po? Bale from butuan po papunta ilocos pero need mag stopover sa manila.

  18. Hi Lyza,
    ME and my mom will planning to go back to Philippines from Haiti,what documents we need to bring?

  19. needed pa po ba ng I.D. when u get the brgy.and med.certificate?and also travel authority??mai expiration po ba ito?

  20. I have a friend she is currently in Iloilo but she wants to come back here in Manila accompanied with her baby; her sister and her children. Does the children requires any travel documents? Are they allowed to travel way back here in Manila?

    1. If you are a foreigner sir, then you may need a ticket back to your country. It’s better to contact your embassy for protocols and documents needed. Usually, this is for returning Filipinos.

    2. hi lyza, im from ormoc and im planning to go to mnl to work what are the documents i need to secure for boarding?

  21. If going to other country for work what requirements needed coz now still have gcq at mactan cebu airport?do I need to get quarantine or do ask certificate from municipality of province?

    1. Usually, you will have to coordinate with your agency as they will help with your documents and protocol.


    1. Aside from the documents in Pasig, please also coordinate with the Surigao LGU for their process in receiving you.

    2. Hello, ofw po ako mam meron na po ako swab test result at negative po…pero hindi pa po ako mka uwi sa amin kasi lockdown pa.pero meron naman special trip ang pal this coming week..ano pa po ba ang mga dapat kong e prepare na mga requirements para tuloy na tuloy ang uwi ko sa bacolod.pls reply thank you

  23. Dear Lyza,
    Thank you very much for very helpful explanation of the process. I haven’t seen anything like this from single government office. Please, once Travel Authority is issued, how long is it valid for?

    1. You can get the forms at the government offices. Usually, the travel authority is good only for a few days.

  24. Ma eexpire po ba yung travel authority or med cert in case ma move yung flight po?
    Sa manila din po, dapat paba pumunta sa brgy bago kumuha ng med cert?

    1. I’m not really sure with the procedures, pero if matagalan baka kailangan ulit. Yung bagong procedure po sa amin, you’ll need Brgy. Certificate before getting medical certificate sa Rural Health Unit. Pero kukunin mo yan sa place you are currently staying at, hindi sa pupuntahan mo.

  25. Paano po Kung walang ID? Katulong Lang po dito sa lapu lapu Cebu pero gusto Kung umuwi sa amin sa ormoc.

  26. Hi Lyza,
    Im planning to travel from Gensan to Manila this August for embassy transaction, ang mga documents needed ko lang ba are medical certificate, authority to travel or APOR certificate since 3 days lang ako dyan sa Manila tapos balik agad dito sa Gensan?
    Or may mga ibang documents pa ako ma dapat isecure para makatravel to Manila?

    1. You’ll need to check with the guidelines sa LGU ninyo (what to do when you come back there) and sa Manila (if they will accept you).

  27. “STEP 5: Receive your Medical Clearance Certificate. Usually, this will be only good for 1 or 2 days, but some can get it for a week.”

    What does this mean? Kailangan magbook kaagad ng flight within 1 to 2 days before the certificate expires? Or did you mean the waiting time before you get the certificate?

    Thanks for sharing all this useful info!

    1. You’ll have to have a specific date when to go po, like if your flight is on August 1, then you’ll go to the RHU and tell them you’re flying on that date. You’ll get the Medical Clearance Certifcate on the day.

  28. Asan na po yung sample photo ng PNP authorization? Para naman may idea kamj kung ano ibibigay samen. Thanks. You

  29. Good day. I am roselyn yung asawa ko po pabalik sa country nila. Need pa po ba ng travel pass

  30. Flight po namin is on aug 18.
    papunta po kaming davao ..
    kelangan po ba swab test?
    tapos meron po ba swab test sa airport? and how much po kaya?

  31. Hi good day! I am currently working and staying at Laguna and i wanted to go back to my province at Nueva Vizcaya and i will be using private car. Sa friend ko po ang car magpapahatid lang ako tapos may mga gamit akong dala tentatively 4 kami sa sasakyan(van ang gagamitin) siya na driver tapos friend na 2 at ako, kapalitan nea sa pag dradrive pag pagod na sea since 12 hours drive hanggang doon samin. Anu pobg requirements need namin para di maharang sa mga check points at di din sila mahaharang pauwi ng laguna? Please answer my question. Godbles! Thank you !Stay safe!

  32. Hi. I wonder if i can travel to bukidnon via manila-cdo-bukidnon? My partner is living there with his family. Is it possible for me to go there? Thanks?

  33. Hi, pag galing po ng province tapos babalik ng Manila para sa Work, kailangan pa po ba ng Travel Pass o sapat na ung COE , Company ID at Health crrtificate?

  34. helo po..ask lang po ako kung needed parin ba ang id kung meron ng mdcal ang travel authority sa mga checkpoint..kasi naiwan ko yong id ko pagpunta dito sa cebu..nandito pa ako sa cebu noong march pa until now..

    1. Kailangan po ng identification sa pag-kuha ng travel authority at medical certificate – picture nalang plus i.print mo. Coordinate po with the Barangay you are at para alam mo if pano ka uuwi then contact your LGU din para alam mo protocols (e.g., ilang days ka i.quarantine, test results, etc.)

  35. I need to travel to manila from cebu city for embassy purpose working permit application visa and then fly to malaysia can i apply for a travel authority pass ?

    1. You need to ask authorities there as Cebu is still in MECQ and ask the Embassy protocols of the Embassy and if they can accept you (especially since you are from Cebu)

  36. Hello.. 23yrs old na po ako. Nag.move ako from cebu to pangasinan nung 2017, and now namatay mother ko so kelangan ko bumalik sa cebu po pra maalagaan mga kapatid ko. ano po kaya necessary na kukunin kong requirements? same process po ba sa LSI’s?

  37. Hello po nandto po ako sa ilocos sur , pero nagwowork po ako sa isang grocery sa angono, rizal po.. 24 years old na po ako … pwede po ba akong makabalik na? Sapat na po ba yon travel pass at medical certificate?

    1. Mas better po if you have a certificate from your employer na.nag.sasabing pinapabalik ka na nila for work.

  38. Hi po, 18 years old po ako at gusto ko na umuwi sa Bicutan, Taguig. Nandito ako ngayon sa Rodriguez Rizal. Na-stranded po ako dito noong march, bahay po kasi ng classmate ko noon at pumunta kami dito para maki-birthday at nag-stay ako ng ilang araw tapos naabutan ako ng ECQ. Gusto ko na po umuwi kasi nagiging pabigat na po ako dito, kung makakakuha po ba ako ng medical clearance at travel authority, pwede na akong maka-uwi?

        1. Maybe let your relative asks for the protocols sa LGU nyo po (with the IATF committee there) baka kailangan kang i-quarantine or i-monitor.

    1. Sir can I know about foreign students want to go back their country… What are documents required to leave this country…

      1. Hello, you can coordinate with your Embassy as foreigners may have different requirements.

    1. Usually, di pwede kumuha ng online medical clearance. Kailangan mong pumunta sa doctor or health center as they need to check your temperature, etc.

  39. Hi Lyza, do you know if they provide travel authorization if you are on a balikbayan visa? I don’t have my dual citizenship yet but am living here in the Philippines on a balikbayan visa since my mother is from here. I am based in Mindoro but have been stuck in Manila ever since the lockdown started. I have an opportunity to travel back to Mindoro by the end of this month but not sure how it will work for someone without a filipino passport.

    1. If that’s where you live (you have relatives or a house there), you can go back. You can ask a relative or someone you know for the requirements needed by the LGU or municipality at least when you are asked by the PNP, your prepared.

  40. Hi we are from Las Piñas. We four (family) are planning to go to Batangas for a beach trip. Where can we get a travel pass to our local baranggay? All of us are healthy and do work at home since the day one of lockdown and we never go out since then only if we need to buy basic necessities.


    1. You can ask your barangay for a health certificate but i doubt they will give you one due to a beach trip as leisure travel is not yet allowed.

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