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Philippines to welcome vaccinated international tourists

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The Philippines will begin permitting fully-vaccinated international tourists from nations that do not require a visa to enter the country on February 10, 2022.

The statement was made by Philippine Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat on January 28, 2022, after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases approved the department’s proposal (IATF-EID).

The IATF-EID has declared that the nation classification system would be suspended on February 1, 2022. Fully vaccinated returning abroad Filipinos will no longer be needed to undergo quarantine as of the same day, as long as they can provide a negative result of an RT-PCR test done 48 hours before to departure from their point of origin.

After consultation with health experts and authorities, the tourism agency also announced that, from February 10, qualified travellers will no longer be needed to undergo quarantine if they can show a negative RT-PCR test taken 48 hours before to departure from their point of origin.

“We at the DOT are very thankful to our partners in the IATF-EID for approving our proposal to allow the entry of foreign leisure travelers.

The Department views this as a positive move that will help restore jobs, particularly in tourism-dependent towns, and reopen companies that were previously closed due to the epidemic,” Puyat said in a statement.

“With years of coordination between national agencies, industry stakeholders, and the various local government units (LGUs) to prepare our destinations for tourism in the new normal, we are confident that we will be able to keep pace with our ASEAN neighbors who have already made similar strides to reopen to foreign tourists,” Puyat added.

International tourists from visa-free nations will be allowed to enter the country if their passports are valid for at least six months at the time of arrival, according to IATF-EID standards.

Outbound tickets to the traveler’s country of origin or next destination are also required.

Tourists must additionally show proof of COVID-19 immunization, as defined by the IATF-EID.

These include World Health Organization (WHO) vaccination certificates, VaxCertPH from the Department of Health, and a national/state digital certificate from a foreign government that has recognized VaxCertPH as part of a reciprocal agreement.

 

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