Philippines Soon to Welcome Back Vaccinated Tourists

As long as they're from countries classified as "low-risk."

Boracay Island in Aklan is popular among foreign tourists.
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( Following the reopening of borders by our Asian neighbors—such as Thailand and Vietnam—the Philippines is also gearing up to welcome back fully vaccinated tourists. Department of Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo- Puyat announced today, November 19, that the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases approved their proposal to allow non-essential entry of fully vaccinated foreigners from Green-listed countries.


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What Fully Vaccinated Tourists Should Know:

Final guidelines have yet to be released, but the tourism agency has stated "only fully vaccinated individuals with vaccines recognized by the country’s Food and Drug Administration under an Emergency Use Authorization or those authorized by the World Health Organization will be allowed entry to the country." They should also come from low-risk countries as classified by the Department of Health every two weeks.

"Allowing tourists from green countries or territories that have the majority of its population vaccinated and with low infection rate will greatly help in our recovery efforts—increasing tourist arrivals and receipts among others. This move will likewise aid in bolstering consumer confidence, which is a large contributor to our gross domestic product or GDP growth," Puyat said.

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The Department of Tourism is also working on vaccinated travel lanes or bubbles, where tourists from yellow-listed countries may also enter the country under strict conditions.


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