Philippines Gets Almost 10,000 International Arrivals This February

Tourism agency remains optimistic.

PHOTO BY Jerome Ascano

( Following almost two years of closing international borders, the Philippines started accepting fully vaccinated leisure travelers on February 10. And within just four days, inbound tourist arrivals from visa-free countries reached 9,923. This data from the Department of Tourism on February 14 also said that out of this number, 4,209 are balikbayans while 5,074 are foreign tourists.

U.S. tourists make up a huge part of inbound travelers with 2,227 arrivals. This is followed by 661 travelers from Canada, 404 from Australia, 344 from the United Kingdom, 189 from South Korea, 169 from Japan, and 168 from Germany.

“International travel and tourism saw an unprecedented decline in visitor arrivals amid the pandemic; the reopening of Philippines’ borders to visitors from visa-free countries will surely help in improving our numbers. We at the [Department of Tourism] are excited to see a revival in our local tourism and will continue to support our partners in achieving this goal," said Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat.


An influx of international arrivals is to be expected especially since tourists are no longer required to undergo quarantine. The tourism agency also highlighted that they have reached 93.09% of their nationwide target for fully vaccinated tourism workers as of February 11, indicating readiness for jumpstarting the industry.

Here are the travel requirements for tourist arrivals in the Philippines:

  • Passport valid for at least six months at the time of arrival
  • Outbound tickets to their country of origin or next country of destination.
  • Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (ex. Certificate of vaccination issued by the World Health Organization, VaxCertPH of the Department of Health, or a national or state digital certificate of a foreign government)
  • Negative RT-PCR test result taken within 48 hours prior to departure from country of origin

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