Fully vaccinated travelers planning to visit the Philippines will finally be allowed entry, primarily those from greenlist countries, the tourism department announced recently.
According to the DOT, the government has agreed with the decision “in principle” and has created a special technical working group to craft guidelines concerning travel.
Despite the country opening up its borders to international tourists, tourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat clarified that it would be strictly conditional, one of which was that it would only be limited to fully inoculated individuals.
The move, said Puyat, would positively impact the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth.
Meanwhile, required quarantine periods for Filipinos coming from yellow list countries has been shortened. From Nov. 22 onwards, returning overseas Filipinos are required to quarantine for only three days from the previous five days.
Under the new rules, fully vaccinated returning Filipinos who get tested 72 hours prior to departure need only stay in a hotel or quarantine facility for three days, with re-testing on the third day. Those without pre-departure testing would need to quarantine for at least six days, with Covid testing on the fifth day.
Unvaccinated persons would need to undergo facility-based quarantine and a Covid test on the seventh day, followed by home quarantine for another seven days.
Presidential advisor for entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion, a staunch advocate for the reduction of the mandated quarantine stay, welcomed the move.