The US State Department last week issued a travel advisory discouraging American citizens from visiting the Philippines anytime soon.
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued Level 4 Travel Health Notice for the Philippines due to Covid19, indicating a very high level of Covid19 in the country,” it read. “There are restrictions in place affecting US citizen entry into the Philippines.
Washington guidelines state that a Level 4 notice means “Do not travel”, Level 3 means “Reconsider travel”, Level 2 means “Exercise increased caution” and Level 1 means “Exercise normal precautions.”
The CDC meanwhile, also released their Traveler’s Health notice which urged travelers to postpone their journey to the country.
“Because of the current situation in the Philippines, even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading Covid19 variants and should avoid all travel to the Philippines,” they said.
For travelers wishing to enter the United States, passengers 2 years old and older must present a negative Covid19 test result three calendar days before their flight while coronavirus survivors must show documentation from a licensed healthcare provider stating that they have recovered 90 days prior to travel.
Currently, only certain foreign nationals are excluded from the travel ban, among them diplomats, those involved in humanitarian or medical missions and foreign seafarers in the Green Lane program.
Foreigners on leisure trips are still not allowed.
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