Government AffairsQuarantine-free travel arrangement to begin for foreign vaccinated travellers starting 10 February.

Encouraged by "optimistic" domestic tourism, Philippines reopens to the world

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Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea among 157 destinations that can enter the Philippines on quarantine-free travel arrangements.
Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea among 157 destinations that can enter the Philippines on quarantine-free travel arrangements. Photo Credit: Department of Tourism, Philippines

Encouraged by a "generally optimistic" domestic tourism climate, the Philippines will be opening up to foreign travellers starting 10 February, who can also skip quarantine after showing proof of full vaccination.

Travellers will also need to show a negative result for Covid-19 test taken 48 hours prior to entry into the Philippines in order to skip quarantine on arrival.

The Philippines had planned to welcome tourists back on 1 December 2021, but that was postponed after the Omicron variant of the coronavirus emerged.

“The current tourism scenario is looking generally optimistic,” said Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat in a 15 January Manila Bulletin report, referencing the country's uptick in domestic travellers ever since tourism restarted September 2021.

"We are also aware that there is no room for complacency given the unpredictability of the virus. We will closely monitor the situation and ensure that health and safety protocols are strictly implemented in all tourism establishments,” added Puyat.

The Department of Tourism also highlighted the Philippines' active stance towards vaccinating tourism frontliners, where most regions already report more than 90% vaccination rates for their active and eligible tourism workers. Booster shots were also recently administered in the National Capital Region (NCR) and Boracay Island, followed next by Baguio City and Davao.

Officials who made the announcement on 28 January 2022 said the new quarantine-free travel arrangement is applicable to travellers from the 157 destinations which already enjoy visa-free entry to the Philippines prior to the pandemic.

These designations include Manila's top 10 markets, including Australia, Britain, Canada, Japan, US and South Korea.

However, India is noticeably out of the list, as are Covid-zero destinations China and Taiwan.

Unvaccinated travellers will be banned from entering starting 16 February.

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