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    Philippines to re-open to vaccinated foreign tourists
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    The Philippines will re-open to fully vaccinated tourists from most countries on February 10 and lift quarantine requirements, officials said Friday, nearly two years after closing its borders to contain the coronavirus.

    Tourism operators across the archipelago nation famed for its beaches and dive spots have been devastated by a plunge in international visitors and restrictions on domestic travel. Their misery was worsened by a super typhoon that smashed into the country in December, wiping out resorts, restaurants and bars in popular tourist destinations.

    "The tourism industry can now recover and it can contribute big to jobs, livelihoods and the country's economic growth,"
    presidential spokesman Karlo Nograles told a briefing.

    A previous plan to welcome back tourists from December 01.2021 was suspended after the emergence of the hyper-contagious Omicron variant that has since ripped through the Philippines. Friday's announcement allows for the resumption of visa-free travel for short visits by nationals from the 157 countries who already enjoyed permit-free entry to the Philippines before the pandemic began.

    Fully vaccinated tourists from 157 countries on the list will need to test negative for Covid-19 shortly before flying to the Philippines and will not have to quarantine on arrival.
    • The list excludes China, the Philippines' fastest-growing tourist market, as well as Taiwan and India.
    But it includes Manila's remaining top-10 tourism sources, such as the United States, South Korea, Japan, Australia, Canada, Germany and Britain.

    Health Undersecretary Rosario Vergeire said it made no sense to restrict international travellers when Covid-19 transmission rates in the Philippines were so high, "maybe even higher" than in some countries. "Based on those premises we recommended to ease restrictions," she said.

    Unvaccinated foreigners will be banned from entry from February 16. 2022 !!!

    Tourism is a major driver of the Southeast Asian country's economy, accounting for nearly 13 percent of gross domestic product in 2019, when more than eight million people visited, official data shows. That slumped to 5.4 percent in 2020 as tourist arrivals plummeted 82 percent to 1.48 million.

    The government tightened restrictions across the national capital region and other provinces in recent weeks as Omicron fuelled a record surge in infections.
    Around half of the country's 110 million people are fully vaccinated.

    The Philippines has recorded more than 3.4 million infections since the start of the pandemic, including over 53,000 deaths.

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      US CDC issues Level 4: Very High Risk travel advisory for the Philippines
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      Although the Philippines is set to reopen its doors to fully vaccinated international visitors this month, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention of the US is advising its citizens not to travel to the Southeast Asian country due to a “very high level” of Covid-19 infections.

      The CDC released a statement that those planning to go to the Philippines may still be at risk of infection with the virus even if their vaccinations are up to date and urged to be vaccinated properly. The Philippines is one of around 130 countries and territories with a “Level Four: Very High advisory by the CDC.

      Avoid travel to the Philippines. If you must travel to the Philippines, make sure you are vaccinated and up to date with your Covid-19 vaccines before travel.

      The previous advisory of a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for the Philippines has been amended on January 18. Back in April 2021, the CDC urged citizens not to travel to the Philippines.

      The Philippines is reopening to fully vaccinated travellers on February 10 after nearly two years of closed borders due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Travellers from 157 countries will be eligible to enter the Southeast Asian country without undergoing a quarantine period. They will just need to test negative for Covid-19 before arrival.

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          Philippines to lift most Covid restrictions in Manila from March 01.2022


          A spokesperson for Rodrigo Duterte, President of the Philippines, says most Covid-19 restrictions in the capital, Manila, will be lifted from tomorrow. According to an AFP report, it comes as government officials declare Manila’s vaccination rate to be 100%, although it’s much lower elsewhere in the country. Manila has also experienced a sharp decline in case numbers. The country just recently re-opened to vaccinated international travellers.

          The dropping of most Covid rules in Manila comes as the country gears up for its national elections on May 9. AFP reports that businesses, government agencies, and public transport will once again be allowed to operate at full capacity, with Manila moved to the lowest alert level from tomorrow. Face masks will still be mandatory in public, but will no longer be required while exercising or playing sport. The relaxation is also being extended to another 38 areas of the country. Businesses will no longer be required to carry out temperature checks prior to granting entry and contact-tracing will be dropped.

          Covid-19 infections in the Philippines peaked at 39,004 on January 15, due to the rapid spread of the highly-contagious Omicron variant. By comparison, they’ve averaged 1,421 over the past week. The move to lift most restrictions in the capital will be welcomed by the people of Manila, after lengthy lockdowns devastated the economy, with millions losing their jobs.

          The Philippines has reported over 3.6 million Covid-19 cases and over 56,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

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            New Update on Philippine Travel: Arrival Protocols, Requirements and Process

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                Travel Updates

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                  Philippines Travel Update: 08.04.2022

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                    Updated Travel Information from May 28.2022

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