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Philippines Reopening – LATEST UPDATES
September 13 – The Philippines lifted travel restrictions for other 10 countries including the UAE
Last week, Duterte’s government decided to lift travel restrictions on visitors from the UAE, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Oman, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.
The country remains closed for tourism. This step on Vietnam’s international reopening process only includes some categories of travelers.
For now, only Filipino citizens, foreign spouses, and parents or children of Filipino citizens, diplomats and foreign nationals with valid visas are permitted entry.
July 22 – The Philippines might enforce new additional restrictions this week
The Philippines has garnered a reputation for having one of the toughest and longest lockdowns in the world.
Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez said that he will not recommend enforcing any more restrictions at the government’s pandemic task force meeting this week due to concerns related to the economy.
However, President Rodrigo Duterte said it could be necessary “to reimpose stricter measures” as Delta cases rise and according to Lopez, Duterte has the final say.
July 2 – Philippines to allow fully vaccinated visitors from 57 countries from July 1.
First and foremost, the Philippines is not open for tourism just yet. However, this is a major change in the country’s rather strict entry requirements.
Until June 30, only people who were vaccinated – in the Philippines – could visit. Now returning nationals and those visiting for compelling reasons from 57 low- risk countries are also allowed with a reduced 7-day quarantine.
“To those who received full vaccination outside the Philippines, you need to bring the official documents stating you were already vaccinated,” said Harry Roque in an online press conference on Tuesday.
June 4 – The Philippines Bureau of Immigration supports the new reopening proposal
The Philippines has been closed to international tourists and even to their own nationals for most of the pandemic.
But enough is enough. At least, this is what several government sectors have expressed over the last month.
Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat recently asked the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) to allow the setting up of “green lanes” to permit fully vaccinated foreing visitors to come back and consequently, being able to reemploy thousands of jobless Filipinos.
Fortunately, she is not alone in her claims. The Philippines Bureau of Immigration (BI) has already backed her up.
“The bureau supports this initiative by the Department of Tourism (DOT) as it will not only resuscitate our tourism industry, but also generate employment for millions of Filipinos who lost their jobs due to the pandemic,” […] “opening the country’s borders to international leisure travelers will also hasten the revival of the commercial aviation and shipping industries severely affected by the pandemic,” said BI Commissioner Jaime Morente in a statement.
May 20 – Lapu-Lapu City in the Philippines has reopened for domestic tourism and returning residents
It’s confirmed. After 6 months of a severe lockdown, Lapu-Lapu city, home to the second busiest airport in the Philippines has reopened its posh resorts and the rest of tourist spots for domestic tourism. The Kawasan Falls in Badian town and resorts in Malapascua, Sumilon and Bantayan, are now open to local visitors and returning residents who had been banned from entering the country some weeks ago.
Cebu police director Col. Engelbert Soriano sent policemen to ensure all health protocols are observed.
As of yet, the country continues to be closed for international tourism. However, Mayor Junard Chan is reportedly lobbying to make it possible to also reopen it to international visitors.
Chan cited Resolution 113 of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, which states foreigners can enter the country by providing they have a valid visa and pre-booked accommodation for at least seven nights in an accredited hotel or facility.