Published on : Friday, November 19, 2021
The Philippines is looking to open its borders to fully vaccinated tourists coming from “green list” countries “soon,” the country’s Department of Tourism announced on Friday, November 19.
Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat said in a statement said that allowing tourists from green countries or territories that have the majority of its population vaccinated and with low infection rate, will greatly help in our recovery efforts — increasing tourist arrivals and receipts among others.
This move will likewise aid in bolstering consumer confidence, which is a large contributor to our gross domestic product or GDP growth, Romulo- Puyat added.
Only tourists who have received vaccines recognized by the Philippines Food and Drug Administration or authorized by the World Health Organization will be allowed entry into the country.
A Special Technical Working Group on Travel is currently finalizing the guidelines for approval from the country’s Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.
There are currently 44 countries and territories on the Philippines coronavirus “green list,” including China, Japan and India; however, the United States is not on the list.
Tourism contributed 17.8% of the Philippines’ GDP in 2018, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority. The majority of those tourists came from around Asia, with South Korea leading the pack. The tourism to the Philippines fell more than 80% due to the pandemic.