The Philippines is preparing to welcome back foreign travelers

Published on : Monday, November 8, 2021

The Philippines is preparing to welcome back foreign travelers to its pristine beaches, thus innovating “new normal” tourist attractions, amid the country’s declining Covid-19 cases and ongoing vaccination drive.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) recently unveiled its “More Fun Awaits” campaign which highlights new tourism products and packages, aiming to endure the Philippines’ appeal as a tourist destination amidst the pandemic.

Like other countries, the Philippines shut down its borders to foreign tourists with the corona virus starting to spread early last year.

Except for select foreign nationals granted special visas, the Philippines still excludes foreign tourists as part of the border measures for restricting transmission.

Majority of the country’s tourism workers are inoculated; hence, the Philippines now looks forward reopen for international visitors once again, vowing that it is “more than ready to provide visitors a safe and pleasant experience.”

As per the DOT, fully vaccinated tourists will be welcome and taken straight to the tourist destinations without requiring hotel quarantine.

“That is why we prioritized the vaccinations of tourism workers so we can start accepting domestic tourists and eventually foreign tourists,” said Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat.

In the world-famous Boracay Island in the central Philippines, 91.09 percent of tourism workers and 62.78 percent of the island residents are fully vaccinated so far.

Famous for powdery white sand, shallow azure water, and spectacular sunsets, Boracay is a preferred destination for international tourists.

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