Published on : Thursday, November 25, 2021
The Philippines kept its borders shut since the beginning of the pandemic, but the country’s tourism department recently announced that it will shortlywelcome back vaccinated tourists from green-list countries.
Currently, there are 44 countries and territories on the Philippines “green list” –
American Samoa, Bhutan, Chad, Mainland China Comoros, Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Federated States of Micronesia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region of China), India, Indonesia, Japan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, Mali, Marshall Islands, Montserrat, Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Northern Mariana Islands, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Paraguay, Rwanda, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sint Eustatius, South Africa, Sudan, Taiwan, Togo, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Tourists from these countries will have to be vaccinated with vaccines recognized by the Philippines Food and Drug Administration or authorized by the World Health Organization to enter the Philippines.
Tourism Secretary BernaPuyat said that the government’s Covid-19 taskforce has “approved in principle” the department’s request to grant entry vaccinated travelers from countries with a low infection rates.
However, no specific date for reopening has been set as of now.
Tourism is a major part of the Philippines economy, accounting for almost 13 percent of GDP in 2019. However, since the pandemic, numbers have declined tomore than 80%, making tour operators struggle.