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The Philippines Officially Reopening Borders For Tourism February 10

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The Philippines Finally Reopens

The Philippines is officially reopening for tourism from February 10th for citizens from 150 countries—including the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. The Southeast Asia nation had planned to reopen in December 2021, but the Omicron variant pushed things back. 

Tourism Secretary, Berna Romulo-Puyat, said in a statement: “(This) will contribute significantly to job restoration, primarily in tourism-dependent communities, and in the reopening of businesses that have earlier shut down,”

The Philippines is popular for its white-sand beaches, hospitality, and gorgeous island destinations. It’s another Asian destination—on top of Thailand, Indonesia, and Singapore—that’s gradually reopening for tourism. 

The New Entry Requirements 

The Philippines will reopen to citizens of 150 countries that have visa-free access. These include the following nations:

  • United Kingdom 
  • United States
  • Japan 
  • Australia 
  • Canada 
  • Italy 
  • Croatia 
  • France 
  • Germany 
  • Greece 
  • The Netherlands 
  • New Zealand 
  • South Africa 
  • The U.A.E
  • Thailand 
  • Switzerland 
  • Spain 
  • Portugal 
  • Norway 
  • Indonesia 

You can see the full list of nations allowed to enter the Philippines from February 10 here

The Philippines will remove quarantine for foreign tourists on February 10. However, travelers will need to be fully vaccinated and test negative for COVID-19. 

Full Breakdown Of The Entry Requirements:

  • Travelers—regardless of their vaccination status—will require a PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before departure. They will need to bring evidence of this test result. 
  • Fully vaccinated travelers won’t need to undergo any quarantine measures but must self-monitor symptoms for 7 days after arrival 
  • Children under 18 don’t need proof of vaccination
  • Filipino citizens who are fully vaccinated will no longer need to quarantine on arrival 

The Philippines is scrapping its traffic light system. For the previous year, the nation has implemented a traffic light system: green, yellow, and red. Green nations presented the lowest risk for COVID-19, and red nations provided the highest risk. 

Instead, The Philippines will move to a vaccination policy, whereby the authorities base arrival requirements on vaccination status—not the state of COVID-19 within the traveler’s home nation. 

With that said, The Philippines will maintain its ban on unvaccinated travelers. However, unvaccinated Filipinos can enter the country, but they must provide evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of departure and quarantine for 5 days in a facility. 

The COVID-19 Situation In The Philippines 

The current 7-day case average in The Philippines is 22,058. Still, this is a sharp decrease on the 7-day case average of 33,856 last week. Since the pandemic started, The Philippines has recorded 3.51 million cases and 53,801 deaths. The Philippines has fully vaccinated 52.9% of its entire population after administering 125 million doses. 

The COVID-19 Restrictions Within The Country 

This is where it gets tricky. The Philippines has different restrictions depending on where you go. In some provinces, traveling is problematic due to COVID-19 entry restrictions. With that said, popular tourism destinations—including Boracay—are making it easier to visit. 

What’s more, there are plenty of restrictions in Manila. For example, unvaccinated people cannot ride on public transport. If you intend to use public transport, bring proof of your full vaccination with you. 

Furthermore, community quarantine remains in place in many areas. The Philippines is vast; there are over 7,000 islands. As a result, many places are still incredibly restricted. If you’re heading to specific provinces or you’re looking to tour the nation, you’ll need to check restrictions ahead of time. Otherwise, you may end up very disappointed. 

Although the country is reopening, traveling within the nation is far from back to normal. You should prepare yourself accordingly. 

Final Thoughts 

Asian destinations—after two years of closure and strict entry restrictions—are reopening for tourism. Hopefully, as this year progresses, Asia opens for everyone reading this. 

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Faith

Thursday 3rd of February 2022

Please is Nigeria among those that are allowed to enter the the Philippines from 10th of February

Garrett

Monday 31st of January 2022

"regardless of their vaccination status" , I'd be very careful recommending folks to go here. The president literally threatened the unvaccinated with jail time and wanted them to die. Nice country, people speak English and nice beaches but the leader is insane and sold his soul to the NWO and he is unpredictable. Not a place I want to support.

Jen

Tuesday 22nd of February 2022

@Garrett, My blood starts boiling when see headlines like:"country x reopening " and then it's just for vaxxed! I don't understand...don't people look at their governments statistics? UK, NZ, Isreal, Europe, Ireland e.t.c all clearly show the vaxxed are in hospital, the vaxxed have omicron in the highest percentage! It's the easiest thing in the world. Look up ONE graph! And people still feel they are better when they are vaxxed. Not to forget the horrific side effects..

Obsidian

Monday 31st of January 2022

@Garrett, Astute comment, thank you. We support countries that support freedom.

Jim

Sunday 30th of January 2022

They only accept vaccination certs from 30 countries, which accept their own vaccination cert. Basically using the tourists as a political tool to get other gov's to accept their ph vaccination cert.

James

Saturday 29th of January 2022

Just prepare to pay for pcr testing and possibly quarantine if you travel domestically..

Al

Saturday 29th of January 2022

At least the PH is opening its borders. Some countries are still closed.