Philippines Confirms Tourism Opening Date

The Philippines government has announced that it will reopen its borders to tourists from low-risk countries on a trial basis from 1st December.

The trial will initially run for a 15-day period, which may be extended, and will only be available to fully vaccinated people.

Visitors must have passports valid for at least six months at the time of arrival, and with a return or outbound ticket to their country of origin or next country of destination, and should have been exclusively in “green” list countries, territories, or jurisdictions for 14 days prior to arrival. They will be allowed to transit via non-green list countries as long as they do not enter that country.

Travellers must have a negative PCR test result taken with 72 hours prior to departure to the Philippines but will not be required to undertake a test or any quarantine on arrival.

Accepted vaccines are:

  • World Health Organization’s International Certificates of Vaccination and Prophylaxis
  • VaxCertPH;
  • National or state digital certificate of the foreign government which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement unless otherwise permitted by the IATF.

It is not yet clear which countries will be designated low-risk, although earlier this week a “green list” of countries was issued. It seems likely that a new list will be issued however as countries currently experiencing cases of new variants of Covid-19, including South Africa, appeard on the green list. A number of countries, including the UK, have started to place restriction on these countries.

This is breaking news and we will issue further inforamtion once it is available.

Source: Philippines News Agency (PNA)

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