The Philippines reopens its doors to tourism in 44 countries
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The Philippines has closed its borders since the start of the pandemic, but the country’s tourism department recently announced that it will welcome vaccinated tourists from greenlist countries again soon.
This article will take a look at what we know about the reopening of the Philippines and recap what other countries in Asia have reopened for tourism so far.
Philippines announces they will open “soon”
Last Friday, the Philippine Department of Tourism announced that the country plans to open its borders “soon” to fully vaccinated tourists from Green List countries.
There are currently 44 countries and territories on the Philippines’ âgreen listâ:
American Samoa, Bhutan, Chad, Mainland China Comoros, CÃ´te d’Ivoire (CÃ´te d’Ivoire), 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-BarthÃ©lemy, Saint-Pierre and Miquelon , Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Saint-Eustache, South Africa, Sudan, Taiwan, Togo, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Tourists will need to be vaccinated with vaccines recognized by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration or authorized by the World Health Organization to enter.
Tourism Secretary Berna Puyat said the government’s Covid-19 task force had “approved in principle” the department’s request to allow entry of vaccinated travelers from countries with low rates of disease. infection.
No specific reopening date has yet been set.
âThere are just a few things we need to work on. But the reason we are announcing it is because we are informing the whole world that we will eventually open our shores to tourists from Green List countries, âsaid Nograles, acting presidential spokesman, during a press briefing.
âIt will happen soon. We’re just making some adjustments to the guidelines for tourists from Green List countries. “
Tourism is an important part of the Philippine economy, accounting for nearly 13% of GDP in 2019. However, since the pandemic, the numbers have fallen by more than 80%, leaving tour operators struggling.
“Allowing tourists from countries or green territories where the majority of its population is vaccinated and with a low rate of infection will help greatly in our recovery efforts – by increasing tourist arrivals and receipts among others,” Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat said in a statement.
“This decision will also help boost consumer confidence, which contributes significantly to the growth of our gross domestic product or our GDP,” Romulo-Puyat added.
The tourism secretary said the approval is a “welcome development”, as many neighboring countries have already opened their borders.
âThailand, Vietnam and Cambodia have also done the same. We believe it is also time for us to reopen our borders for inbound tourism in order to achieve full recovery, âshe said.
Although the United States is not currently on the list of countries on the green list, it is a sign of hope for the resumption of tourism in the Philippines.
Asian countries currently open to tourism
For North American travelers looking to visit Asia, here are a few countries that are currently open or planning to open soon.
Thailand has reopened to vaccinated travelers from 63 countries with a single night of isolation pending the results of a negative Covid-19 test.
See more information on reopening Thailand to tourism.
Cambodia has abandoned its quarantine on arrival for all fully vaccinated tourists as of November 15.
Singapore reopened its borders to fully vaccinated American, British and Canadian tourists on October 19.
India has completely reopened to vaccinated tourists without quarantine after 20 months of closure, including American tourists.
Bali in Indonesia is currently open to tourists from 19 countries.
Nepal reopened to some vaccinated travelers in September.
Malaysia announces that it will reopen borders for international tourism by January 1, 2022.
Vietnam says it will start reopening from December 2021 with a road plan for a full reopening in June 2022.
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