DOT made sure all systems are operational as international travelers started arriving; Updated guidelines for foreign tourists

DOT made sure all systems are operational as international travelers started arriving; Updated guidelines for foreign tourists

Yesterday February 10, the Department of Tourism (DOT) inspected the airport protocols for arriving foreign tourists at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3.

Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat and NAIA T3 Terminal Head and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) CDR Ariel Almonte, did a walkthrough of the process for international arrivals at the NAIA Terminal 3 (T3).

"As we welcome our fully-vaccinated visitors to our country, we need to be assured that proper health and safety protocols are strictly enforced in our airports in order to provide a hassle-free entry for travelers," Puyat said.

The DOT chief also observed the Bureau of Quarantine (BoQ) and Bureau of Immigration (BI) counters at the international arrival area, luggage claim area, as well as the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and DOT counters situated near the luggage claim area and airport exits.

In the DOT-NCR data from the One Health Pass (OHP) System, a total of 398 out of the 11,492 expected arrivals at NAIA Terminals 1 to 3 are classified as tourists (as of 2 PM February 10).

Most of the arrivals are from the USA with 109 and Thailand with 93. Other countries with more than ten arriving tourists at NAIA yesterday include Malaysia, Canada, Japan, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, and Australia.

Meanwhile, 180 non-OFW travelers were expected to arrive at the Clark International Airport (CRK) yesterday aboard flights from five different airlines: Emirates, JeJu Air, Jetstar, Qatar Airways, and Scoot.

Puyat is optimistic that the number of inbound tourist arrivals will steadily grow in the coming weeks, as tourists usually need time to finalize their travel plans.

"We at the DOT are glad that we are gradually reopening our borders to foreign visitors. But this enthusiasm is tempered by the constant reminder that the virus is still very much a threat and that we must always be vigilant so as not to negate the efforts we have made over the past two years to contain the virus," she said.

Additionally, Puyat reminded all tourism stakeholders to ensure strict compliance with the health and safety protocols when handling guests.

She likewise reminded all foreign tourists visiting the Philippines to prepare all travel requirements ahead of time and follow the minimum health protocols.

Updated Guidelines for Foreign Tourists

According to the guidelines under the IATF-EID Resolution 160-B and amendments approved by the task force in Resolution 160-D, foreign tourists coming from visa-free countries must be able to present the following upon their arrival in the Philippines:

•Acceptable proof of vaccination;

•Negative result of an RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours before the date and time of departure from the country of origin / first port of embarkation in a continuous travel to the Philippines, excluding lay-overs for their return journey;

•Valid tickets for their return journey to the port of origin or next port of destination not later than thirty (30) days from date of arrival in the Philippines, except for Filipino citizens and former Filipino citizens with balikbayan privilege (under R.A. No. 9174) and their foreign spouses and/or children;

•Passports valid for a period of at least six (6) months at the time of their arrival to the Philippines; and

•Travel insurance for COVID-19 treatment costs from reputed insurers, with a minimum coverage of USD 35,000 for the duration of their stay in the Philippines

Foreign nationals who wish to go to the Philippines may access the complete guidelines under IATF-EID Resolutions 160-B and 160-D using the following links:

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