Everything is now prepared for the reopening of international travel on Feb. 10 - Puyat

Everything is now prepared for the reopening of international travel on Feb. 10 - Puyat

The Philippines is now ready for the reopening of international travel beginning tomorrow (February 10) to fully vaccinated tourists from the 157 visa-free countries.

“Those among you who follow developments in the travel and tourism sector know that tomorrow, February 10, we will begin the next chapter in the road to recovery,” Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat said at the Kapihan Sa Manila Bay virtual forum along with other key tourism stakeholders.

“These are exciting times for Philippine tourism. We have been ready since 2020; with the significant dwindling of new COVID cases, the Department of Tourism (DOT) can now push forward with our plans and programs for the full recovery of the Philippine Tourism industry,” she added.

Recently the Inter-Agency Task Force approved the DOT's proposal to permit fully vaccinated leisure travelers to enter the country.

Furthermore, the task force also scrapped the color-coded classification system of countries based on their COVID-19 status to facilitate the recovery of the heavily impacted industry.

Puyat noted that fully vaccinated Filipino nationals and foreign tourists are exempted from the 5,000-passenger arrivals cap set by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and its One-Stop-Shop (OSS).

“Allowing the entry of these international travelers is a welcome development that will lead to growth in the travel and tourism sector, the restoration of lost jobs, the generation of much needed revenue for tourism-related enterprises, tourism communities and the government, plus many other benefits that will be felt by the entire tourism value chain,” she said.

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