In just ten days after the Philippines reopened its borders to international tourists, the country saw over 21,900 inbound tourist arrivals.
“The recent influx of tourists reflect foreign tourists’ enthusiasm towards visiting our country, which in turn will accelerate the revival of our tourism industry,” Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat stressed.
The Department of Tourism (DOT) said that data from One Health Pass (OHP) revealed that there were a total of 21,974 inbound tourist arrivals in different airports across the country.
These comprise 10,074 Balikbayans and 11,900 foreign tourists who arrived from 10 to 19 February 2022.
Puyat expressed her optimism with the latest figures, noting her optimism for a much better outcome in the ensuing months.
“We at the DOT continue to be optimistic that this trend will be sustained and will support not only the tourism industry but also the recovery and growth of our economy,” she said.
Tourists from the United States of America (USA) make up the most significant chunk of foreign tourists during the ten days with 5,516 arrivals; followed by Canada with 1,366; then the United Kingdom with 918; while 859 are from South Korea; 572 from Vietnam; 459 are from Japan; and 447 from Germany.
Puyat also disclosed that the COVID-19 vaccine certificates of Egypt, Maldives, Palau, Albania, Estonia, Greece, Malta, and Uruguay would be accepted as proofs of vaccination required upon entry to the Philippines.
These eight countries were in addition to the previously approved 12 countries based on the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) Resolution No. 162.
For a complete list of countries whose national vaccination certificated the Philippines recognizes so far, visit https://visitor.tourism.gov.ph/vaxcert/
Meanwhile, a total of 325,271 individuals, or 93% of the Department’s nationwide target of 354,309 tourism workers, are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Of this, 19.26% have already received their booster shots ( As of 18 February 2022).
“The health and safety of both visitors and hosts remain our biggest priority as we open our borders to fully vaccinated tourists. This reopening is made possible by the high vaccination and booster rate of workers in tourism-related industries,” Puyat said.