The government further eased the pandemic restrictions to speed up the revival of the economy, as starting May 30, 2022, pre-departure COVID-19 tests for incoming fully vaccinated travelers are no longer required.
The Department of Tourism (DOT) recommended this to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to encourage more tourists to visit the country; thus, the IATF approved Resolution 168, exempting all fully vaccinated and boosted foreign nationals from the RT-PCR test requirement.
Based on the resolution, the traveler must be at least 18 years old and have received the primary series of Covid-19 vaccines and at least one booster shot.
Also exempted from the pre-departure RT-PCR requirement are foreign nationals aged 12 to 17 who have received their primary Covid-19 vaccine/s and those below 12 and traveling with fully vaccinated or boostered parents or guardians.
The same exemption guidelines apply to Filipinos traveling to the Philippines.
“We are glad that the propositions we have worked on have been approved by the IATF-EID and are now up for implementation. As we make it more convenient for tourists to visit the country, the public’s health and safety will remain the DOT’s priority,” Tourism Secretary Berna-Romulo Puyat said.
“The DOT sees this development as a win for the local tourism industry as welcoming more tourists in the country will yield more revenues for our MSMEs and restore more jobs and livelihoods in the sector,” she added.
Meanwhile, travel insurance is no longer required but still highly encouraged for arriving passengers. Regardless of country of origin, all types of vaccination certificates will also be accepted.
Based on recent data, from February 10 to May 25, 2022, a total of 517,516 foreign tourist arrivals visited the Philippines.
Most foreign tourists came from the United States with 104,589, followed by South Korea with 28,474, and Canada with 24,337 travelers.
Australian nationals, British/English, and Japanese tourists came next on the list with 23,286, 20,846, and 13,373, respectively.
Other foreign travelers to the Philippines during the early months of the year include Vietnamese, Singaporeans, Malaysians, Italians, Irish and French.
Puyat said the Department is looking forward to an uptick in tourist arrivals in the coming weeks following the further easing of entry requirements into the country.