Good News, starting December 1, the Philippines will allow the entry of fully vaccinated international tourists coming from the “green list” countries.
Palace acting spokesman Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles announced the news in a press briefing, saying foreigners who do not need a visa to enter the Philippines may come to the country again.
There are 159 countries and territories that do not need a visa to come to the Philippines. As long as travelers from these areas satisfy the following conditions, they can visit the country.
- Their passport should be valid for at least six months at the time of arrival.
- They should have a return or outbound ticket to their country of origin or next destination.
- Before arrival in the Philippines, they should have stayed exclusively for 14 days in a Green List area with low COVID-19 cases.
- They must have proof of vaccination.
However, just recently, the Philippine government has taken out South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe from its green list.
The new policy will take effect from December 1-15.
“This is something we are doing step by step...and if we decide to extend it, we will extend it,” Nograles said in a mix of English and Filipino.”
He also said that foreigners planning to visit the Philippines must present either a:
- World Health Organization’s international certificates of vaccination and prophylaxis
- VaxCertPH, or
- National or state digital certificate of the foreign government which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement unless otherwise permitted by the IATF
Fully vaccinated foreign travelers are also still required to obtain a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours before departure from the country of origin.
According to the guidelines set by the Inter-agency Task Force (IATF), upon arrival of the travelers, they will no longer undergo a facility-based quarantine and no on-arrival RT-PCR test as well.
However, Nograles said they are urged to self-monitor for any symptoms until the 14th day, with the first day being the arrival date.
Meanwhile, the IATF resolution also states, foreigners who just transited through non-Green List areas will not be deemed as coming from those places as long as they stayed in the airport the whole time and were not cleared for entry by the immigration authority.
As for the minors, Nograles said they follow the testing and quarantine requirements of the parent or guardian traveling with them.
But, for those vaccinated travelers who fail to get tested for Covid-19 before traveling, Nograles said they must undergo facility quarantine until the release of a negative RT-PCR test taken on the fifth day of their quarantine.
As the Philippines’ borders will open up soon, Boracay Island can expect an influx of travelers.