The Inter-Agency Task Force has finally approved the Department of Tourism's (DOT) proposal to ease the age restriction. Now those below 18 and above 65 years old who are fully vaccinated are permitted to leisurely travel.
As the Philippines gradually re-open, interzonal travel for kids and fully vaccinated seniors are now allowed to take point-to-point (P2P) trips in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) or modified GCQ (MGCQ).
The Department added that the IATF also allows fully-vaccinated individuals with comorbidities and pregnant women to enjoy point-to-point interzonal travel to areas under GCQ and MGCQ, provided that they have received their vaccine shots in full.
But, it is still subject to the guidelines to be issued by the DOT and the Local Government Unit (LGU) regulations of the destination.
"Further easing of travel restrictions will allow more of our fully vaccinated individuals to enjoy interzonal travel, especially families who wish to travel together," Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat said.
She also expressed her satisfaction with this development, citing its significance in the revival of its local tourism industry.
"As restrictions are lifted, more tourism workers and stakeholders will get back the jobs and livelihoods they lost due to the pandemic," she said.
"Traveling is a way of bonding, and with all the precautions and protocols in place, we can still do it safely together. More importantly, this will encourage more Filipinos to secure their jabs as well," Puyat added.
The DOT shall be releasing guidelines for such P2P travel to ensure that health and safety protocols are being complied with.
Meanwhile, RT-PCR tests will only be required for the said individuals should the LGU of destination require a negative result.
Travelers from Metro Manila can avail of a P750 discount on their RT-PCR test from the Philippine Children's Medical Center (PCMC) by visiting www.tpb.gov.ph/rtpcrphtravel-application.