The Philippines’ Department of Tourism declared on Friday, November 19, that it plans to open its borders to fully vaccinated travelers from “green list” nations “soon.”
“Allowing visitors from green nations or territories with a high vaccination rate and low infection rate to visit will substantially boost our recovery efforts by increasing tourist arrivals and revenues,” Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat said in a statement.
“This decision will also help to boost consumer confidence, which is a major driver to our GDP growth,” Romulo- Puyat added.
Only travelers who have acquired immunizations approved by the Philippines Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization will be permitted access.
The recommendations are presently being finalized by a Special Technical Working Group on Travel in preparation for approval by the country’s Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.
The Philippines coronavirus “green list” now includes 44 countries and territories, including China, Japan, and India; however, the United States is not included.
According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, tourism contributed 17.8% of the Philippines’ GDP in 2018. The vast majority of the visitors were from Asia, with South Korea leading the way.
Due of the epidemic, tourism to the Philippines dropped by more than 80%.
Asia’s reopening strategy has been conservative overall.
Thailand has been a pioneer in the tourism industry owing to its ‘Phuket Sandbox’ experimental program, and now several other nations in the area, including as Cambodia, South Korea, and Singapore, are taking a cautious approach to letting back vaccinated travelers from specific countries.
Since the outbreak began, the coronavirus has caused more than 2.8 million confirmed cases and 46,422 fatalities in the Philippines.