The Philippines reopens to vaccinated tourists on February 10

Philippines opens borders for fully vaxxed tourists; Coron, Palawan pictured

From February 10, 2022, the Philippines will be allowing fully-vaccinated international tourists from a total of 157 visa-free countries, shared the Department of Tourism (DoT) today.

Vaccinated tourists would be required to present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to departure from the country of origin.

The Philippines finally opens borders for fully vaxxed tourists; Coron, Palawan pictured

Foreign arrivals must also self-monitor their health for the first seven days of their arrival, with the first date being the date of arrival. They will also be required to report to the local government unit of the destination should Covid-19 symptoms manifest.

Tourists must also carry proof of vaccination, such as certificates issued by the World Health Organization, VaxCertPH of the Department of Health, or a national/state digital certificate of a foreign government that has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement.

Children below 18 years of age are exempted from the requirement of full inoculation and providing proof of vaccination status.

A total of 157 countries enjoy visa-free entry privileges to the Philippines, including some of its top tourist markets prior to the pandemic such as South Korea, Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, UK, US, and Germany.

Also on February 1, 2022, fully-vaccinated returning overseas Filipinos will no longer be required to undergo quarantine as long as they are able to present a negative result of an RT-PCR test taken 48 hours before departure from the point of origin.

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