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The country’s tourism industry will welcome fully vaccinated international travelers starting 10th February, according to the department of tourism (DOT). The tourism sector of the Philippines has been preparing for this development since the borders were closed in 2020.

“While this will be the first time the Philippines is opening its doors for foreign leisure travelers since the start of the pandemic, the tourism industry has prepared for this development for close to two years” said Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat. “We look forward to welcoming foreign visitors once again, especially with Metro Manila the country’s international gateway, placed under Alert Level 2”, she added. 

All travelers must be vaccinated and arrive from countries on the visa-free list. All visitors are mandated to present a PCR test taken not more than 48 hours before their departure. Arrivals will be required to self-monitor but do not need to undergo mandatory quarantine. Foreign nationals from visa-required countries or restricted foreign nationals will also be permitted to enter the Philippines if granted an entry exemption document, the government said.

With the Philippines finally reopening the borders for leisure travel, the government is set to continue promoting and developing the Philippines as a top international MICE-destination.  

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