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PH welcomes foreigners back after 2-year lockdown

PH welcomes foreigners back after 2-year lockdown

Foreign tourists are now allowed entry to the Philippines after a two-year lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ban was lifted by the government earlier this month to revive its tourism and related industries as the Omicron variant-related cases decreased.

The government has decided that fully-vaccinated foreign travelers from 157 countries who will present negative Covid-19 test results will be welcomed back and will no longer be required to quarantine upon arrival. 

The risk classification system that banned travelers from the worst-hit countries has also been ended.

In a statement, Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat said that this is the “next chapter in the road to recovery” for the Philippines.

She believes that this reopening could restore jobs and generate revenue across tourism-related enterprises and communities.

Last February 4, acting Presidential Spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles announced that foreign travelers will be allowed visa-free entry to the country visa-free if they are former Filipino citizens under the Balikbayan Program law — including their spouse and children — provided they are not restricted nationals.

Nograles added that foreign nationals of countries entitled to a stay not exceeding 30 days as per Executive Order 408 shall also be allowed visa-free entry to the Philippines.

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