The Philippines’ government has announced that beginning February 10, 2022, the country will be open to fully vaccinated visitors in an effort to boost tourism. The beautiful Asian island country had planned to reopen in December, but due to the Omicron variant, the plans were scrapped. The Philippines has now announced that tourists from more than 150 countries with visa-free entry will be permitted to visit the country. China, Taiwan, and India, however, are not included on the list.
“(This) will contribute significantly to job restoration, primarily in tourism-dependent communities, and in the reopening of businesses that have previously shut down,” Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat said.
Quarantine requirements for returning Filipinos will be eliminated on February 1st, and for foreign tourists on February 10th, according to the government. They must, however, all be vaccinated and test negative for COVID-19.
Around 7000 incredible islands make up the archipelago nation, which are known for their white sand beaches and abundant marine life. Tourist arrivals from Japan, South Korea, and China are said to have dropped by 83 percent last year due to the pandemic.
“The tourism industry can now recover, contributing significantly to jobs, livelihoods, and the country’s economic growth,” presidential spokesman Karlo Nograles said.