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MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Immigration on Monday said they are ready should the national government lift its restrictions on foreign travelers amid the continuing decline in new COVID-19 cases in the country.

“Our frontline officers at the airports are ready and prepared, and we assure the traveling public of uninterrupted service should they decide to travel to the Philippines,” Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said in a statement.

The bureau issued this statement after presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that the Philippines will reopen its borders to international tourists in “due time.”

The bureau issued this statement after presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that the Philippines will reopen its borders to international tourists in “due time.”

“We are also looking at the experience of other countries that already opened to international tourism,” Roque said in Filipino in a Laging Handa briefing last week.

Morente noted that the bureau will need to increase its manpower when international travel resumes to normal, but BI already has laid down plans to address this.

BI acting port operations chief Carlos Capulong said they adopted a response mechanism calls to mobilize personnel assigned to other operating units in his division to perform primary inspection and supervisory duties during times of increase in travel volume.

Last week, the bureau reiterated its police prohibiting airport staff from applying vacation leaves from December 1 to Jan. 15, 2022, in anticipation of the influx of passengers.

Capulong also said they are waiting the appointments of 195 new Immigration officers from the Department of Justice, BI’s mother agency. This new batch of officers will be deployed to different ports across the country.

Morente meanwhile stressed: “Should the IATF and the Office of the President see that the country is ready, we will be happy to welcome again foreign tourists to our shores.”

The bureau recorded a 72% drop in arriving passengers in the first three quarters this year, compared with the same period in 2020. Records showed that only 893,886 international travelers arrived in the Philippines from January to September.

In the first nine months of 2020, BI data showed 3.2 million passengers came to the country, with 2.8 million of these arriving before the lockdown was imposed in March. — Kristine Joy Patag

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2021/11/08/2139859/philippines-ready-eventual-reopening-borders-foreign-tourists

 

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Their entry / exit rules and regulations are about as clear as mud in a beer bottle!! When are the ruling clowns going to realise that they are stuffing up the one industry that could pull the Ph

I think most people use the term tourist in reference to just a random person and not someone with a spouse or child in the RP.

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India made the Green list :shocked: but  still no USA.

 

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Vaccinated tourists? Un-vaccinated tourists? I know it's still the "preparing" stage but you'd think they would mention that.

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BI is ready.

DOT is ready.

Everyone is ready. 

Ain't hapnin.

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Looks like the Philippines is opening up to international tourists from countries on the "Green List"

News just coming out now from the Department of Tourism. More detail to follow.

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Here's the list of countries currently on the "Green List" effective from Nov. 16th to Nov.30th. The list will be updated and hopefully expanded on November 30th.

American Samoa, Bhutan, Chad, Mainland China Comoros, Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Federated States of Micronesia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region of China), India, Indonesia, Japan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, Mali, Marshall Islands, Montserrat, Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Northern Mariana Islands, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Paraguay, Rwanda, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sint Eustatius, South Africa, Sudan, Taiwan, Togo, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Zambia and Zimbabwe. 

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Interesting list. One will not get tourists from China, or Hong Kong if they have to do 21 days hotel quarantine when they return home.

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Pessimistic here. Presently languishing in California. Wanting to go home but thinking the quarantine would not be bearable. This opening is apt to cause an increase in cases. Partly from the arriving tourists, partly from the increased activity among the locals serving the tourists. The increase in cases will lead to a closing before easy entry is allowed to us from the highly infected USA. 

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Seems like there might even be hope for vaccinated tourists from Yellow countries....

PH to welcome fully vaccinated tourists from ‘green’ countries

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 19) — The Philippines will soon open its shores to fully vaccinated tourists coming from "green" countries, territories or jurisdictions tagged as low risk for COVID-19, the national pandemic response task force announced on Friday.

There is no set date yet, but Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases is finalizing the guidelines for tourists coming from low-risk areas.

"Sa IATF kasi may mga guidelines na but they're is just a few things that we need to tweak but the reason why we're announcing it is because we're putting the entire world in advance notice that we will eventually open up our shores to tourists from green list countries," he said in a media briefing.

[Translation: There are already guidelines in the IATF, but we need to tweak a few things. We are announcing it because we want to give an advance notice to the entire world that we will eventually open up our shores to tourists from green list countries.]

RELATED: LIST: Countries under green, red, yellow travel restrictions

Meanwhile, vaccinated individuals from these low-risk countries do not have to take a swab test upon arrival in the Philippines nor undergo facility-based quarantine beginning Nov. 22.

They only need to present a negative swab test result prior to the trip then monitor themselves for flu-like symptoms for 14 days, Nograles said.

The unvaccinated or partially vaccinated need to undergo a facility-based quarantine until the release of a negative RT-PCR test taken on the fifth day upon arrival.

Nograles said the testing and quarantine protocols of minors shall follow the protocol of the parent traveling with them, regardless of their vaccination status.

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2021/11/19/PH-fully-vaccinated-tourist-green-states.html

 

The Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases "has approved in principle" to permit their entry after the issuance of IATF-approved guidelines, the DOT said in a statement.

“The Special Technical Working Group on Travel has been tasked to promptly come up with said guidelines for final approval of the IATF,” the DOT added.

The department also said it is pushing for the "Vaccinated Travel Lanes or Bubbles”, a special program for vaccinated tourists from "yellow" countries tagged as moderate risk for COVID-19. Under the proposed program, they may be allowed to enter the Philippines under certain restrictions and conditions.

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Another article with a bit more detail from the Inquirer...

The Philippines will soon accept international tourists, the Department of Tourism (DOT)

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines will soon accept international tourists, the Department of Tourism (DOT) announced Friday.

Tourism chief Berna Romulo-Puyat said the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) “has approved in principle the entry of fully vaccinated tourists from Green List countries/territories/jurisdictions.”

“Allowing tourists from green countries or territories that have the majority of its population vaccinated and with low infection rate, will greatly help in our recovery efforts —increasing tourist arrivals and receipts among others. This move will likewise aid in bolstering consumer confidence, which is a large contributor to our gross domestic product or GDP growth,” Puyat said in a statement.

“Our Asean neighbors like Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia also did the same. We believe that it is also time for us to reopen our borders for inbound tourism as a way towards full recovery,” she added.

An inter-agency Special Technical Working Group on Travel has been tasked to come up with guidelines for the country’s reopening of tourism for international travelers subject to the final approval of the IATF.

The proposal to open leisure travel to those coming from “green” countries was based on strict conditions, Puyat noted.

The “green’ countries were classified by the Department of Health as low-risk for COVID-19.

According to Puyat, only foreign tourists fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with jabs recognized by the country’s Food and Drug Administration under an emergency use authorization (EUA) would be allowed to enter the Philippines for tourism.

She added that the DOT will also be working on another proposal with the Small Technical Working Group on Travel to discuss the possibility of having “vaccinated travel lanes or bubbles” – a special program for fully-vaccinated individuals from “yellow” countries.

The Philippines closed its doors to tourism for almost two years since the pandemic hit the country in 2020.

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1517225/ph-to-accept-intl-tourists-soon-says-dot

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The source of the recent changes: https://iatf.doh.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/20211118-IATF-RESO-149A-RRD.pdf

No quarantine for vaccinated green list with a negative test before departure.

3-day quarantine for vaccinated yellow list with a negative test before departure.

Effective November 22.

The source of those documents, and the current green list, is here: https://iatf.doh.gov.ph/?page_id=77

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SkyMan
3 hours ago, James Bond said:

No quarantine for vaccinated green list with a negative test before departure.

Doesn't really specify though.  Could a red or yellow country person fly to the RP via Taiwan and be considered Green?

Technically, I've been to Taiwan and other green countries so I could say I'm coming from there.

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13 minutes ago, SkyMan said:

Doesn't really specify though.  Could a red or yellow country person fly to the RP via Taiwan and be considered Green?

Technically, I've been to Taiwan and other green countries so I could say I'm coming from there.

Wouldn't the passport info stamps tell the story of your travels no matter what you want them to believe? :scratch_head:

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11 minutes ago, SkyMan said:

Doesn't really specify though.  Could a red or yellow country person fly to the RP via Taiwan and be considered Green?

Technically, I've been to Taiwan and other green countries so I could say I'm coming from there.

Last time I checked the fine print you would need to have been in Taiwan for 2 weeks. Taiwan does not presently allow transit. Taiwan does not allow tourist entry from USA, for example, either. So it is a problem. I think you will find all the Green list countries unusable for transit. Worth a search though. Report back. 

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