Philippines is in a mood to welcome fully vaccinated foreign tourists soon, as the county decided to make travel easier for travellers from around the world. This comes at a time when countries in Southeast Asia are making it possible for fully vaccinated travellers to travel.

Coronavirus Task Force in the Philippines has approved in principle the entry of fully vaccinated tourists. However, the rule has been implemented for countries with fewer coronavirus cases, and additional guidelines for travel are yet to be announced.

The Philippines has seen an 83 percent drop in foreign travel during the pandemic last year. The country saw 8.2 million arrivals in 2019, while the number dropped to just 1.4 million last year.

The Philippines attracts a large number of foreign travellers from countries such as South Korea, China and Japan. During the pandemic, the country implemented some of the toughest entry rules for travelers. After all, it is one of the worst affected in Asia, with a large number of deaths and infections. The economic cost of the pandemic in the country has also been enormous.

Asian destinations such as Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Cambodia have decided to reopen to foreign travelers in the coming weeks.

Philippine Tourism Minister Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said in a statement, "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."


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