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Philippines is Reopening for Foreign Tourists

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Jan. 27, 2022 [IATF-159] The Philippines is reopening its borders for foreign tourists starting February 10. 2022.

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The country will start accepting fully vaccinated foreign leisure travelers from visa-free countries. Foreign tourists from 157 countries that are allowed to enter the country without a visa requirement are expected to recommence the international tourism market in the country.

“The Department sees this as a welcome development that will contribute significantly to job restoration, primarily in tourism-dependent communities, and reopening businesses that have earlier shut down during the pandemic,” Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat said.

Opening the country for the international tourism market was supposed to begin last year, December 1, 2021, but was suspended due to the threat of the omicron variant.

Aside from a negative RT-PCR test result taken within forty-eight hours (48hrs) prior to departure from the country of origin, the usual travel documents such passport valid for at least six (6) months at the time of arrival, and a return ticket to their country of origin are required.

In addition, the leisure traveler must also carry proof of vaccination against COVID-19 that is recognized by the IATF-EID.

With the Philippines reopening its borders to foreign tourists, quarantine and isolation hotels are also shifting back to regular hotel operations in time for the resumption of the international tourism market. FHG chain of hotels is one of them, particularly its four (4) FERSAL hotels in Metro Manila: The FERSAL hotel in Manila, in Cubao, Quezon City; in Diliman, Quezon City; and in Makati City.

On the other hand, The Hotel Elizabeth in Baguio City and Cebu City has been operating as regular staycation hotels, accepting leisure travelers subject to its respective LGU’s restrictions and health safety protocols.

The Hotel Elizabeth is another hotel brand of the FHG chain of hotels.

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