After the world’s longest lockdown, the Philippines now welcomes fully vaccinated tourists.

Travelers will be able to enter the Philippines after over two years starting today, February 10. Visa-free agreements with 157 countries and territories are in place.

According to Resolution 160-B of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF), additional requirements include:

  • Full vaccination against Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) and is in possession of an acceptable proof of vaccination, except only for minors below 12 years of age traveling with their fully-vaccinated foreign parent/s;
  • A negative RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) Covid-19 test taken within 48 hours prior to the date and time of departure from the country of origin/first port of embarkation in a continuous travel to the Philippines, excluding layovers; provided, that, he/she has not left the airport premises or has not been admitted into another country during such lay-over;
  • Valid tickets for their return journey to the port of origin or next port of destination not later than 30 days from date of arrival in the Philippines;
  • Passports valid for a period of at least six months at the time of their arrival in the Philippines;
  • Travel insurance for Covid-19 treatment costs from reputable insurers, with a minimum coverage of USD35,000 (around PHP1.7 million) for the duration of their stay in the Philippines (obtained before arrival).

Over half of the country’s population, or 60 million Filipinos, have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while roughly 8.2 million have received their booster shots.

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