PH reopens for tourism, business travel to fully vaxxed from non-visa required countries starting Feb. 10

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 28) — The Philippines will again accept fully vaccinated foreigners from non-visa required countries for tourism and business purposes starting next month, Malacañang announced Friday.

Kung matatandaan po natin nung IATF Reso 150-A natin, dapat sinimulan na po natin ito nung Dec. 1 pero sinuspend po natin pansamantala. So this now would start Feb. 10,” acting presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles said in a virtual briefing.

[Translation: If you recall IATF Resolution 150-A, we should have started (reopening) last Dec. 1 but we suspended it temporarily.]

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These foreign nationals must hold passports valid for at least six months during their arrival, and must have a return or outbound ticket to their country of origin or next country of destination.

Travelers must also present proof for COVID-19 vaccination status, which include the World Health Organization international certificates of vaccination and prophylaxis, VaxCertPH, or the national digital certificate of their government that also accepts VaxCertPH as status proof.

Minors are exempted from these requirements according to Nograles. Fully vaccinated foreigners are likewise not included in the arrival quota set by the Department of Transportation and its one stop shop.

Nograles announced too the IATF’s move to lift green, yellow, and red list classifications for other nations beginning Feb. 1.

All travelers must only present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours before departure and need not undergo facility quarantine anymore. Instead, they will self-monitor for any symptoms for seven days.

Starting Feb. 16, the country will only allow entry to fully vaccinated foreigners.