Govt. scraps COVID-19 test rule for fully vaxxed, boosted inbound travelers

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 27) — Inbound travelers no longer need to present a negative COVID-19 test result upon entry provided they are vaccinated and with a booster shot, according to new rules released by the Interagency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

The rule, which takes effect on May 30, covers people 18 years old and above, while minors 12 to 17 years old should have the primary vaccine series. Children below 12 are exempted provided they are with fully vaccinated and boosted parents/guardians.

The government also lifted the travel insurance requirement.

The Tourism department welcomed the move.

“The DOT sees this development as a win for the local tourism industry as welcoming more tourists in the country will yield more revenues for our MSMEs (micro and small and medium enterprises) and restore more jobs and livelihoods in the sector,” Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat said in a statement on Friday.