Entry of fully vaccinated tourists from Green List countries will soon be allowed as the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has “approved in principle” the move upon the request of the Department of Tourism (DOT).

Guidelines for the entry in the country of fully vaccinated tourists are being prepared by DOT’s Special Technical Working Group, and these guidelines are still for approval by the IATF-EID.

Tourism Chief Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said that the proposal to open leisure travel from “green countries,” or those classified by the Department of Health (DOH) (https://mirror.officialgazette.gov.ph/downloads/2021/11nov/20211111-IATF-Resolution-148A.pdf) as low-risk countries, will be based on strict conditions.

Only fully vaccinated individuals with vaccines recognized by the country’s Food and Drug Administration under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) or those authorized by the World Health Organization will be allowed entry to the country.

“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–increasing tourist arrivals and receipts among others. This move will likewise aid in bolstering consumer confidence, which is a large contributor to our gross domestic product or GDP growth,” Puyat said.

“Our ASEAN neighbors like Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia also did the same. We believe that it is also time for us to reopen our borders for inbound tourism as a way towards full recovery,” enthused Puyat.

Separately, the DOT will also be working on another proposal with the Small Technical Working Group on Travel: “Vaccinated Travel Lanes or Bubbles” as a special program for vaccinated tourists coming from yellow list countries, who may be able to enter the country under certain restrictions and strict conditions.