It was set to expire on December 31 but has since been extended for another two weeks. The Philippines will welcome back foreign nationals starting Nov. 1 and allow Filipino travelers to leave without Covid-19 antigen tests as the Southeast Asian nation continues to reopen. The latest decision on easing travel restrictions on some foreigners was contained in IATF Resolution No. The country boasts of rich natural beauty in its many spectacular beaches, sunny weather and rich bio-diversity. Metro Manila visitors, however, are still restricted when it comes to going to restaurants in town. But Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said El Nido Resorts is the only establishment on the island which allows tourists from general community quarantine areas (GCQ) like Metro Manila since its soft reopening in July. And this is the second time for the DOT to win Asia’s Leading Tourist Board. (Visitor Information & Travel Assistance), an online registration system to help the city operation center for list of tourists who wish to visit the city. The rest of the country will be under modified GCQ. Also, the DOT said travelers aged below 21 and above 60 years old are allowed to visit Boracay as long as they have no comorbidity or worse health conditions. The Department of Tourism (DOT)  said it has been working with local government units, concerned agencies, and stakeholders to gradually reopen the country’s tourism industry “consistent with the President’s direction.”. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Filipinos will be allowed to enter 25 countries that have lifted their border restrictions on Filipinos arriving from the Philippines for essential travel. The Tourism Congress of the Philippines (TCP) is looking at “bubble tourism” or limited travels between safe zones to gradually restart the industry while the country continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic. Two of the Philippines’ famous destinations Palawan and Boracay are eighth and 18th, respectively, in the list of “50 Most Beautiful Places in the World” by Big Seven Travel, edging some of the world’s strongest contenders and tourist magnets such as Venice, Italy (43rd), Cappadocia, Turkey (30th), Angkor Wat, Cambodia (26th), and Paris, France (24th). Starting October 15, Ilocos Norte will welcome travelers from Luzon. The memorandum circular would have specific regulations on all aspects involved in this activity, ranging from the maximum allowable number of persons in a guestroom to the use of ancillary services, such as restaurants and recreational areas. The confirmation of community transmission in these areas is our standard in imposing a travel ban. Be sure to always check this blog for weekly updates about the travel situation in the Philippines. They are already open for MICE, for big events or weddings but I think about second week of this December, (they will reopen) also for independent travelers, kahit small groups, kahit mag-isa ka (even for small groups, even if you are alone) you can already go,” she said in a television interview. Said original documents and IDs must be presented at the border for verification. Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said foreign nationals with visas approved by the BI may now leave the country before they could be issued their alien certificate of registration identity card (ACR I-Card). “As directed by President Duterte in a meeting of IATF, flights from the UK remain banned for two more weeks after December 31, 2020,” the BI chief stated. Philippine tourism Headlines. Starting December 15, Bohol province will finally welcome tourists, including those from areas under general community quarantine (GCQ), for leisure travels. We have to meet with the airline [companies], and of course the business establishments,” Mayor Mario Reyes Jr. said. But senior citizens, those below 21 years old, and pregnant women will not be allowed to enter establishments. The DOT welcomes the gradual re-opening of tourism operations in light of the varied community quarantine levels across the country, hoping to pave the eventual recovery of the Philippines’ tourism industry. Bruce Rodriguez, ABS-CBN News Posted at Dec 28 04:35 PM. A memo was released on Sunday by DOT-NCR Regional Director Woodrow Maquiling Jr. which said that 4-star and 5-star hotels may send their Letter of Intent (LOI) if they wish to participate in the staycation program approved by Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) against COVID-19 and the department. Tourists will be required to present several documents upon arrival at the border of Tagudin and Sinait towns, such as a negative swab test result within 48 hours prior to their travel, a digital or printed SafePass QR code, a confirmed itinerary from a DOT-accredited tour and travel agency, a DOT-accredited accommodation and transport booking as well as a government-issued ID. While tourists will be allowed to do island activities, meals will only be served at hotels and resorts. They must also have a pre-booked COVID-19 testing at the airport laboratory. Let’s hope Boracay opens for the rest of the Philippines too. The global travel site praised Palawan’s “immaculate string of islands” and mentioning Boracay that it is one of the world’s top destinations for rest and recreation. Included in this are mandatory COVID-19 testing and quarantine until they turn up negative for the virus. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat assured Gov. Some of the tourist destinations in Ilocos Sur are the Vigan Heritage Village and Calle Crisologo, Plaza Salcedo Dancing Fountain, Bantay Bell Tower, Santa Maria Church, and Plaza Burgos. Upon return, they shall follow the Guidelines of Returning Overseas Filipinos of the National Task Force. The Department of Tourism also highlighted that Palawan has so far topped the World’s Best Islands list four times already. The Philippine government is eyeing a travel ban on nations with the new COVID-19 variant but would only be considered once there is already a community transmission of the new COVID variant there, DOH Secretary Francisco Duque said. These beginner-friendly mountains could change your mind! The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has again eased its requirements for departing foreigners to prevent crowding in immigration offices as the COVID-19 cases continue to surge. The good news is, the Philippines has kept a high profile in the world tourism radar. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the foreigners allowed to enter the country must still abide by certain conditions set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Infectious Diseases (IATF) such as having valid and existing visas as well as a pre-booked quarantine facility. Yap said tourists won’t have much to worry about when it comes to rates as it remained relatively affordable even after the Covid-19 hit, with some establishments even slashing about 50 percent off. A flight attendant working for the Philippine Airlines has been found dead in a Poblacion, Makati City hotel room after celebrating New Year’s Day with her friends. Wherever people can be found throughout the city, street food is sure to be peddled. The Manila Times takes pride in being the country's oldest and longest-running English daily with a diverse opinion section and comprehensive coverage of the latest stories on politics, business, sports, entertainment, lifestyle and other issues of national global concern. The announcement came from Metro Manila Development Authority General Manager, Jojo Garcia, who said that keeping the NCR in GCQ was discussed in a meeting that had 17 local chief executives and several members from IATF Inter-Agency Task Force. Resort owners in Pagudpud town in Ilocos Region are ready to host tourists with great optimism they can recover from their losses due to COVID-19 pandemic. This cuts into half the PHP1,500 regular cost of RT-PCR test at PCMC for qualified locals or foreigners residing in the country as long as their purpose for travel is for tourism. “Bohol will also be opened. Bohol Governor Arthur Yap told DOT Secretary Puyat that he plans to welcome visitors to Bohol either in July or August. Matthew Marcos Manotoc said the province is ready to welcome visitors from Luzon, even those coming from areas that are under general community quarantine, after seven months of closure to tourists since the declaration of enhanced community quarantine across Luzon. Her story will definitely make you want to travel solo now! LATEST NEWS. Readers can access the app here. Tourism establishments who wish to resume operations must apply to the Department of Tourism Region VI. Roque clarified that the government has not yet relaxed its entry restrictions on foreign tourists. Since the Oct. 1 gradual opening of tourism in the province for Region 1 and Baguio City residents, Provincial Tourism Officer Aianree Raquel said tourists have started to come in but they are limiting the entry of visitors to 50 persons per day only. Starting July 8, international flight operations at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 will finally resume, according to the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA). Travel agencies, however, are limited to the use of a skeleton workforce once they reopen to the public. In an announcement posted by Coron’s municipal tourism office, town residents will be allowed to engage in tourism activities beginning October 26, while those coming from the Calamian Island group will be permitted to enter the area starting November 16. Local tourists planning to visit Bohol Province will only be allowed to explore the COVID-free island Panglao according to Governor Arthur Yap. Coron, Palawan may very soon open for local tourists! With views like these, you can easily see why it’s always on the list of the world’s best islands of famous international magazines. Sex tourism in the Philippines continued to grow during the 20th century, and then modernised during the 21st century with the birth of the internet and easy access to internet cafes. Last year, it placed second. To understand the impact of COVID-19 on the Philippine tourism industry, PwC Philippines, together with the Department of Tourism, surveyed 247 decision makers across the different subsectors in May 2020. But the governor stressed that would-be travelers are required to submit a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test result conducted 72 hours prior to travel and confirmed booking at tourism-certified accommodation establishments and tour operators at www.tourism.bohol.gov.ph to validate the travel registration. 6 March 2020 Tourism News Philippines minister of tourism, Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, has unveiled a series of measures to combat falling revenues in the … Reconsider travel to the Philippines due to COVID-19. Some of the countries that have recorded a case of the new coronavirus variant are Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, South Africa, and Japan. The government has gradually eased travel restrictions to bolster the economy, which slipped into recession in the second quarter following months of lockdown … We know you’re itching to travel again. Please visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on entry/exit requirements related to COVID-19 in the Philippines.. U.S. citizens must have a visa to enter the Philippines for all travel purposes, including tourism. The Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) is ensuring that tourism stakeholders implement the safety protocols and series of precautionary measures set by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Department of Health (DOH), and is promoting habits that the … Even when on dive boats, boat crew and passengers must wear face masks and observe physical distancing. The expanded travel bubble would allow tourists to enter the island, provided they undergo and submit a negative RT-PCR test result at least 72 hours before their trip. The DFA said 78 other countries have eased their travel restrictions on Filipinos coming from the Philippines including Japan, Hong Kong, Canada, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom. The rest of the country will remain under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), the most relaxed of the four lockdown levels implemented by the government to stem the outbreak. Puyat said the DOT wanted to make this more affordable by subsidizing at least 50 percent of the cost, which will come from its marketing arm, the Tourism Promotion Board (TPB). The ban was an offshoot of the discovery of a new super spreader variant of COVID-19 in the UK, which is reportedly 70 percent more infectious than the original disease. Section 9 (g) of the Commonwealth Act 613 or the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940 states that foreign visa holders are those “lawfully admitted into the Philippines for permanent residence, who is returning from a temporary visit abroad to an unrelinquished residence in the Philippines.”. 80 following a meeting via video conference Thursday. The Manila Times takes pride in being the country's oldest and longest-running English daily with a diverse opinion section and comprehensive coverage of the latest stories on politics, business, sports, entertainment, lifestyle and other issues of national global concern. But the reopening of tourism for visitors, especially those coming from Manila or elsewhere remains suspended. Keep following ZEN Rooms for the latest travel updates in the Philippines. The Department of Transportation (DOTr)  issued a directive mandating face shields in public transportation. Book now at www.zenrooms.com/deals/zen-ofw. The app provides users access to the latest travel advisories and safety guidelines in various destinations that have reopened to tourism. 3. In his speech, President Duterte approved the recommendation of the Inter-agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases to keep the following areas under GCQ for the entire month of September: While the following areas revert to stricter quarantine measures: All places not mentioned are under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ). Puyat said the DOT would continue its inspection and accreditation of tourism-related establishments in the province and the provision of capability-building training on the implementation of health and safety guidelines. Everyone is also obliged to wear a mask or face cover and physical distancing of at least one meter should be respected inside aircraft and terminals. Manila, Philippines - The Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Philippines launched Travel Philippines, the country’s official travel companion, today, 30 October 2020. Tourists will be required to undergo the usual mandatory health checks and are asked to comply with the government’s minimum public health and safety standards. Metro Manila mayors are seeking to keep NCR (National Capital Region) under GCQ (General Community Quarantine) until Dec 31, 2020. Follow us: TRENDING. Tagaytay administrator Gregorio Monreal said tourists are now allowed in the city as long as they follow minimum health standards like wearing face masks and observe physical distancing. This means that buses, jeepneys, taxis, ride-hailing services, as well as all railway systems such as PNR, LRT-1, LRT-2, and MRT-3 will not be allowed to operate and ferry commuters. The city government of Baguio has also decided to relax its documentary requirements for tourists in its Baguio Visitor Information and Travel Assistance or “VISITA.”, Visitors are no longer required to book their itineraries through a DoT-accredited tour agency. The tentative reopening date for tourists nationwide is on December 1. Copyright 2021 Philippine News Agency. Around 11,000 domestic tourists will benefit from subsidized reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) or swab tests for the coronavirus as the Department of Tourism (DOT) formally partners with the University of the Philippines- Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH). Manila, Philippines, is a clamorous city that is teeming with historic attractions, friendly locals and in-your-face cuisine. A maximum of 50 visitors per day will be allowed to ensure effective crowd control aside from the strict implementation of minimum health protocols. If there are no COVID-19 symptoms exhibited, tourists can still extend their stay for 14 days and that is the time when they can mingle with the locals and visit nearby towns through arranged tours at tourism-accredited operators. Aside from Palawan, Boracay also made it to the list, placing 14th with a score of 88.22. THE Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles this week released an advisory detailing which foreign nationals can travel to the Philippines as the pandemic continues.“The entry to the Philippines of a foreign national is still dependent on the specific circumstances of each foreign national as determined by the Bureau of Immigration,” it noted. Only essential non-leisure travel between General Community Quarantine (GCQ) to MGCQ areas or vice-versa is allowed. Our underwater landscape is a colorful kaleidoscope of nature’s living jewels, one that divers cannot find anywhere else,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo- Puyat said. The DOT said 18 tourist sites in Ilocos Sur are now open. Latest Travel & Tourism News. Last month, 104 sites across the region were opened including beach resorts, island destinations, natural tourism areas (mountain, waterfalls, and river cruising), cultural and historical places, and landmark sites, but only to Bicolanos. Pesquera said they also plan to expand tour routes that would explore the city’s historical connections to the American and Japanese era. The magazine cited the country as “the first pick for many diving lovers.”. In front of Willy’s Rock (Station 1) 3. Dive schools are also advised to use current technology and digital platforms and to refer to their certifying agencies for further instruction, available materials, and training techniques. Tourists can get up to 75% discount on room rates in Boracay Island, Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores said. We try to link back to original sources whenever possible. Starting October 22, Metro Manila, Cagayan Valley, Region 3 residents will be allowed to visit Baguio. Ten diving spots will also be opened to the public. Only 25% of NCR residents willing to get COVID-19 vaccine, poll shows. Aside from the above,  quarantine restrictions on people aged 18-65 will also be eased for and they will be allowed to leave their homes for non-essential travel. The Philippines gears up for a stronger tourism industry with the revitalized campaigns and projects of the Department of Tourism (DOT) headlining 2017 under Secretary Corazon Wanda Tulfo-Teo’s administration. According to tourism chief Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong plans to reopen the country’s summer capital sometime in September despite being under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ). DOT said they will implement a “Test Before Travel” rule, which requires all visitors to have a negative result of reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) 48 to 72 hours prior to traveling to Boracay Island. Puyat said the DOT shall continue its coordination with national government agencies under the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), local government units (LGUs), and stakeholders to safely reopen more destinations for domestic tourism, and steer the industry to recovery. But Puyat said the local chief executive wants to make sure that travelers will be safe when they enter Baguio City. Coverage of breaking news and current headlines from the Philippines and around the world. With these timely Philippines travel updates, we hope to take you one step closer to your dream holiday! Related article: Bohol Itinerary: Best Places to Visit and Budget Guide All in One. 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To understand the impact of COVID-19 on the Philippine tourism industry, PwC Philippines, together with the Department of Tourism, surveyed 247 decision makers across the different subsectors in May 2020. Forbes highlights the 7,641 islands to choose from that has something to offer for even the most finicky of tourists. The test may be availed of either through walk-in or drive-through at PAL Learning Center at 540 Padre Faura Street, Ermita, Manila. The entrance fee ranges from PHP1,500 to PHP1,800, with no testing required except if you are exhibiting symptoms while already at the site. Incoming tourists shall be verified at the Caticlan and/or Tabon Port by the Department of Tourism VI and Municipal Tourism Office. Meanwhile, Cebu City lockdown downgraded to MECQ from ECQ until July 31. While the world still grapples with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, nations gear up to revive hard-hit economies and industries — travel and tourism included. These include the Heritage Village in Calle Crisologo, Ilocos Sur Adventure Zone, Caniaw Heritage, and Forest Park, Nuestra Senora De La Asuncion Church, Pinsal Falls, Moro Watch Tower, Hidden Garden, Baluarte Zoo, and the Ilocos Sur Dancing Fountain. Tourism plays an important role in the Philippine economy. The reopening was also confirmed by Mayor Cecilia Ruson of the municipality of General Luna, Surigao del Norte through a local executive order. By The Associated Press October 2, 2020 GMT. Hidden Beach was described as a piece of paradise concealed by “imposing limestone cliffs and with startlingly bone-white sand separated from the turquoise ocean by a small keyhole-like opening” where visitors could visit through climbing the small keyhole-like opening formed by the cliffs to access the mesmerizing lagoon. Other establishments in Boracay have been allowed to reopen, provided that the local government unit has given them a certificate and they maintain minimum public health standards. Upon receiving an LOI, the Department will then physically inspect the property and if everything is found in order, it will issue a Certificate of Authority to Operate for Staycation (CAOS). Per an advisory from the Manila International Airport Authority, passengers from the following countries will be prohibited from entering the country: A travel ban on the UK was imposed by the government earlier this month. El Nido is finally welcoming local tourists of all ages outside the island province of Palawan under a test-before-travel policy. Passengers are also encouraged to travel as light as possible, with just one small carry-on baggage. Guests are required to book their reservations at Masungi’s website, with the number per group limited to five to eight persons to observe minimum health protocols. Arthur Yap said the province will impose a test-before-travel policy for leisure tourists, who have to prebook their accommodations and tours with hotels and operators accredited by the Department of Tourism (DOT) and certified by the province under its Ultimate Bohol Experience (Ube) program. In an advisory, the DFA said that these countries are Brazil, Kiribati, United Kingdom, Benin, and Chad. ), and 34% are from the accommodations sector. These places will make you want to extend your vacation! About Philippines. Boracay will start accepting tourists but only those who have prior bookings or reservations in hotels and resorts. These are tourists from Aklan, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, and the cities of Iloilo and Bacolod. In a televised address, President Duterete also placed seven other areas under GCQ from Dec. 1 to 31, namely: The rest of the country will remain under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ), the least restrictive of the government’s lockdown levels. The famous Hundred Islands National Park (HINP) is now open to all Pangasinan residents with the continued modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) status in effect in the province, provided they comply with set requirements and health protocols. The Philippines’ surfing capital, Siargao Island, is now open for domestic tourists. In front of the Elizalde Compound (Station 1) 4. “We’re waiting for the approval from the regional IATF. Whatever it is, make the most of this moment and treat yourself to some peace of mind, away from all the bustle! The Philippines has lifted its ban on non-essential outbound travel effective October 21, Malacañang said Friday. The MOA was signed by TPB chief operating officer Maria Anthonette Velasco-Allones and UP-PGH director Gerardo Legaspi. Department of Tourism announced that it is partially subsidizing the cost of COVID-19 tests to Filipino tourists bound for Boracay, as the government looked to revive the sector that suffered as a result of the pandemic. The tourism in Bohol opened on June 21 but for the residents of the province only, Yap said. ZEN Rooms is open for returning Overseas Filipinos, Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), stranded travelers, essential workers, and any people in need of quarantine stays. The order allows the operation of accommodation establishments, restaurants and other food and beverage outlets, excluding bars, gyms, and swimming pools. Bohol province might welcome tourists again next month, Malacañang said Monday. Read more » She added that a staycation must involve a “minimum overnight stay for leisure purposes” in a DOT-accredited accommodation establishment located near one’s residence. Forbes magazine ranked the Philippines among the seven countries “that have the potential to become a major tourist destination in a post–COVID world”; Last month, Condé Nast Traveler (CNT) cited the Hidden Beach in El Nido, Palawan, as one of the 30 Best Beaches in the World. Some areas have increased risk. Good News! The execution of a Bureau of Immigration (BI) declaration acknowledging the risks involved in traveling, including the risk of delay in their return trip, to be provided for in the check-in counters by the airlines. Latest news from the Philippines including, crime, politics, tourism, earthquakes, and sport news Latest Philippines travel news: President Rodrigo Duterte once again extended the implementation of the general community quarantine (GCQ) in Metro Manila for another month. This rule, however, exempts Aklan residents. "The proposals for a 'COVID-19 passport' is welcome and will be looked into by the... Read More, MANILA–As more local destinations are opening their doors for travel, Cebu Pacific (CEB) was joined by the Department of Tourism (DOT) as it launched its "12.12 Piso sale", virtually on Wednesday.The seat sale can be availed of from December 10-12, for travel from August 1 to November 30,... Read More, MANILA – The Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) has earmarked PHP10 million to subsidize the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) testing of travelers and tourism workers in Bohol as the island province announces its reopening to tourists beginning December 15.Tourism chief Bernadette Romulo-Puyat... Read More, MANILA – Bohol province will finally welcome individual tourists starting Dec. 15, including those from areas under general community quarantine (GCQ), Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat announced Tuesday.Saying Christmas is just around the corner, Puyat welcomed the development.During... Read More, BUTUAN CITY – The management of the Surigao Airport in Surigao City said the Philippine Airlines (PAL) has applied for two direct flights from Manila and Cebu.Surigao Airport Manager Junelito Abrazado told the Philippine News Agency on Monday (Dec. 7) that the PAL management, in a letter dated... Read More. The award-giving body also declared the Department of Tourism (DOT) as this year’s leading tourist board in Asia, besting 11 nominated countries. 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