The country’s tourism sector will become busier starting April 1 after the Philippine government announced a further easing of travel rules for international tourists.

Under Resolution No. 164-A—issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) on March 10—the country will start accepting the entry of fully vaccinated foreign visitors regardless of origin. 

This means that the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) can now start processing tourist visas for citizens of countries not covered under the government’s regulations. 

“This new policy approved by the IATF opens the country to fully vaccinated tourists from all countries, which will further aid the tourism industry on its way to recovery,” Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat told Business Mirror

IATF’s newest resolution now also allows foreign tourists to present a negative, laboratory-based antigen test taken within 24 hours before departing from their point of origin. Before this, the task force required foreign nationals to submit a negative RT-PCR test result taken 48 hours prior to departure. 

According to Romulo-Puyat, the easing of travel rules for international tourists will further the recuperation of the tourism sector, which is one of the industries most affected by the pandemic. 

“We thank our colleagues in the IATF for approving more measures that will help sustain the recovery of the tourism sector in the coming months. While our domestic travelers have been the pillar of recovery, we are also excited to welcome more foreign visitors in the coming weeks,” Romulo-Puyat said.

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