PH Tourism Live Blog: Filipinos Now Allowed to Enter 25 Countries

PH Tourism Live Blog: Filipinos Now Allowed to Enter 25 Countries
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We know you’re itching to travel again 😉 But till that day arrives, here’s all the good news from across the Philippines to take you one step closer to your dream holiday! #WeWillTravelAgain

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DFA: Filipinos now allowed to enter 25 countries

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July 2, 2020

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. These countries include the United States of America, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, and New Zealand.

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.

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

Camp John Hay to open for Baguio residents starting June 30

camp john hay baguio

June 28, 2020

Some areas of Camp John Hay in Baguio City will be opened to Baguio residents starting June 30, according to the Baguio City Public Information Office (PIO).

Residents may use certain facilities of Camp John Hay every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 6 am to 7 pm starting June 30.

Source: GMA News

DOT eyes allowing foreign tourists from countries with low COVID-19 cases

tourists kayaking at el nido lagoon

June 26, 2020

The Department of Tourism (DOT) is eyeing the implementation of “travel bubbles” where foreign tourists from countries with low or zero COVID-19 cases will be allowed to visit select destinations in the Philippines.

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

Condé Nast Traveler names Hidden Beach one of the world’s 30 best beaches
empty hidden beach in el nido, palawan
June 22, 2020

Palawan does it again!

The Department of Tourism (DOT) celebrates the inclusion El Nido, Palawan’s Hidden Beach, in the prestigious luxury travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler’s (CNT) “The 30 Best Beaches in the World” feature released on June 21.

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.

Source: Manila Bulletin

‘Bubble tourism’ will be new norm in Philippines amid pandemic —TCP

girl enjoying the beach

June 19, 2020

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.

During a Senate hearing, Senator Francis Tolentino raised that this has been practiced by New Zealand and Australia. He asked if the same can be expected in the country to resuscitate the tourism industry.

In a travel bubble, a set of countries agree to open their borders to each other but keep borders to all other countries closed.

Source: GMA News

Boracay reopens to tourists from Western Visayas

a guy walking in boracay

June 15, 2020

Here’s some great news! Starting June 16, Boracay will reopen to local tourists from Western Visayas. These are tourists from Aklan, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, and the cities of Iloilo and Bacolod. Natividad Bernardino, Boracay Inter-Agency Rehabilitation Management Group general manager, said Boracay could be opened to other local tourists if the island or Aklan can maintain its coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-free status. Let’s hope Boracay opens for the rest of the Philippines too. Can’t wait to enjoy the chill vibe and happening scenes at the most popular island in the Philippines. Till then, stay safe and stay home 🙂

Source: Philippine Star

LGUs allowed 23 more airports to operate commercial flights

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June 15, 2020

23 airports have been allowed by local government units (LGUs) to operate for commercial flights amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). In a Facebook post on Sunday, CAAP presented a list of airports that are allowed by their respective LGUs to have commercial flights. There was also a list of airports that have yet to receive the go-signal to operate.

Source: GMA News

PAL to resume 8 more domestic flights

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June 10, 2020

Philippine Airlines (PAL) will resume eight more domestic flights in the next two weeks following the easing of travel restrictions: one additional daily flight from Manila to Cebu and back and one four-times-a-week flight on the same route starting June 15; A daily flight to Bacolod, a three-days-a-week flight to Caticlan and Roxas and a six-days-a-week fight to Iloilo will commence on June 16; and the Iloilo flight will operate daily starting June 22.

Also on June 10, a four-times-a-week flight to Dipolog will be mounted; this would be increased to five-days-a-week on June 22. Two twice-a-week Manila-Laoag-Manila flights will be mounted by PAL starting June 16, Villaluna said.

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

Forbes names PH one of rising stars in post-quarantine travel

aerial view of el nido palawan

June 4, 2020

With the current situation brought by the pandemic, many people are now eager and itching to travel once more and the excitement goes up after countries relax their travel restrictions, including the Philippines.

While the global tourism scene is on hold right now because of the pandemic, the Philippines continues to grab attention from the world stage because of the country’s undoubtedly beauty.

Forbes Magazine recently named the Philippines as one of the rising stars or have the potential to become major tourist destinations in a post-COVID world.

Forbes highlights the 7,641 islands to choose from that has something to offer for even the most finicky of tourists. From Metro Manila and Quezon City to Boracay and Palawan, Forbes recognizes the country as a great destination.

Source: ABS-CBN

Baguio to reopen possibly on September

tourist on swan rides at burnham park baguio

June 3, 2020

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). Ideally, most areas under MGCQ have now started operating their businesses and even some tourism-related activities. But Puyat said the local chief executive wants to make sure that travelers will be safe when they enter Baguio City.

Source: Manila Bulletin

Bohol government plans to welcome tourists either in July or August

stunning view of the chocolate hills in bohol

June 3, 2020

Bohol Governor Arthur Yap told DOT Secretary Puyat that he plans to welcome visitors to Bohol either in July or August. To ensure everyone’s safety, Yap wants to put up a RT-PCR lab to test because he wants everybody to enter to test negative of COVID-19.

Source: Manila Bulletine

New Rules Await Passengers as Flights Resume in 8 PH Airports

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June 3, 2020

Commercial flights are set to resume in at least eight airports in the country this week as the country relaxes travel restrictions, but passengers should be prepared for the new rules.

The Philippine Airlines (PAL) advised that those taking international flights should be at the airport four hours before their departure, while those taking domestic flights should be there three hours before their plane leaves.

Passengers are also encouraged to travel as light as possible, with just one small carry-on baggage. 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.

Passengers should also move as little as possible within the cabin, and not line up outside toilets to lessen the risk of infecting other passengers.

People will be assigned specific toilet stalls on the plane in relation to where they are seated. Flight attendants will be provided with personal protective equipment (PPE) that could include visors, gloves and medical masks.

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

‘No registration, no swimming’ Policy Implemented in Boracay

people swimming in boracay

June 3, 2020

Swimming with physical distancing is now allowed in Boracay, but those who wish to do so will need to log their information for contact tracing purposes.

Boracay will start accepting tourists but only those who have prior bookings or reservations in hotels and resorts. Incoming tourists shall be verified at the Caticlan and/or Tabon Port by the Department of Tourism VI and Municipal Tourism Office.

People are only allowed to swim in four beaches for swimming from 6 am to 6 pm and must maintain two meters distance from each other.

They are also encouraged to bring their own gear such as goggles and snorkeling masks, as renting equipment is still prohibited.

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. Tourism establishments who wish to resume operations must apply to the Department of Tourism Region VI.

Source: GMA News

8 Designated Areas for Swimming in Boracay

tourists at willy's rock in boracay

June 1, 2020

The LGU Malay Facebook page provided the eight (8) areas designated for swimming.

1. In front of White House (Station 1)

2. In front of Willy’s Rock (Station 1)

3. In front of the Elizalde Compound (Station 1)

4. In front of D’Mall (Station 2)

5. In front of Mandarin Hotel (Station 2)

6. In front of La Carmela (Station 3)

7. In front on Paradise Garden (Station 3)

8. Puka Beach (Barangay Yapak)

Source: GMA News

DOT Welcomes the Resumption of Tourism Operations in Areas Under MGCQ

people flocking in boracay

May 30, 2020

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.

Travel for tourism purposes may be allowed only between places under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), and subject to travel restrictions imposed by the Local Government Units (LGUs). Only essential non-leisure travel between General Community Quarantine (GCQ) to MGCQ areas or vice-versa is allowed.

Tourist destinations that will re-open during the MGCQ are still subject to the approval of their LGU Officials and must adhere to the health and safety guidelines issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF–EID).

Source: Department of Tourism

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