Travel restrictions

Palace adviser says easing of travel restrictions aligns with ‘rampant mood’

FILE A security guard holding a sign reminding people of social distancing walks past Filipino foreign workers who were quarantined for weeks after returning home as they waited for return flights to their hometowns in across the country, at Manila International Airport o. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

MANILA, Philippines — The government’s decision to ease restrictions for fully vaccinated inbound travelers aligns with the proposal to adopt a “rampant mindset” on the COVID-19 pandemic, the presidential adviser said on Friday. for entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion.

According to Concepcion, changing quarantine protocols for fully vaccinated travelers will help the country sustain economic growth in the last quarter of 2021.

“This aligns with the proposal to adopt a shift from a pandemic mindset to an endemic mindset,” he said in a statement.

Fully vaccinated international passengers and returning Filipinos will no longer be required to undergo quarantine at the facilities upon arrival from February 1, according to Malacañang. It comes as the government suspends the ‘green’, ‘yellow’ and ‘red’ classification of countries and territories.

Fully vaccinated tourists from visa-free countries will also be allowed to enter the Philippines from February 10, under certain conditions.

Concepcion said the move will help revive the country’s tourism sector.

“We can now accommodate both leisure and business travellers, and this will translate into downstream benefits for our MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises),” he said.

Concepcion and OCTA researcher Fr. Nicanor Austriaco earlier instructed the inter-agency task force for the management of emerging infectious diseases to begin developing the country’s “exit plan” from the pandemic and easing international travel restrictions.


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