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Philippines lifts ban on foreign tourists as outbreak eases

Virus Outbreak Philippines
Posted at 5:33 PM, Jan 28, 2022

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines will lift a ban on the entry of foreign tourists and businesspeople next month after nearly two years.

The move is expected to revive the battered tourism industry after the latest coronavirus outbreak fueled by the omicron variant started to ease.

Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat said Friday the country will reopen its doors to travelers from more than 150 countries with visa-free privileges starting Feb. 10.

Foreign guests will no longer be required to quarantine in government-designated centers if they have been fully vaccinated and tested negative prior to arrival.

Those who are unvaccinated, however, could face arrest if they defy orders and do not stay at home, the Associated Press reported.

The government had planned to lift the ban on Dec. 1 but postponed it as the omicron spread.