Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philippine government has lifted restrictions on non-essential outbound travel including tourism, the Palace said on July 7.
According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, the country’s COVID-19 task force made the decision on July 6.
Earlier, Roque said travel for tourism was still not allowed, but he then said travel would be allowed under certain conditions.
Conditions for non-essential outbound travel for Filipinos are as follows:
- You must submit confirmed roundtrip tickets if you’re using a tourist visa.
- You must have travel insurance to cover rebooking and accommodation fees and expenses.
- Your destination must allow Filipinos entry. You still cannot go to countries with an entry ban on Filipinos.
- You must declare that you know the risks of travelling during this time.
- You must follow COVID-19 guidelines upon your return, such as mandatory RT-PCR testing and a 14-day quarantine.
Roque said the new travel conditions will take effect 15 days after it is published in the Official Gazette.