The Philippines will open to international travellers next week

After nearly two years, vaccinated tourists can visit again – but there are still restrictions

Written by
Gerrish Lopez
Contributor, New Orleans
Marimegmeg Beach, Palawan, Philippines
Photograph: Shutterstock

Travellers hoping to visit the beautiful islands and beaches of the Philippines have had to shelve their plans for nearly two years due to Covid-19. But at long last, it’s time to get those plans back on track: the country will reopen its borders to foreign tourists, including Americans, on February 10.

As the Omicron wave subsides and vaccinations have increased, many countries have begun to ease restrictions on inbound travel. Joining Thailand and the Indonesian island of Bali, the Philippines is the latest Asian country to welcome travel-hungry tourists after postponing its initial plan to lift the entry ban on December 1, 2021. 

Vaccinated travelers can now enter the country without a required quarantine, though they will have to show proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 48 hours of departure and self-monitor for symptoms for seven days after arrival. Unvaccinated travellers are required to quarantine in a government facility, test negative for Covid-19 on the fifth day and then quarantine at home until the 14th day. Children under 18 are exempt from vaccination requirements.

For those who have been eagerly awaiting their chance to visit this vast country of tropical beaches, volcanic peaks, Unesco World Heritage sites and amazing food (or visit much-missed family members), the day has finally arrived! 

Planning a trip already? Here are the best things to do in the Philippines according to us.

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