MANILA, PHILIPPINES — The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases’ (IATF-EID) has approved 12 more countries whose citizens are eligible for visa-free entry into the Philippines during the global pandemic.
The Department of Tourism (DOT) has applauded the IATF-EID’s recent decision to expand the list of accepted and recognized national COVID-19 vaccination certificates.
Below is the addition to the national COVID-19 vaccination certificates the task group already approved in prior resolutions:
- Brunei Darussalam
- Papua New Guinea
The national/state vaccination certificates of the now 157 countries that can visit the Philippines visa-free under Executive Order (EO) 408 will be accepted and recognized as other proofs of vaccination. They are part of the entry requirements to the Philippines, according to IATF-EID Resolution No. 162.
The same resolution also instructed the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) One Stop Shop (OSS) to accept only IATF-EID-recognized vaccination certificates.
“The DOT commits to working with other member agencies of the IATF-EID in making the travel process and requirements to the country easier for “BalikBayans” and foreign tourists alike. This move will greatly help in restoring jobs under the heavily impacted tourism industry,” Tourism chief Berna Romulo-Puyat said on Saturday.
“We’re grateful to the IATF-EID for this pattern as we aim to provide as seamless as possible for our travellers from visa-free countries. We watch for opening our doors to companies from all over the set aside the sphere, but needless to mumble, with the entire, wanted health and security protocols on the web page,” the tourism chief added. – WhatALife!