MALACAÑANG hinted at the possibility of allowing foreigners to enter the country soon to enable the tourism industry to get back on its feet.
According to presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has formed a technical working group to formulate guidelines seen to guarantee safety nets.
The technical working group would include the departments of Tourism, Health, Justice, Information and Communications Technology, Transportation, Labor and Employment, Trade and Industry, the bureaus of Quarantine and Immigration; the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration; and the National Task Force Against COVID-19.
Roque said that the IATF is acting on the Tourism department’s request for the establishment of a green lane which would facilitate entry of foreigners – but only if they have completed the dose required to be immune from the risk of being infected with the deadly virus from Wuhan, China.
In a statement, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat said: “The green lane will pave the way for the reopening of our tourist destinations to leisure travelers who are now fully vaccinated. It will give the jobs back to many of our tourism workers and gradually revive the tourism industry under safe conditions.”
To date, the Philippine government maintains a travel ban with some exceptions.
Domestic tourism is also allowed, but on a limited scale.