Philippines to allow foreign travelers after 2 years of COVID restriction

Philippines to allow foreign travelers after 2 years of COVID restriction

Philippines to allow foreign travelers after 2 years of COVID restriction

The Philippines lifted a nearly 2-year ban on foreign travelers Thursday in a lifesaving boost for its tourism and related industries as an omicron-fueled surge eases.

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Foreign travelers from 157 countries with visa-free arrangements with the Philippines who have been fully vaccinated and tested negative for the virus will be welcomed back and will no longer be required to quarantine upon arrival.

The government also ended a risk classification system that banned travelers from the worst-hit countries.