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Philippine authorities allow unvaccinated foreigners to enter Cebu

12.02.2022 107 просмотров

Travelers are required to present a negative PCR test taken no earlier than 48 hours prior to arrival.


The authorities of the Philippine province of Cebu allowed foreign travelers, including those who were not vaccinated against coronavirus, to arrive on the island of the same name from March 1. This was announced on Friday by the ABS-CBN media group.

According to the order of the Governor of Cebu ProvinceGwen Garcia, unvaccinated or partially immunized foreign travelers will be able to enter the island, provided they present a negative PCR test done 48 hours prior to departure, undergoing another test upon arrival on the island and being in a quarantine facility until receiving a second negative PCR test taken on the fifth day of isolation.

According to the representative of the Visayas Vaccination Center Jean Lorice, the decision to allow unvaccinated foreign travelers to Cebu was made taking into account the situation of the tourism industry in which it finds itself due to the pandemic. "We know that our tourism industry is dying along with hotels, tour operators and resorts," she explained.

According to the approved provisions of the interagency task force to combat COVID-19 in the Republic, from February 16, only fully vaccinated foreign travelers, contrary to the order of the Governor of Cebu. The republic's interior and local government ministry plans to discuss Garcia's decision with provincial officials. "Let's just wait and see what happens," continuedJean Loriche. "Local authorities believe that their decision will benefit the economy and the people who are here."

February 1 Philippines allowed entry to fully vaccinated travelers without going through quarantine. On February 10, the ban on the arrival of foreigners in the republic, which had been in effect for almost two years, was lifted. These are immunized passport holders of countries or territories who do not require a visa to enter the Philippines. Initially, the opening of the country was scheduled for December 2021, but the emergence and spread of the omicron strain of coronavirus shifted the government's plans.

On January 30, 2020, the first case of coronavirus infection was detected in the Philippines, whose population exceeds 109 million people. The total number of infected people in the republic has already exceeded 3.62 million, more than 3.47 million people have recovered, 54.7 thousand patients have died. At the moment, 59.1 million people have been fully vaccinated in the country.

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