DOT eyes ‘green lane’ for fully vaccinated travelers to PH

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A policy reducing the quarantine period of fully vaccinated travelers to the Philippines is being pushed by the Department of Tourism to boost the tourism industry.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said Tuesday that their agency is proposing a “green lane” policy for vaccinated foreign tourists as well as returning Filipinos to gradually spur the economy under safe conditions.

According to Puyat, the DOT has been observing the travel protocols of some Asian countries like Hong Kong and Thailand, that are gradually reopening their borders to foreign travelers as well.

“In Thailand, if you’re fully vaccinated, it’s down from 10 days to 7 quarantine days…In Hong Kong, it’s also down from 21 days also to 7 days for fully vaccinated but coming from certain countries. So, we were thinking that if other countries are already doing it, it also should be discussed with the Department of Health, the health experts,” she said.

Puyat also expressed hope that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases will soon permit travel from the NCR Plus bubble to other provinces after getting tested negative for COVID-19.

“We are hoping by June 1 payagan lahat, basta may test for all,” she said.

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