Placing a green lane in airports for fully vaccinated foreigners would allow the country to reopen its tourist attractions to the benefit of struggling hotels and resorts, tour guides, operators and service providers, the Department of Tourism said.
Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat noted, “(This) will give the jobs back to many of our tourism workers and gradually revive the tourism industry under safe conditions.”
About 4.8 of the 5.7 million tourism workers, the DOT estimates, were displaced by the pandemic as coronavirus movement restrictions weakened the demand for travel activities.
Puyat said the Philippines needs to keep up with its tourism competitors in their move to lift border restrictions and allow the entry of vaccinated foreigners. At present, the country prohibits foreign nationals on leisure purposes to travel to the country.
Last year, there were only 1.48 million visitor arrivals in the Philippines, down 82% from 2019.