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Philippines lifts ban after 2 years, welcomes foreign tourists from 157 countries

The Philippines lifted a nearly 2-year ban on foreign travellers Thursday in a lifesaving boost for its tourism

Philippines lifts ban after 2 years, welcomes foreign tourists from 157 countries
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The Philippines lifted a nearly 2-year ban on foreign travellers Thursday in a lifesaving boost for its tourism and related industries as an omicron-fuelled surge eases.

Foreign travellers 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 travellers from the worst-hit countries.

The Philippines imposed one of the world's longest lockdowns and strictest police-enforced quarantine restrictions to quell a pandemic that caused its worst economic recession since the 1940s and pushed unemployment and hunger to record levels.

More than a million Filipinos lost their jobs in tourism businesses and destinations in the first year of the pandemic alone, according to government statistics. Tourism destinations, including popular beach and tropical island resorts, resembled ghost towns at the height of pandemic lockdowns, and a volcanic eruption and typhoons exacerbated losses.

The reopening had been set for Dec. 1 but was postponed as the highly contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus spread.

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