DOT says Alert Level 3 good for tourism jobs and businesses

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Thursday said the easing of quarantine classification to Alert Level 3 is good for tourism jobs and businesses.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) placed the National Capital Region (NCR) under Alert Level 3 from October 16 to 31, 2021.

DOT Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat in a statement said the new quarantine classification is timely especially with the approaching holiday season.

“Family gatherings are part of the Filipino culture, which makes this an important period for leisure travels and bookings,” Puyat said

“The resumption of tourism-related activities in select areas will not only aid hotels and establishments in gradually earning revenue, but will also translate into the restoration of jobs for our displaced tourism workers, especially now that the holiday season is fast approaching,” she added.

Under the Alert Level 3 guidelines dine-in services in restaurants as well as venues for meetings, social events, and tourist attraction shall be allowed to operate at a maximum of 30% indoor capacity for fully vaccinated individuals only. Outdoor venue capacity will be at 50% regardless of vaccination status.

Meanwhile, specialized markets of the DOT such as staycations shall be allowed at 100 percent operational capacity under Alert Level 3. Under the amended guidelines, only DOT-accredited staycation hotels with the Safety Seal certification will be allowed to accommodate staycation guests. AAC

Less quarantine days for travelers good for tourism recovery — DOT

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Less quarantine days for travelers would help the country’s tourism industry recover from the negative impacts of the pandemic, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Friday.

DOT Secretary Berna Romulo- Puyat said the department welcomes the decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases’ (IATF-EID) to reduce the quarantine period for travelers from both “green” and “yellow list” countries or those with low and medium infections.

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“The reduction of the mandatory quarantine period for inbound travelers is an encouraging development for the country’s tourism industry,” she said on Friday (October 8).

“The easing of travel restrictions, particularly quarantine protocols, is a promising development as we inch closer to our goal of making the prospect of travel more appealing to our potential visitors. The faster we are able to adjust to this situation, the faster we can bounce back better and regain our position in the global tourism market,” she added.

Under the IATF resolution, vaccinated travelers can leave quarantine facilities as early as five days after arrival while unvaccinated persons can go home seven days after arrival. Travelers should also have negative result for the RT-PCR COVID-19 test taken on the fifth and seventh day. They can complete their remaining quarantine in their own home.

However, the tourism department clarified that general inbound tourism is still not allowed. Eligible inbound passengers are limited to returning Filipinos and balikbayans, their families, and foreigners with valid visas. AAC


DOT backs call to shorten quarantine period for fully vaccinated individuals

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Tourism (DOT) supports the call of President Rodrigo Duterte to shorten the quarantine period for fully vaccinated individuals.

Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat said shortening the quarantine period would help in the recovery of the tourism industry.

“This is a crucial step towards the eventual resumption of international travel once our borders reopen, leading to the recovery of the pandemic-hit sector,” she said.

“Tourism had been a major driver of the Philippine economy until the pandemic shut down the global travel industry in 2020,” she added.

The tourism department previously set up a green lane circuits with countries that have zero to low COVID-19 transmission.

Fully vaccinated inbound travelers that stayed exclusively in  countries classified under the “green list” for 14 days immediately prior to arrival in the Philippines qualify for seven-day facility-based quarantine.

Puyat said shortening quarantine periods would also help overseas Filipinos to be reunited with their families, especially during the holidays.

“This move to ease quarantine restrictions is also important to our kababayans who have been longing to be reunited with their families as the holiday season approaches,” she said. AAC


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