October 22, 2021

IATF requested that the United States and Canada be included in the no-quarantine list

Joey Concepcion, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship, has welcomed the removal of mandatory quarantine from “green” countries but hopes that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Diseases (IATF-EID) will also relax restrictions for travelers from North America, which includes the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Concepcion said at Go Negosyo’s Bakuna Town Hall virtual meeting on October 15, 2021, that removing the required quarantine lowers costs for visitors and aids in the revitalization of the tourism industry.

However, since the Philippines is not a popular destination for nations on the green list, it may not be enough to help airlines and tourist businesses recover.

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“We’ve asked that they include North America, Canada, and certain European nations.” Because, as we can see, Thailand and Singapore are beginning to open up and re-define their nation levels, enabling America to enter. So, maybe, we’ll be able to reach that level,” Concepcion added.

He said that it would be appropriate for the Christmas season since many Filipinos in North America and Europe desire to return home.

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez has previously advocated for reducing the number of days required for foreign people to be quarantined in order to attract more international investors to come and search for business possibilities in the country.

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