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Foreigners are allowed to restart Cebu tourism under IATF standards, according to Garcia.

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia cited the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATFnew )’s policy as the reason for the country’s opening to foreign nationals on February 10.

Garcia, who met with consuls from South Korea, Japan, and China on Monday, said the IATF Resolution 160-B, which was issued on February 3, will help the tourism industry in Cebu province recover from the pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and Typhoon Odette.

Officials from the Department of Tourism, Department of Health, Bureau of Quarantine, Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority, and GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation, as well as representatives from airline companies, the Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Association of Cebu (HRRAC), tour operators, and the Department of Tourism, Department of Health, Bureau of Quarantine, Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority, and GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation, attended the meeting at the provincial capitol.

According to Garcia, the goal of the discussion was to reconcile provincial government policy with IATF guidelines for accepting fully vaccinated foreign nationals.

“This is about the existence of various tourism-related sectors, so let’s make a decision here in Cebu, and I’ll take the lead.” “We allow foreign nationals who have received their valid immunization cards from visa-free nations to enter,” she stated.

Vaccination cards to be submitted upon arrival should have quick response (QR) numbers that can be validated in the country of origin’s database, according to Garcia.

“I will utilize the general welfare clause,” she added, “where it is my job to preserve the general welfare of the tourism industry and other tourism-related industries, which are now in a pandemic and are terribly, acutely, and critically harmed.”

In accordance with the IATF rules, Garcia said she will release a memorandum establishing new protocols for arriving foreigners.

All tourists must present a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test done within 48 hours of leaving their home country, according to the recommendations.

Quarantine in the facility will no longer be required, but seven days of self-monitoring of Covid-19 symptoms will be required.

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