Known worldwide for its breathtaking beaches and natural wonders, the Philippines offers unique experiences for all kinds of travelers looking to shake off the fatigue that comes with travel restrictions and closed borders. With appropriate health standards and procedures in place, visitors can be confident that safety is prioritized in this lovely island nation.
Listed by Forbes as one of seven countries with the potential to become significant travel destinations once COVID-19 is contained, here are some of the safe destinations to visit on your next travel adventure in the Philippines:
If you’re traveling to the Philippines, don’t forget to include a visit to the beach on your itinerary. One of the most popular and awarded destinations in the world, Boracay is an absolute must-see. Once you get into this island paradise, the beautiful white beaches, crystal blue sea, and warm and inviting sun await you.
Several hotels, restaurants, and other tourism facilities have finished their rehabilitation efforts on the island and are now ready to accommodate travelers who wish to experience island life.
On top of its activities and amenities, Boracay has been granted the SafeTravels Stamp by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) in recognition of its implementation of “health and hygiene global standardized protocols” that guarantee safe travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. SafeTravels is the stamp of approval given by the international organization to certify compliance with its global health standards to allow for safe travels.
Anilao in Mabini, Batangas is home to some of the Philippines’ most amazing marine life, making it a favorite diving destination for those who want a change of scenery from their usual routine. It is a popular site for divers to see marine species not seen anywhere else in the country. Divers from all over the globe are drawn to visit the months from November to May to take advantage of the fantastic and colorful under-the-sea life in Anilao waters.
Lastly, if you’re interested in experiencing “the sweet life,” visit Bacolod, the capital city of Negros Occidental, also known as the Philippines’ sugar capital.
Negros Occidental combines metropolitan preferences with a laid-back lifestyle. Stay at Casa Gamboa, have fun taking photos of The Ruins, and appreciate exhibits at the Bacolod Art District before settling down to enjoy some classic Visayan cooking from Emma Lacson’s House, Ann Co Cakes, and El Ideal Bakery.
The Philippines’ Department of Tourism (DOT) has proactively developed new public health and safety rules and regulations for the future arrival of tourists to ensure safe travels.
These safety guidelines and protocols include:
- Requiring travelers to be fully vaccinated and to present a legitimate vaccination card
- If not fully vaccinated, requiring negative COVID-19 tests
- Contactless payments and interactions in tourist establishments
- Staff and guests wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at all times
- Screening to determine where guests have been before arriving
- Mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival
When the world reopens, new and previously celebrated attractions around the country will be available for visitors worldwide to come and experience what makes the Philippines such a fun and memorable travel destination.
For the latest updates and travel advisories about the Philippines, please visit http://www.philippines.travel/safetrip or download the Travel Philippines app at the Google Play and App Store.