Traveling under new normal in the Philippines is less restrictive for younger age groups.
After extensive lockdowns, many areas and countries are open to traveling again under the new normal. In the Philippines, the government pushes for the reopening of destinations to attract tourists. While the pandemic is still not over, traveling under the new normal is now allowed but with differences in transportation and safety measure protocols.
Lesser travel requirements
There are various requirements and documents needed depending on the area of the trip itineraries. Most destinations require vax certificates, negative RT-PCR test results, and S-Pass. These requirements may change depending on the current alert level of the destinations, so before traveling, tourists should check the latest news updates.
As of March 2022, the complete list of Philippine destinations open to fully vaxxed travelers can be found on this website: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1a_0H3bYeYZw8-Zh5J0lXH7GlpsBluIPA/view?usp=drivesdk.
Along with the prepared trip itineraries, tourists must also bring surgical masks that they should wear when traveling under the new normal. These masks are recommended to be changed every six hours. Double masking is an effective safety measure when inside indoor public transportation. Hand sanitizers, wipes, and alcohol will remain as essentials.
According to an article from the New York Times, many airlines will increase seating capacity for transportation compared to 2021 since many tourists will be traveling under the new normal. Airlines have also been bringing back old flight routes and new ones for traveling. Entry requirements differ for international travel spots and itineraries.
Hotels, popular trip itineraries, spots, and destinations offer promos for traveling. Destinations and traveling fare, and transportation prices also seem to cost lower. Safety measures are a priority in accommodations, with hotels coming up with innovative ways to lessen direct contact between guests and staff.
Parents are also expected to bring their children to many educational destinations and itineraries under the new normal since pediatric vaccination began in most areas. Educational traveling is also seen as an alternative to face-to-face classes.
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All details and information in this article are true and accurate as of the publication date. However, while we are making our utmost effort to keep our content as up-to-date as possible, the condition surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be unpredictable, and the situation develops rapidly. Hence, some information and recommendations may have changed since this article was published. For the latest advice, visit DOH and your LGU's official websites.
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