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I'm an optimist, but IMHO, I don't foresee foreign tourists be allowed to enter the PI for several more years.

The well known attitude here is no back to normal until a vaccine. The PI will not open for foreigner arrivals the day after a vaccine is available. There will likely be an observation period to measure the degree of immunity which could lasts months or years.

The PI had over 8 million tourist arrivals in 2019 and was targeting 9.2 million in 2020. https://businessmirror.com.ph/2019/1...reign-tourist/

Foolish to think they will permit millions of arrivals from all over the planet until some scientific based degree of immunity or the extinction of Covid-19. The PI will likely do a long study which could take months or years on which countries they will allow to visit as tourists based on each countries vaccination effectiveness to it's citizens.
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The PI will not open for foreigner arrivals the day after a vaccine is available. There will likely be an observation period to measure the degree of immunity which could lasts months or years.

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My thinking is just about the opposite of that. I think that as soon as a vaccine is in widespread distribution that the Philippines will reopen pretty quickly.

The tourism sector is very important and has been hid very hard here. I am in a tourist area and many places that could open have not. Not for reasons associated with fear of the virus but from lack of customers.

My dive shop that I go to is now happy with getting 10 tanks a day (10 individual dives, often only 5 different divers) where they were once doing up to 50 to 60 tanks. Some days they only are getting 5 tanks, they now close Sundays when they were 7 days before.We go diving and do not see other dive boats at a site when 3 or 4 boats were common. Boats limited to 50% of previous capacity.

The government has pretty well run out of money to support a lockdown without a lot of social implications, they need to open the economy very quickly or they could be facing serious consequences.

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That is what my Asawa's sister and her American Fiancee are checking into. They are discussing meeting in Costa Rica, Panama, Belize, or somewhere in that area, getting hitched there and then trying to proceed on to the states. Each Country has their own travel restrictions and quarantines in place so it is quite a mess if even possible.

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Are filipinos allowed to travel, I thought that had been stopped.

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I don't know anything about it, all I know is that she said they are discussing it and he is looking into the possibility. She is here at our house about 4 times a week and they jabber in Tagalog constantly so what I hear about is what my wife tells me later.

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That is what my Asawa's sister and her American Fiancee are checking into. They are discussing meeting in Costa Rica, Panama, Belize, or somewhere in that area, getting hitched there and then trying to proceed on to the states. Each Country has their own travel restrictions and quarantines in place so it is quite a mess if even possible.
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Perhaps he can do a virtual marriage via zoom or skype?

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Perhaps he can do a virtual marriage via zoom or skype?
What comes next, a virtual honeymoon?

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I'm an optimist, but IMHO, I don't foresee foreign tourists be allowed to enter the PI for several more years.

The well known attitude here is no back to normal until a vaccine. The PI will not open for foreigner arrivals the day after a vaccine is available. There will likely be an observation period to measure the degree of immunity which could lasts months or years.
While I can see where you are coming from I highly doubt this will happen. It will devastate the fragile tourism industry there -a sector which brings in gazillions of $$$ and even more so from foreign visitors.

The govt knows very well it will one day have to make the call on opening and injecting much needed cash into the country vs. how big the threat of incoming infections is.

It is not an easy choice for any govt but I feel they will impose very strict entry procedures and maybe open in a years time.

We all know that testing is a single-point event. You can get tested today, hear that its a negative result and then get infected that same evening because you touched a door handle and then rubbed the corner of your eye because of an itch.

I feel we will for many many years to come just have to learn to live with C19 always lurking in the background. Until a vaccine removes it.

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Seems like they want to kill the economy for a long time! Most likely, what the Philippines will have to worry about is finding countries that will allow their tourists to come here.

Related to that, Subic Freeport put these tourist guidelines out yesterday. See attachment. Why would anyone want to be a "tourist" for more than 2 nights if they have to quarantine for 14 days? The 2 night requirements are a hassle too!
To make things worse or more confusing...not everyone is following the same rules that were outlined. Bohol was officially identified and approved as one of these Department of Tourism"TRAVEL BUBBLES" and some foreigners have already been allowed here!

Every where I am reading the same information...NO tourists allowed to travel here...and then:

I met two guys from Germany on Sunday at McDonald's during breakfast and had a lengthy conversation with them, (they noticed my PADI scuba patch on my jacket and asked me about the area dive sites). They told me they were required to purchase a round trip ticket, proof of pre-paid reservations for their room during their entire stay, and they were not allowed to exit the airport in Manila and were restricted to no contact with anyone in the airport and transferred directly to their gate and flight to Panglao, Bohol and came straight here. They had to have had an approved PCR Test from their originating country showing they were negative for the virus AND take another PCR Test upon arrival here in Bohol. They were only quarantined until the results of the test were made available, which the two guys said was only one and a half days and then they were allowed out...roaming free around the Province of Bohol.

They came here to go scuba diving and swim with the whale sharks and said they were actually enjoying their stay so far and the restrictions were not too bad...but I am not so sure how that will go after someone contacts the virus and either brings it here or takes it back home with them...
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Department of Tourism"TRAVEL BUBBLES" and some foreigners have already been allowed here.
Has anyone seen any (official) info about where there are or will be (soon) travel bubbles for people arriving from OUTSIDE the Philippines?

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