TOKYO – The Philippines received the award as the Best Overseas Diving Area in the Marine Diving Awards 2020 held recently in Tokyo. Eligible Passengers For Travel To The Philippines. It’s official—the Philippine International Dive Expo (PHIDEX) is back for its 2nd edition through a digital platform from October 9 to 11, 2020. 6768: Filipino citizens’ foreign spouses and children, regardless of age, who are traveling with the Filipino citizen; A National Geologic Monument, these unique, rock formations were cast after million years of evolution. As of May 7, 2020, all travelers arriving in the Philippines are required to undergo a COVID-19 RT-PCR or rapid antibody tests. Terrorist and armed groups may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities. Because of its high altitude, Banaue is often described as "where land merges with the clouds to meet the heavens" with the rice terraces as "the stairway to the sky.". Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions in the Philippines – updated 9 November, 2020 Borders remain closed to foreign travelers until further notice. Some areas have increased risk. Please visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on entry/exit requirements related to COVID-19 in the Philippines.. U.S. citizens must have a visa to enter the Philippines for all travel purposes, including tourism. Chocolate Hills is a series of 1,268 perfectly symmetrical, haycock-shaped hills that rise some 30 meters above the ground. The Philippine government maintains a state of emergency and greater police presence in the Cotabato City area, and in the Maguindanao, North Cotabato, and Sultan Kudarat provinces. Marawi City in Mindanao â€“ Level 4: Do Not Travel. Tesla 2020 deliveries beat estimates, but fall just short of Musk's target January 04, 2021 Flight attendant, natagpuang patay sa isang hotel sa Makati City January 03, 2021 Pope Francis criticizes people going on holiday to flee COVID lockdowns January 03, 2021 'PBB Connect': Russu ends journey as housemate January 03, 2021 Tricycle driver si mister, engineer naman si misis-to-be January 03, 2021 The Department of Tourism (DOT) is pulling out all the stops to ensure that health and safety measures are in place in the country's tourist destinations and to reassure all stakeholders of government support as the industry prepares to slowly reopen. Learn more about the Philippine Government, its structure, how government works and the people behind it. To usher in the Domestic Tourism Campaign in this holiday season, the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Philippines, launched “Pasko Na!”, an Audio Video Presentation (AVP) promoting traditional Filipino Christmas practices through Ryan Cayabyab’s original composition that spreads positivity and holiday cheer while aptly reminding of health and safety protocols. You are about to leave travel.state.gov for an external website that is not maintained by the U.S. Department of State. The Department of Tourism (DOT) remains optimistic that the Philippines will regain the tourists' trust in the country as a safe and viable tourism destination sooner, and hasten recovery of the country's tourism industry. The app provides users access to the latest travel advisories and safety guidelines in various destinations that have reopened to tourism. Panglao is a perfect for a great dive and beach holiday. The Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park teems with 300 coral species, 46 coral genera, 7 seagrass species, 71 algae species; large marine life, dolphins, marine turtles; and seabirds. 2020-001-B (v.5)-AMENDED IMPLEMENTING RULES AND REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE OPERATION OF HOTELS AND OTHER ACCOMMODATION ESTABLISHMENTS DURING THE PERIOD OF ENHANCED COMMUNITY QUARANTINE, DOT MC No. The Bureau of Immigration (BI) will lift the antigen test requirement for travelers leaving the Philippines starting November 1. To upgrade tourism education and skills training in the country, the Department of Tourism (DOT) has closed ranks with the Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and the Tourism Industry Board Foundation, Inc. (TIBFI). As local government leaders of Zambales start to prepare to reopen provincial borders to local visitors, the Department of Tourism (DOT) vowed to provide additional assistance that would intensify health and safety protocols in the province. Siargao to reopen to tourists on 23 November; nighttime COVID-19 curfew in place; flights to island to resume on 1 December (CNN, 20.11.2020). The Department of Tourism (DOT) welcomes President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s signing of Executive Order (EO) 118, today, November 4, directing the Department of Health (DOH), in coordination with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), to ensure the accessibility and affordability of COVID-19 tests and test kits for all. Now that the Philippines has reopened several tourist destinations after many months of closure, it’s time to show the country how to smile again. The Department of Tourism (DOT) disclosed on Thursday (Sept. 17) some details of the loan program for tourism MSMEs that is being finalized with the Small Business Corporation (SB Corp) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). 2020-006-GUIDELINES ON THE OPERATIONS OF ACCOMMODATION ESTABLISHMENTS FOR STAYCATION PURPOSES UNDER A GENERAL COMMUNITY QUARANTINE, DOT AO No. "The partnership of the public and private sector to ensure the safety and sustainability of tourism should be a model for other island destinations in the country," Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said during the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force BIATF meeting in Boracay on June 11, 2020. Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo–Puyat said the tourism industry is ready to face the reality and daunting challenges of the "new normal," referring to new standards and protocols for safe and responsible tourism that will direct its path to recovery. MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines will be targeting higher-spending tourists as it moves forward under a new normal. The Department of Tourism (DOT), as co-vice chair of the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) slams the irresponsible mass gathering at the Casa de Arte, Sitio Cagban, Barangay Manoc-Mano in Boracay recently. (section 4). The Department of Tourism's food and travel festival, Kain Na!, is back and is prepared to serve exciting culinary tourism delights that everyone can enjoy online and in the comfort of their homes from September 15-18. It is one of the world's best known marine sanctuaries. Tourism enterprises can now apply online for accreditation with the Department of Tourism (DOT) with the launch of its Online Accreditation System. The list was made in light of the pandemic, stating that "…while the world waits to find out when we can travel again, now is the time to think about a future summer holiday visiting one of the world's best beaches.". The easy-to-use platform allows users to create itineraries for their future trips, find up-to-date information on their favorite tourist attractions, and securely store digital copies of travel documents. 2020-001. The third edition of the month-long creative festival kicked off with a grand opening on November 6, 2020 at the Baguio Convention Center and was also livestreamed on Facebook. BORACAY — The reopening of Boracay, the Philippines’ top destination, to new market sources signals the safe and gradual revival of the country’s tourism industry amid the pandemic, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said Thursday (Oct. 1). NEWS COMMENTARIES. MANILA, Philippines – Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat reaffirmed the country's commitment to the regional tourism cooperation of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on the road to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Tourism (DOT) welcomes and supports the reopening of another premiere destination- Siargao Island. "Kadayawan sa Dabaw" is Davao City's premier festival and showcases the natural and cultural bounty of the land. Boracay Island, with its sugary white sand beaches and azure blue waters, is located on the northwestern tip of Panay, Western Visayas. The Department of Tourism (DOT) celebrates the news that two of our prime destinations – Palawan and Boracay, have made it to Big 7 Travel’s list of the 50 Most Beautiful Places in the World (https://bigseventravel.com/2020/10/50-most-beautiful-places-in-the-world/), ranking 8th and 18th, respectively. The award-giving body also declared the Philippine Department of Tourism as this year’s leading tourist board in Asia, besting 11 nominated countries. 2020-001-IMPLEMENTING GUIDELINES ON PROVIDING FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AND CASH-FOR-WORK PROGRAM FOR DISPLACED WORKERS IN TOURISM SECTOR, REGIONAL FOCAL PERSONS FOR PROVISION OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE/CASH FOR WORK UNDER BAYANIHAN ACT 2, DOT MC No. It operates under Bucketlist Publishing Corporation, a company specializing in industry and trade print media. There is an undeniable easy atmosphere in Boracay where walking barefoot than shod is the rule rather than the exception. BAGUIO CITY – The Department of Tourism (DOT) welcomes the decision of the local government unit (LGU) of Baguio City to open its doors to guests from Luzon, particularly the National Capital Region (NCR) and Regions 2 and 3, starting on October 22, 2020, noting that the anticipated influx of tourists will generate tourism activities that will spur a swifter recovery of the industry. The Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Small Business Corporation (SB Corp) today (October 12) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to finalize the CARES for Tourism Rehabilitation and Vitalization of Enterprises and Livelihood ( TRAVEL) program that will extend loan assistance to micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) from the tourism industry. Baguio City – Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat announced that about 27,000 qualified displaced tourism workers in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) have been endorsed by the DOT to receive the P5,000.00 cash assistance under the DOT-DOLE Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2020-001-B - Amended IRR on Hotel Operations, ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. While travel restrictions are still in place, for both domestic and foreign travel, the Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) has been maintaining its presence online with its most recent digital campaign, “Wake Up in the Philippines” and its microsite philippines.travel/safeph for relevant updates on tourism-related sectors in the Philippines. Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III on Friday (October 30) signed the DOT-DOLE Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. Puyat was among the 12 leaders who attended the meeting held via tele-conference. The game preserve and wildlife sanctuary on Calauit Island is straight out of Africa. The Department of Tourism (DOT) will team up with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to promote farm tourism and help the country's tourism industry recover from the COVID–19 pandemic. The Department of Tourism (DOT) in an advisory directed hotel operators and their ancillary establishments to submit detailed documentation on their safety protocols for their food preparation services. The Department of Tourism (DOT) has released Memorandum Circular No 2020-004 or the "New Normal Health and Safety Guidelines for DOT–Accredited Restaurants" that will cover the areas of Management; Configuration and Set–up; Employees; Customers; Service and other Procedure; Delivery; and Sanitation, Disinfection, Safety Measure, and others. MANILA— The Department of Tourism (DOT) welcomes the decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) through the ratification of IATF Resolution No. It is a small island on the Philippines southwest of the bigger island, Bohol. The Board of Trustees of the Philippine Retirement Agency (PRA), an attached agency of the Department of Tourism (DOT), has directed the PRA to suspend the issuance of the Special Retirees Residence Visa (SRRV) pending the review and amendments of the policies on age and visa deposit requirements. Lifeguards will not be the only ones on patrol when the beaches and resorts reopen for business under the tourism industry’s “new normal.” Safety marshalls will also be on site to ensure physical distancing. satisfies Christmas Cravings on fourth leg, DOT, TPB promote Pinoy Christmas through music, DOT bats for uniform LGU travel requirements, DOT to assist Zambales in safe and gradual tourism reopening, DOT launches webinar training on Reducing Single-use Plastics for hospitality sector, DOT, MakatiMed Foundation forge partnership for tourism destination health security, DOT presents virtual concert to promote Manila’s cultural heritage sites, Puyat visits Batangas, shores up dive tourism, Statement of the DOT on Cebu resort incident, Puyat encourages affected tourism workforce to avail of the expanded DOT-DOLE financial assistance, DOT backs enhanced contact tracing; announces low-cost COVID tests with UP-PGH for Boracay-bound tourists, DOT Aims for Data-Driven Response to Tourism Recovery Under New Normal with Survey, DOT welcomes Coron's reopening on Dec. 1 with health and safety measures in place, DOT celebrates PH's victory as World's Leading Dive Destination and Tourist Attraction for Intramuros in 2020, DOT launches “Have a Safe Trip, Pinas” to promote safe travels and support tourism workers, DOT welcomes IATF decision to allow balikbayans, DOT chief visits Baguio City, touts cultural tourism with creative crawls, Ridge and Reef travel corridor expands to Ilocos Sur, DOT welcomes reopening of PHL’s surfing capital, Siargao, Statement of the Department of Tourism (DOT), DOT lauds Ibagiw 2020, Baguio’s Creative City Festival, DOT allows operation of 7,200 hotels, resorts, DOT partners with Nissan to promote ‘Safe Trips’, DOT inks MOU on tourism education, training, STATEMENT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM ON PRRD’S SIGNING OF EO 118, DOT’s KAIN NA! Frequently Asked Questions. MANILA, 2 June 2020: The Philippines’ Department of Tourism at the weekend welcomed the resumption of travel and other activities in places under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ). 2020-003_GUIDELINES ON THE OPERATIONS OF MICE ORGANIZERS AND VENUES OR FACILITIES UNDER A MODIFIED GENERAL COMMUNITY QUARANTINE, DOT MC No. MANILA (December 1, 2020) -- The Department of Tourism (DOT), in collaboration with Guide to the Philippines and the Asian Institute of Management (AIM)-Dr. Andrew L. Tan Center launched a follow-up survey on Philippine Travelers' sentiments in the new normal. Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information. Philippines now allows travel ‘for … All the #Philippines #news you need to know for July 7, 2020. Manila, Philippines - The Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Philippines launched Travel Philippines, the country’s official travel companion, today, 30 October 2020. The tourism industry will recover well from three months of quarantine and restore the jobs lost by millions of Filipinos dependent on the industry. Travelers must receive a visa from a Philippine embassy or consulate prior to traveling to the Philippines. This tropical-island getaway endowed with a variety of colors from its beach, hotels, resorts, nightlife, music, food, drinks will guarantee to spice up every tourist. ILOCOS NORTE – Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat announced that the Ridge and Reef Corridor heralds another milestone in the country’s bid to spur domestic tourism recovery. 2020-002-A_AMENDED HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDELINES GOVERNING THE OPERATIONS OF ACCOMMODATION ESTABLISHMENTS UNDER THE NEW NORMAL, ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO 2020-001 - IRR on Hotel Operations, ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. Not following fully the traditional Spanish urban town plan of situating the church as the focus of the central town plaza, the location of the Nuesta Señora De La Asunción church and convent in Sta. The Department of Tourism (DOT) welcomes the decision of the Municipal Government of El Nido to ease its travel restrictions starting October 30, allowing tourists to enter the island under a test-before-travel policy. Tour guides, travel agents, hoteliers, transport operators, souvenir makers, restaurateurs and retailers lost jobs and clients. The Department of Tourism (DOT) celebrates the inclusion of Hidden Beach in El Nido, Palawan in Condé Nast Traveller's (CNT) "The 30 Best Beaches in the World" feature. At least 84 domestic tourists stranded in Eastern Visayas since last March finally returned home with the assistance of the Department of Tourism (DOT) in joint efforts with other agencies and local government units (LGUs). U.S. DEPARTMENT of STATE — BUREAU of CONSULAR AFFAIRS, The Sulu Archipelago, including the southern Sulu Sea, due to. In February, before the worldwide lockdown was set in place, the Philippines was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the 25 Top Places recommended for American Retirees in the year 2020. Travelers need to fill out health declaration cards and must submit to thermal scanning and medical assessment at the airport. 2020-007-A-AMENDED GUIDELINES GOVERNING THE OPERATIONS OF TRAVEL AND TOUR AGENCIES, AND TOUR GUIDES UNDER COMMUNITY QUARANTINE, DOLE-DOT JOINT MEMORANDUM CIRCULAR No. Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat welcomes the adoption of the Antigen Testing as a way to determine if Baguio City's visitors are COVID-19 free. The Department of Tourism (DOT) sets forth to satisfy holiday cravings for Filipino cuisine through its fourth installment of the KAIN NA! The Department of Tourism (DOT) reaches out to tourism workers who were affected by the closure of establishments or those which scaled down operations, to immediately avail of the expanded financial assistance as part of the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act interventions to address the pandemic’s impact on Philippine tourism. The Department of Tourism (DOT) expresses its deep gratitude to the Bicameral Conference Committee for approving the allocation of 10 billion pesos for the tourism industry under the Bayanihan To Recover As One or the Bayanihan 2 Bill. Built of local yellow-orange sandstone, the large fortress-church was completed in 1797. The Commission on Audit (COA) Renders an “Unqualified Opinion” over the Department of Tourism's Financial Statements as of December 31, 2019. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in the Sulu Archipelago and Sulu Sea as U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel to those areas. 2020 was a difficult year for the industry. 01 Series 2020 Proposed DOT Department Order Amending Sections 91 and 99, Rule VII of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. MANILA, Philippines – Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat reaffirmed the country's commitment to the regional tourism cooperation of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on the road to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. 2020-002 - Guidelines Under Community Quarantine, MEMORANDUM CIRCULAR NO. The Department of Tourism (DOT) has released the Health and Safety Guidelines Governing the Operations of Accommodation Establishments under the New Normal, indicating quite a number of significant changes in the country's frontline tourist services. The evolving crisis and in anticipation of other challenges, the Department of Tourism (DOT) and its attached agencies are making sure that Philippine tourism remains competitive, adapts well and takes advantage of the digital revolution. Philippines Latest News: All British flights banned from Philippines starting 24 December (Reuters, 22.12.2020). The Department of Tourism (DOT) throws its unequivocal support to the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to temporarily suspend all flights from the United Kingdom (UK) starting Thursday, December 24, 2020 until December 31, 2020. 2020-006-A-AMENDED GUIDELINES ON THE OPERATIONS OF ACCOMMODATION ESTABLISHMENTS FOR STAYCATION PURPOSES UNDER A GENERAL COMMUNITY QUARANTINE, DOT MC No. 85 which includes the provision on allowing balikbayans’ entry to the Philippines. Cebu and Visayas Islands have been named Top Island in Asia, leading three other Philippine islands in the top ten of the Conde Naste Traveler's (CNT) 2020 Readers' Choice Awards. Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat issued a reminder to “staycation hotels,” to adhere to the guidelines and protocols set by the Department of Tourism (DOT) and ensure a memorable and safe staycation of guests taking a break from months of quarantine. With the hampered travel movement brought about by the COVID–19 pandemic situation, work and play are inevitably done online. Int'l. As the Philippines grapples with Covid-19, the Department of Tourism (DOT) has projected a loss of revenue of about US$849 million between February and April 2020. MANILA – Over 1,000 domestic tourists who were stranded in various tourist destinations in the country have returned home, mostly in Metro Manila, with the assistance of the Department of Tourism (DOT). Manila, Philippines - The Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Philippines launched Travel Philippines, the country’s official travel companion, today, 30 October 2020. 2020-004-GUIDELINES GOVERNING THE OPERATIONS OF DOT-ACCREDITED RESTAURANTS UNDER THE NEW NORMAL, DOT AO No. Lying in the heart of Cebu is the island of Mactan. The Philippines’ dive sites and Intramuros once again bagged accolades at the 27th World Travel Awards. ILOCOS SUR – Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat was among the first guests of Ilocos Sur as the province reopened to visitors, this time including tourists from Metro Manila. The Department of Tourism (DOT) welcomes the amended guidelines from the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EIMD) regarding the more liberal interzonal and intrazonal movement of persons traveling between destinations under general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified general community quarantine (MGCQ). Cebu is the traveler's fantasy of a tropical island come true - balmy weather, pristine beaches, crystalline waters, and luxurious resorts with all the frills of modern living. If you decide to travel to the Philippines: The Sulu Archipelago and Sulu Sea – Level 4: Do Not Travel. MANILA, 23 July 2020: The majority of tourism players in the Philippines remains optimistic that their businesses will return to normal within six months to a year, the Philippines News Agency reported Tuesday. Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park lies in the Saint Paul Mountain Range, 81 kilometers from the center of Puerto Princesa City, but is still within the city boundaries. This year’s theme, “Tourism and Rural Development,” is particularly relevant to our country as many of our rural areas depend on tourism but have been adversely affected by the pandemic. 2020-007 HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDELINES GOVERNING THE OPERATION OF ISLAND AND BEACH DESTINATIONS UNDER THE NEW NORMAL, DOT AO No. 2020-068-A-AMENDING THE DEPARTMENT ORDER ON THE CREATION OF AN INTER-SECTORAL TEAM FOR THE VALIDATION OF READINESS OF LOCAL TOURISM DESTINATIONS, DOT DEPARTMENT ORDER No. The Department of Tourism (DOT) calls on divers to dust off their masks, fins, snorkels, regulators, and other gear as popular dive sites in Batangas prepare to welcome tourists. We must make the transition to digital and online for our industry to survive. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat expressed confidence that an imaginative Filipino gastronomy will remain a strong pillar of the country’s tourism industry under the new normal. During the height of the Spanish colonial era in the 18th and 19th centuries, Vigan or Ciudad Fernandina de Vigan was the third most important city after Manila and Cebu. Philippines morning news for February 18 By Stella-maris Ewudolu on February 18, 2020 26 Filipinos in Japan, 1 Filipino in UAE confirmed to have COVID-19 The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed that the total number of Filipinos overseas who had been infected with the dreaded coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has now reached 27. Arriving In Manila. More than 10,000 jobs in the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry would be made available to displaced tourism workers nationwide this month. MANILA -- The Philippines, through the Department of Tourism (DOT), successfully hosted the virtual edition of the 3rd International Conference on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Mutual Recognition Arrangement on Tourism Professionals (ASEAN MRA-TP) that is expected to largely influence the Department’s Tourism Response and Recovery Plan (TRRP), particularly its human resource component. 2020-007-GUIDELINES GOVERNING THE OPERATIONS OF TRAVEL AND TOUR AGENCIES, AND TOUR GUIDES UNDER COMMUNITY QUARANTINE, DOT AO No. The Department of Tourism supports Coron, Palawan’s decision to ease its travel restrictions starting December 1, 2020, allowing local tourists from ages 15 to 65 years old to enter the island under a test-before-travel policy. Terrorist and armed groups continue to conduct kidnappings on land and at sea for ransom, bombings, and other attacks targeting U.S. citizens, foreigners, civilians, local government institutions, and security forces. 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