It imposed some of Asia’s tightest entry requirements during the pandemic and has been one of the region’s worst hit countries in terms of cases, deaths and economic losses. Just over a quarter of its population has been vaccinated.
Neighbours Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia have also announced various degrees of reopening in recent weeks, after progress in vaccinating their local populations.
“Allowing tourists from green countries or territories that have the majority of its population vaccinated and with low infection rate, will greatly help in our recovery efforts,” tourism minister, Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, said in the statement.
The Philippines includes on its “green” list of approved countries Japan, China, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and India, among others.