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Confusion at Canadian airports: Few details on COVID-19 testing rules for travellers
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Confusion at Canadian airports: Few details on COVID-19 testing rules for travellers

EDMONTON, December 2, 2021 — Confusion has been growing at some Canadian airports that say they want more direction from the federal government since it changed COVID-19 testing rules for travellers. As health officials from around the world warned about the new Omicron variant, Ottawa announced earlier this week that all air passengers entering Canada,...

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Philippines halts inbound tourism for public health, safety

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Tuesday supported the pandemic task force’s decision to suspend the entry of foreign tourists to the Philippines, saying public health and safety remain a priority. The Philippines originally planned to allow the entry of fully vaccinated foreigners to the country from December 1 to 15 but opted to...

Southern African leaders slam travel bans over Omicron
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Southern African leaders slam travel bans over Omicron

JOHANNESBURG – Southern African leaders have expressed disappointment over decisions taken by several countries to ban travel from half a dozen Southern African Development Community member states (SADC) following the detection of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus. “The unilateral travel bans now imposed on SADC countries by the United Kingdom, European Union, United States,...

Quarantine shortened for vaccinated OFWs, balikbayans: Department of Tourism
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Quarantine shortened for vaccinated OFWs, balikbayans: Department of Tourism

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Friday said the hotel quarantine period for fully vaccinated returning overseas Filipinos, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), and balikbayans from yellow countries will be reduced from five to just three days starting November 22. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said that fully vaccinated balikbayans from yellow countries with pre-departure testing within 72 hours...

Camiguin, Boracay scrap swab test for fully vaxxed guests
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Camiguin, Boracay scrap swab test for fully vaxxed guests

MANILA – Camiguin and two other destinations are scrapping the swab test requirement for fully vaccinated visitors, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Saturday. In a statement, the agency said Camiguin will start accepting vaccination cards in lieu of a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction test result starting Monday, November 15, while Boracay and Guimaras will...

All lanes open Monday at Canada-U.S. land border, but PCR test still a drag on travel
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All lanes open Monday at Canada-U.S. land border, but PCR test still a drag on travel

WASHINGTON — The southbound lanes on the road to North America’s post-pandemic recovery will finally reopen Monday as the United States ends nearly 20 months of controversial COVID-19 exile and allows fully vaccinated travellers to cross the Canada-U.S. land border. As of midnight, non-essential traffic will resume moving in both directions for the first time...

Border restrictions and entry requirements to Canada will remain in effect until November 21, 2021
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Border restrictions and entry requirements to Canada will remain in effect until November 21, 2021

The current border restrictions and entry requirements to Canada will remain in effect until November 21, 2021. As of September 7, 2021, fully vaccinated travellers from any country can enter Canada for discretionary reasons, if they meet specific requirements. Fully vaccinated travellers must show proof that they received a full series of a Government of...