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DOT seeks return of South Korean tourists

Ghio Ong - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is inviting South Korean tourists to visit the country again, with assurance that the government has put in place the most lenient COVID-19 protocols for vacationers.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat met last week with officials of the South Korean government in Seoul to boost tourist arrivals from the Asian country.

“The Philippines is more than ready to welcome South Korean tourists,” Puyat said. “Our entry requirements are among the safest and most relaxed in Asia.”

With the number of new COVID-19 cases steadily dropping, the Philippines has welcomed fully vaccinated foreign tourists.

Foreign tourists are required to present negative RT-PCR test results taken before their arrival in the country.

Last month, South Korea was hit by a surge of COVID-19 cases.

“It is understandable that some may still be reluctant to travel amid the pandemic, but let me reassure you that the Philippines has instituted measures to keep everyone safe,” Puyat told the South Korean tourism executives.

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