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Laos, Afghanistan welcome Filipinos

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) yesterday said two new countries in Asia and the Pacific have lifted inbound restrictions on Filipino travelers, subject to flight availability and medical protocols.

The two countries are Laos and Afghanistan.

Malaysia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Nepal, Tajikistan, and Hong Kong have imposed stricter medical protocols and visa regulations for those who are exempt from entry restrictions.

Mongolia’s borders, meanwhile, remain open but inbound travelers in the country are now required to present negative COVID-19 test results and must have all applicable documents to support their visa status.

Japan, on the other hand, has gradually opened up inbound entry for students, dependents and technical interns but still prohibit entry of short-stay travelers, including tourists.

Previous information on travel restrictions for other countries and regions remain the same.

In view of these updates, the DFA reminded the public that information contained in the infographics is subject to change without prior and sufficient public notice.

Thus, the DFA told travelers to always check ahead of travel dates with airlines, as well as with relevant Embassies or Consulates before booking a ticket and before departure.