Tourists watch sunset before Boracay holiday island closure

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Tourists watch sunset before Boracay holiday island closure

Tourists watch sunset on sailboats one day before the temporary closure of the Boracay holiday island in the Philippines April 25, 2018, one day prior to the temporary closure of the holiday island in the Philippines. MANILA, Nov. 26, Reuters - The Philippines will reopen its borders to tourists from some countries on a trial basis from December 1, as part of efforts to rebuild an economy hit hard by the Pandemic, the government said on Friday.

Foreigners who have been vaccinated against COVID 19 from countries designated low risk by the Philippines will be allowed entry over an initial 15 day period, according to Karlo Nograles, acting presidential spokesperson.

Nograles said that the two-week window could be extended, and that is something we are doing step by step.

The Philippines, popular for its white sand beaches and rich marine life, shut its doors to foreign tourists at the beginning of the coronaviruses epidemic in early 2020.

Its tourism arrivals from top markets, Japan, South Korea and China fell by 83% to 1.4 million last year.