In 2019, Japan was one of the top source countries for foreign tourist arrivals in the Philippines, with over 600,000 Japanese tourists visiting the country. However, the tourism industry in the Philippines, as well as the rest of the world, has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a necessary measure to contain the spread of the virus, the Philippine government has extended its travel restrictions on all foreign travelers until the end of April 2021. With the current state of the pandemic, it’s difficult to say if the ban will be lifted as the memorandum indicated or will be extended again.
Visa services in the Philippines have also been temporarily halted, and no new visas are being released at this time. Passport holders with visa-free travel are unable to use their passports under the current circumstances.
The pandemic has caused us to miss all the fun we could experience in the Philippines including the unique cuisine, beautiful beaches, and other scenic destinations for travel and leisure.
Meanwhile, Japan has also imposed a third state of emergency in Tokyo and the prefectures of Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo until May 11th. Every resident is required to stay at home after 8:00 P.M every night unless they need to go out for emergency reasons.
If the current situation improves or until everybody is vaccinated and protected against the COVID-19 virus, everybody must adapt to a new normal life, which involves refraining from traditional leisure activities such as traveling.