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Officials hopes to open "travel bubble" between Philippines and Taiwan to boosts tourism

A hope of “travel bubble” between Taiwan and the Philippines can be established next year, according to the Philippines’ tourism attache to Taiwan.

There is currently a high rate of vaccination among tourism workers in the Philippines notably in Boracay, Bohol, Cebu and Palawan which are the Taiwanese favorite destination.

“We really look forward to having a bubble, a travel bubble, between Taiwan and the Philippines, at least for example Boracay or Bohol, because our tourism workers are fully vaccinated already,” Philippine Department of Tourism in Taiwan director Hazel Habito Javier.

“As for the community, the vaccinations are ongoing." And we are hoping by next year we will be able to push through with a bubble," Javier added.

Taiwan and the Philippines require inbound travelers to quarantine for 14 days, with varying guidelines of different tests.

Taiwan was a significant source market in the Philippines before the COVID-19 pandemic according to Philippine Secretary of Tourism Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.

Metro Manila, which is home to about 13 million people, is almost 99 percent fully vaccinated.

Hospitality industry workers in Boracay are 100 percent fully vaccinated, while Bohol, Palawan and Cebu, as well as some other places, have rates exceeding 80 percent

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