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Philippines

Philippines

PTAA continues to call for airlines to refund 315.55 million PHP to its travel agent members.
Lockdown Status
Partial
Inbound Travel
Restricted
Outbound Travel
Open
Confirmed
370,028
Deaths
6,977
Active
35,015
5 Day Rolling Ave
+1,557
Source: John Hopkins University via COVID19 API (2020-10-26)

Latest Travel Industry News

Policy Summary

Lockdown Status

General Community Quarantine (GCQ) for Metro Manila from 1-31 Oct, whilst Cebu City is under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) from 1-31 Oct. Many industries and sectors are permitted to reopen, with 50% of the workforce. Travel agents allowed to open under GCQ areas at 50% capacity. Under 15 and over 65s must still stay at home. Public transportation and staycations in areas under GCQ permitted. MICE events allowed at 50% under MGCQ areas. Curfew of 12am – 4am in Metro Manila. Staycations permitted from 1 Oct.

Travel Restrictions

Temporary ban on foreigners entering from 22 Mar. Domestic flights permitted to reopen from 1 Jun. Non-essential outbound travel permitted from 21 Oct.

Containment Policies Timeline

How to read this graph
International Travel Restrictions
  • 0 - no restrictions
  • 1 - screening arrivals
  • 2 - quarantine arrivals from some or all regions
  • 3 - ban arrivals from some regions
  • 4 - ban on all regions or total border closure
Internal Movement Restrictions
  • 0 - no restrictions
  • 1 - recommend not to travel between regions/cities
  • 2 - internal movement restrictions in place
Stay At Home Requirements
  • 0 - no measures
  • 1 - recommend not leaving house
  • 2 - require not leaving house with exceptions for daily exercise, grocery shopping, and 'essential' trips
  • 3 - require not leaving house with minimal exceptions (eg allowed to leave once a week, or only one person can leave at a time, etc)
School Closures
  • 0 - no measures
  • 1 - recommend closing
  • 2 - require closing (only some levels or categories, eg just high school, or just public schools)
  • 3 - require closing all levels

Economy Summary

Fiscal support for the tourism industry

Department of Tourism's Response and Recovery Program:

  • 58 billion PHP in funds

  • Interest-free loans or loan guarantees up to five years for maintenance and operating expenses

  • Credit facilities for upgrading, rehabilitation, or modernization of current establishments to be compliant with new health and safety standards

  • Marketing and product development promotions and programs

  • Grants for education, training, and advising for tourism stakeholders for new normal alternative livelihood programs

  • Utilisation of information technology for the improvement of tourism services

  • Development of a tourist tracking system for emergency response and

  • Establishment of spatial database to improve planning capacity

  • Participation fees for all international fairs, exhibitions and roadshows in 2020/ 2021 waived

  • Accreditation fees subject to moratorium

Small Business Wage Subsidy Program:

  • Displaced workers can claim 5,000-8,000 PHP wage subsidy created for middle class workers employed by small businesses

GDP Growth Rate

% per year
6.2

2018
5.9

2019

-3.8
2020
forecast
6.5

2021
forecast

Inflation Rate

% per year
5.2

2018
2.5

2019
2.2

2020
forecast
2.4

2021
forecast
Source: Asian Development Bank. Asian Development Outlook (April 2020).

Consumer Trends Summary

Google Consumer Survey (May 2020):

  • 18% of Filipinos would plan for their next domestic trip in the next 3 months; 12% in 3-6 months, 15% in 6-9 months, 14% in 9-12 months and 38% in more than a year from now

  • 31% of Filipinos would consider a 25% discount on standard fares a motivator to book a hotel in the next 3 months

  • 34% of Filipinos would consider 25% discount on standard fares a motivator to book a flight in the next 3 months

  • 27% of Filipinos would travel anywhere in the region if they were to travel in the next 3 months, 27% would travel domestically in nearby cities, and 27% to anywhere in the world

Consumer Sentiment

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