Palau has been added to the list of countries from which the Philippine government recognizes and accepts COVID-19 vaccine certificates.

Without the accepted COVID-19 vaccine certificates, people traveling from Palau to the Philippines will be required to quarantine in government-designated hotels at the travelers’ expense.

Now, travelers from Palau to the Philippines with valid Vaccine Certificates will not be required to undergo quarantine. This acceptance is reciprocal said Minister Gaafar Uherbelau, and travelers coming from the Philippines with a Vaccine Certificate issued by the Philippines will not be quarantined in Palau.

This will ease travel between the two countries, especially when direct flights between Palau and the Philippines resume.

Palau has been requesting United Airlines to resume flights between Palau and the Philippines said Minister Charles Obichang at last week’s press conference.

The lifting of quarantine requirements is expected to boost demand for travel to the Philippines.

Meanwhile, GVB Chairman Carl Gutierrez said he was working with Minister Ngirai Tmetuchl to “lobby the U.S. federal government to ease COVID-testing, deplaning, and immigration restrictions on commuters traveling between the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia on the one hand and the unincorporated U.S. territory of Guam and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands on the other.”

This, Gutierrez said in an article with Guam Daily News, is “to promote the development of competitive air routes connecting Taiwan, Palau, and Guam”… “a dynamic air transit key to recovery”.

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