MANILA: Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr has approved a proposal to refund taxes to foreign tourists to boost visitor arrivals in the country.
Marcos also gave the go-ahead for the rollout of e-visas this year, prioritising China and India, and for the removal of an entry requirement called One Health Pass to simplify the arrival process for travellers.
The moves are “aimed at further boosting the country’s tourism industry” and “improving airport infrastructure and operations,” according to a statement issued by the presidential communications office.
Marcos will issue an executive order to implement the tax refund plan by 2024.
The Philippines aims to welcome 4.8 million visitors this year, almost double the 2.65 million foreign tourists it received in 2022 but still fewer than the pre-pandemic level of around eight million. — Bloomberg