December 15, 2021

Rediscover Philippines: DOT launches website dedicated for returning Filipinos

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  • The Department of Tourism (DOT) is encouraging Overseas Filipinos Workers (OFWs) to go back home and rediscover the Philippines as it launched a website dedicated for them.

    SCREENSHOT from Balikan.ph

    Balikan.ph is a one-stop site for Balikbayan-exclusive promos with as much as 50% discount on hotel and resort rates and  vacation packages under the tourism department’s Balikan ang Pilipinas campaign.

    In a press statement, DOT Sec. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said that through this website, they can offer great travel deals from airlines and DOT-accredited hotels, resorts, and tour operators to the OFWs and their loved ones.

    “This is one way to make their visit here more affordable and fun, especially after a long separation caused by the pandemic,” she added.

    The balikan.ph page serves as an aggregator of information where different travel promotions and packages are posted for the consumption of returning Filipinos. The website will then lead them to the merchant’s websites for the specifics of the deals and discounts.

    They are encouraged to regularly check the site for updated list and details of travel deals, which will run until March 2022.

    Based on the latest Bureau of Immigration travel advisory, only returning Filipinos and foreign nationals with valid and existing visas from green or yellow list countries are allowed to travel to the Philippines, subject to health and quarantine requirements. The directive also prohibits travelers who are from or those who have been to red list countries or jurisdictions within the last 14 days, except for Filipinos who are part of government and non-government repatriation efforts, from entering the country.


    Source: DOT

               
               
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