Japan Lowers Travel Warning for Philippines

TOKYO – The Japanese government on Wednesday lowered its travel warning for the Philippines over the COVID-19 pandemic, and is no longer asking its citizens to refrain from nonessential trips to the Southeast Asian nation.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that it had downgraded the travel alert for the Philippines and 53 other countries and a region from Level 2 (avoid nonessential travel) on its four-point scale to Level 1 (be careful).

MOFA added it still recommends those who consider to travel abroad to receive the necessary vaccinations to prevent the novel coronavirus infection. - Florenda Corpuz

(File photo by Din Eugenio: A commercial plane takes off from Narita Airport in Japan on Dec. 6, 2010)