Guam wants to be included in ‘green’ list; PH wants to join vaccine tourism

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The Guam Visitors Bureau is working to have Guam included in the Philippines’ so-called “green list.”

The Philippine government recently established a list of “green” countries allowing fully vaccinated passengers arriving from any country or jurisdiction on the list to quarantine for a shortened period of 7 days versus the normal protocol of 14 days.

According to GVB vice president Gerry Perez, the criteria used were based on low disease incidence rate.

Because the US still has a relatively high disease incidence rate, it was not included.

And because Guam is still perceived as part of the US, the island was excluded as well.

In the meantime, other US-affiliated areas like American Samoa, the CNMI, and Micronesia are included in the list.

GVB president Carl Gutierrez is already working with his Philippine contacts to remedy this.

According to Gutierrez, he is already in close contact with Lt. General Caesar Ronnie F. Ordoyo, Philippine Airlines Vice President of Security, to push for Guam to be added to the list.

Gutierrez said the Philippines is also keen to join Guam’s vaccine tourism program after seeing the success of Taiwan’s first vaccine tourism charter flight.

According to Gutierrez, the Philippine affiliate of low-cost carrier Air Asia is also pushing for a similar program for the Philippines.

In addition, Gutierrez said Philippine flag carrier Philippine Airlines also wants to participate, even offering to transport American expatriates and other travelers from Thailand to Guam for vaccination.