Here’s What You Need To Know Before Traveling to Boracay
BORACAY – Here’s what you need to know before traveling to the world-class destination Boracay.
We have been stuck in our homes for months now due to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Surely, some Filipinos now are preparing for their very late summer vacation because Metro Manila and other areas on the country have eased protocols to GCQ.
The flights were also restored therefore the local tourism could now begin its much-needed revival. Malay Town Mayor Frolibar Bautista announced that Boracay Island officially reopened for local tourists in October.
Mayor Frolibar Bautista said tourists could expect a cleaner world-class destination Boracay. “Maganda ang Boracay kasi nagpahinga siya nang for how many months,” he said.
Based on a report from CNN, Boracay officials said tourists will have to go through strict health checks. Visitors from areas under GCQ will be allowed to enter the island starting October 1 but they must present a negative COVID-19 test taken 48-72 hours before traveling.
A negative COVID-19 test result is one of the main requirements of the visitors. Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat urged the tourist to stay at home after getting their swab tests.
“Stay home after swabbing so that we can be assured that before you leave for Boracay, that you stay negative,” she said
According to the report, tourists are also required to book accommodations before traveling to Boracay. DOT said there are now over 200 hotels and resorts that can accommodate tourists.
“We are proposing no age restrictions because Filipinos travel as a family. As long as they are negative with the RT-PCR, of course no symptoms, follow minimum health standards – we ask that no age restrictions to go also to Boracay,” said Puyat.
Puyat said only the Caticlan airport will be open and it has an isolation facility that caters symptomatic visitors. Visitors who show symptoms will be tested again for COVID-19. If he/she tested negative, he/she can proceed to the island.
Tourists are also expected to observe health protocols like wearing of face mask and observing physical distancing while on the island. Foreign nationals are allowed to visit Boracay as long as they are in the country.
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