What Tourists Should Expect in the Reopening of Coron, Palawan
The Department of Tourism (DOT) supports the decision of Coron, Palawan local government to ease its travel restrictions last December 1.
Local tourist ages 15 to 65 are now allowed to visit the island under a “test-before-travel” policy. Coron is considered an adventure paradise because of its crystal clear waters and beautiful rock formations.
It has so far issued certificates of authority to operate to a total of 10 hotels and resorts in Coron. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat the reopening will help the tourism community of Palawan thrive amid pandemic.
“We’re grateful for the decision of the local government officials and tourism stakeholders of Coron to finally welcome local visitors from all over the country. This will further help the tourism community of Palawan thrive during this time and bring back lost jobs to tourism workers,” Tourism Secretary said.
Local tourists must get a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) result within 72 hours of their trip. They must also have a pre-arranged booking at a DOT-certified accommodation, with tour packages and itineraries also scheduled in advance.
Meanwhile, tourists who have been cleared will be allowed to check-in. After that, they will be asked to present their negative results papers, roundtrip ticket, and confirmed booking itinerary. Also, all guests’ activities will be arranged by management for contact tracing.
Coron is on a 50% operations capacity to business establishments until 10 p.m. to avoid protocol lapses. The DOT also reminded tourists planning to visit the island to strictly adhere to the province’s safety protocols for travelers.
“As we gradually reopen destinations, we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our visitors and tourism workers to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the country. We remind our LGUs (local government units) to enforce and monitor the minimum health and safety standards such as the wearing of face masks and shields, regular hand sanitizing, and observance of physical distancing,” Puyat said.
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