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Boracay Eyes Waiving of RT-PCR Tests for Tourists Starting November

If vaccination rates reach 100%.
by Clara Rosales
7 hours ago
Photo/s: Ramon Kagie via Unsplash

Boracay could waive RT-PCR testing for tourists as early as November if its vaccination program goes as planned, the Department of Tourism said.

As of Sunday, 91.09% of Boracay's tourism workers and 62.78% of its eligible population have been vaccinated. The DOT estimates all workers and eligible individuals will be fully vaccinated in one month.

The DOT quoted Aklan Gov. Florencio Miraflores as saying that Boracay would accept visitors with proof of full vaccination in place of a negative RT-PCR test result once the island vaccinates 100% of its inhabitants.

Boracay, with a vaccine-eligible population of 24,451, is expected to be the first destination in the Philippines to achieve a 100% inoculation rate. As of Oct. 18, there were no new active cases on the island.

“With 100 percent of tourism workers in Boracay inoculated, the DOT is confident that in the weeks to come, tourism arrivals on the island will further increase and more tourism establishments will be able to reopen to restore jobs,” Puyat said.

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Puyat added that the 100% inoculation rate would build confidence in Filipinos to travel, which would benefit the island and its tourism workers.


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