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Siargao Reopens to Local Tourists

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by Arianne Merez
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Siargao, the surfing capital of the Philippines, reopened its white-sand beaches to tourists on Monday, Nov. 23.

General Luna, Surigao del Norte Mayor Cecilia Ruson has issued a local executive order for the reopening of the teardrop-shaped island to local tourists, the Department of Tourism said in a statement.

The local government unit (LGU) of Siargao requires tourists arriving via Surigao City or the Sayak Airport to present the following:

  • E-Healh Pass with valid ID
  • Negative RT-PCR result taken within 48 hours from the point of origin
  • Five-day confirmed booking from an accommodation establishment with a Certificate of Authority to Operate or provisional certificate to operate
  • Round-trip ticket or travel details

If RT-PCR is taken more than 48 hours of departure from point of origin, a negative antigen swab will be required on the day of arrival, the tourism department said.

Tourists coming from the province of Surigao del Norte will be required to present the following:

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  • E-Health Pass with Valid ID
  • Certificate from the barangay captain that traveler is not a close contact of a COVID-19 case
  • Confirmed booking from an accredited DOT-accommodation establishment

The island will also impose a curfew from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.

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