Boracay will drop the RT-PCR test requirement for fully-vaccinated tourists starting Nov. 16, the provincial governor said Friday.
Fully-vaccinated individuals looking to spend their 13th month pay on a Boracay trip are required to present proof of vaccination upon arrival. Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated individuals are still required to present a negative RT-PCR test result, Aklan Gov. Florencio Miraflores said
“I’m happy to report na by Nov. 16, next week, tatanggalin na namin yung requirement ng RT-PCR test sa mga lahat na pumupunta ng Boracay,” he told TeleRadyo
“Ang kailangan na lang, kung kumuha sila ng QR code nila, ang kailangan na lang, instead ng RT-PCR test na nire-require namin, magsa-submit na lang sila ng vaccination certificate or VaxCertPH under the (Department of Information and Communications Technology) website, o kung mahirapan sila kumuha niyan, yung kanilang vaccination card na may QR code galing sa issuing (local government unit),” he said.
“In the absence ng dalawang iyan, pwede rin silang kumuha ng vaccination certificate sa issuing LGU para makita namin kung saan talaga sila nagpabakuna,” he added.
Miraflores said local authorities can now verify RT-PCR test results and vaccination certificates. “So gaya din ng ginagawa natin sa mga RT-PCR test na pagve-verify natin, so madali pa rin natin mahuhuli yan kung sino namemeke ng mga vaccination certificates,” he said.
Of Boracay’s eligible population, 94% have received their first dose and 70% are fully vaccinated. To ensure the safety of travelers and staff, 90% of tourism workers have been fully inoculated.
Tourists must apply for a Boracay QR code for health declaration and contact tracing. The unique code will also carry information on their accommodation establishment, which must be accredited by the Department of Tourism.
Curfew in Boracay is from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m. to allow tourists to visit sights and unwind late at night.