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Leisure Travel, Staycations are Banned During ECQ, Heightened GCQ

No leisure travel for now.
by Clara Rosales
Aug 2, 2021
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The Department of Tourism released guidelines for tourists and accommodation establishments for the ECQ or lockdown in Metro Manila that starts Aug. 6 and the GCQ with heightened restrictions before it.

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Leisure flights and staycations banned

Until Aug. 5, point-to-point flights for leisure are suspended. Returning flights are allowed for tourists residing in NCR Plus, which covers Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal.

Non-essential travel to and from NCR Plus will be prohibited until Aug. 20. Only Authorized Persons Outside of Residence or APORs will be allowed to cross in and out of the NCR bubble.

Staycations and indoor tourist attractions are prohibited during this period. Accredited accommodation establishments outside of NCR Plus are barred from accepting leisure guests from NCR Plus, regardless of the date of booking.

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What if I've already checked in when the announcement was made?

Individuals who checked-in for staycation in accredited hotels as of July 29 can finish their stay, as laid out in their original booking.

Who can stay in hotels?

For the period of ECQ, accommodation establishments can only accept the following:

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  • Those required to undergo quarantine
  • Long stay guests as defined in DOT Administrative Order No. 2021-004-A
  • Health and emergency frontline services personnel who need easy access to their place of work
  • APORs who require accommodation pursuant to their official function or duty

Gatherings are prohibited

Mass gatherings such as social events, meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions are also prohibited. Dining in at restaurants within accommodation or tourism establishments is also prohibited during ECQ.

Affected guests must be allowed to rebook stays, flights, and services without charges.

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