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Boracay Summer 2021 Guide: Updated Travel Guidelines You Need to Know

Here are Boracay’s travel requirements and guidelines for local tourists.

By: Shanice Reyes | April 23, 2021
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If you are planning to tour the island of Boracay soon, this guide is for you!

Image: Malay Tourism Office Facebook Page

With its majestic seascape, world-famous White Beach, and exhilarating water activities, Boracay Island is an all-around ideal destination. Following the stress of 2020, many have been planning to spend some time in one of the best summer destinations in the country. If you’re also planning your own summer vacation in Boracay, this summer travel guide to Boracay lists the updated requirements, what to expect when you get there, and how you can travel safely. For information on what to do before and during your visit to the island, continue reading this summer travel guide to Boracay.


Who can step foot on the island of Boracay?


Last April 19, the local government of Malay announced on their official Facebook page that they accept tourists from regions and cities under the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ). While the island is desperate to accommodate tourists, they are still awaiting eased travel restrictions. Meanwhile, the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) and Provincial Office of Aklan are currently in charge of the island’s travel guideline inquiries and inbound tourist applications.

As of writing, the foreign tourists are not yet allowed to see Boracay’s pristine waters unless they are already residing in the country. Meanwhile, persons with comorbidities and pregnant women are also not allowed to visit Boracay.



What are the requirements for tourists?


Apart from passing the required saliva or nasal swab RT-PCR test, roundtrip tickets, accredited hotel booking, and health declaration forms, you also have to accomplish the following requirements before heading to Boracay:

● Secure your QR code.
The local government and BIATF’s official recommendation for tourists is to secure their QR code at least 12 hours before their arrival. To get your QR code, compile your RT-PCR test results, flight and hotel booking, and one valid ID. Attach all the documents in an email to touristboracay@gmail.com. Boracay tourists should keep a physical or digital copy of the QR code as it is needed for activities like dining, touring, and shopping on the island.

● Install the Traze App.
The Traze App is a contact tracing system that is mandatory in local airports. For a secure and hassle-free trip, you can download the application on your mobile phone at https://www.traze.ph./download.php.



What can you expect when you arrive in Boracay?


The local government, BIATF, and every Department of Tourism-accredited hotel and beach resort comply with the Department of Health’s standard health protocols. As such, they are implementing the following rules for tourists, employees, and locals:

• Tourists must wear a mask outside of their resort or hotel room except when swimming, eating, or engaging in strenuous activities.
• Electric trikes are the only allowed public ground transport vehicle on the island. Drivers and passengers must follow the maximum seating capacity of 50 percent or four people.
• Swimming on the beach is allowed, but tourists must have their temperature checked at one of the designated beach stations. Swimming is allowed only from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
• Tourists are not allowed to leave their hotel from 1:00 AM to 4:00 AM.


As you plan vacations to Boracay this summer, remember to keep checking Malay Tourism Office’s Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/malaytourism) for the latest updates. Have a safe trip!


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All details and information in this article are true and accurate as of the publication date. While we are doing our utmost effort to keep our content as up-to-date as possible, the condition surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be unpredictable and the situation develops rapidly, so it’s possible that some information and recommendations may have changed since this article was published. For the latest advice, visit DOH and your LGU's official websites.
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About Shanice Reyes
Shanice Reyes writes to buy herself good coffee and bike parts. When she's not writing, you can find her playing Ultimate Frisbee, traveling to new places, or hanging out with her dogs and tarantulas. Though she has an irrational fear of heights, she'd love to try sky-diving one day.
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