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Boracay Still Requires COVID-19 Testing for Fully Vaccinated Tourists

All arrivals should still present an RT-PCR test—vaccinated or not.

By: Shanice Reyes | July 14, 2021
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Boracay Island will still require COVID-19 testing for tourists—vaccinated or not.

Image: Department of Tourism - Boracay Field Office Facebook page

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) approved the new travel protocol allowing vaccination cards as a sufficient alternative requirement when traveling. Instead of presenting a negative reverse transmission polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) result before travel or upon arrival at destination local government units (LGU), IATF Resolution No. 124-B states that a vaccination card is enough.

However, some LGUs raised concerns over the eased domestic travel protocols for fully vaccinated travelers. One of the LGUs that expressed their concerns is Aklan province, which will still require RT-PCR tests for tourists—with or without vaccination cards.



Since RT-PCR test results have been tampered with before, Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores said that Boracay Island would only consider exempting fully vaccinated tourists from testing if a reliable vaccine vaccination system is available. The Department of Health also noted that LGUs can still require tourist’s RT-PCR tests before entry or upon arrival at the destination.

Furthermore, the retention of RT-PCR test results is not a setback to the island’s recovery, but a slow and sure process, according to Tourism chief Bernadette Romulo-Puyat. Lastly, the local government maintains body temperature screening at airports, seaports, and establishments and contact tracing systems for tourists and workers.


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All details and information in this article are true and accurate as of the publication date. However, while we are making 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. Hence, 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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[2] https://bit.ly/3ec9h4O


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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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