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RT-PCR Test Exclusion for Fully Vaccinated Tourists Pushed in Palawan

Palawan-goers, here’s a piece of quick news for you!

By: Mira Maestrecampo | October 25, 2021
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The country’s business sectors are pushing local government units (LGUs) to ease travel restrictions for fully vaxxed domestic travelers in Palawan and the rest of key destinations: Bohol, Cebu, Aklan, Siargao, Palawan, and more. Business sectors and LGUs are in talks with Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion to exempt fully vaccinated travelers from complying with a reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test results. Concepcion gives favorable feedback on this, as he said to have received positive responses from governors and mayors regarding this matter. [1]

Airline companies have been requesting the same appeal, as Concepcion added. [2]

Currently, point-to-point (P2P) travel is allowed for all ages, whether for essential or leisure, as long as seniors and individuals with health conditions are fully vaccinated. In Coron, Palawan, fully vaccinated travelers are allowed, as long as these individuals provide a negative RT-PCR test or saliva test result. Meanwhile, unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers are still not allowed to enter the province.

For travelers bound to Puerto Princesa, authorized persons outside of residence (APOR) passengers who are fully vaccinated with the intent to stay for a maximum of three days may only comply with a vaccination card and other required records for them to be exempted from the 10-day mandatory quarantine. [3]

The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) still requires travelers to have a negative RT-PCR test result upon arrival at their destinations. They urge to follow quarantine protocols to boost tourism amidst the pandemic since this is one of the aspects greatly affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It would also help these areas revive their tourism and reopen resorts, hotels, and the like.

The public is still advised to check with the respective local government units of their planned destination for any latest updates and changes with the travel protocols issued by the authority, as this is to ensure health and safe travel for everybody.

Visit Yoorekka Consumer Magazine for more travel and COVID-19 updates and guidelines in Palawan!

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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Mira - with a long surname - is a girl who dreams of becoming a news anchor someday, in God's perfect time. She loves to read books and eat different kinds of cheesy or saucy food. A coffee addict and a dog lover, she loves long hugs, hot coffee on an afternoon break with friends, or simply sleeping all day with her stuffed unicorns.
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