Starting October 1, 2020, tourists from all over the Philippines can once again explore Boracay's clear waters and gorgeous stretches of white sand. But with the threat of COVID-19 pandemic, the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has released a set of guidelines and tourist requirements to follow and consider before you jump at the chance to book that ticket to Boracay.
BORACAY TOURIST REQUIREMENTS AND GUIDELINES / COVID-19 NEW NORMAL: (No age restrictions - as long as no comorbidities)
1. Who are allowed to go to Boracay?
Residents from areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) or Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) with a negative RT-PCR test result taken not earlier than 72 hours prior to traveling. Travelers of any age are allowed to visit.
2. What are the entry points in Boracay?
Godofredo Ramos Airport also known as Caticlan Airport is the only port of entry for tourists traveling by land, air, or sea.
3. What travel requirements do you need to prepare?
Here are the requirements that you need to prepare before going to Boracay:
*Secure a negative RT-PCR test result
Travelers from GCQ or MCGQ areas must secure a negative Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test result taken not earlier than 72 hours prior to traveling, so plan accordingly.
*Observe strict quarantine
Travelers have to observe strict quarantine protocols until their travel date. This includes social distancing and proper, frequent handwashing.
*Pre-book accredited Boracay hotels or resorts
*Health declaration form
Visitors have to register online at http://aklan.gov.ph to answer a health declaration form. A QR Code will be sent right after, which will be presented upon arrival at the airport as well as when entering establishments for contact tracing.
4. How do you get the Tourist QR Code?
STEP 1: Access http://aklan.gov.ph or https://bit.ly/2QzbUkZ and click Online Health Declaration. Choose Boracay on the "Where To?" page.
STEP 2: Fill out the required fields and click submit.
STEP 3: Save a copy of the Health Declaration Card (HDC) on your smartphone or have it printed.
STEP 4: Email email@example.com with the subject format: OHDC - Family Name, First Name (example: OHDC - Santos, John) and attach a copy of the following:
- 1) HDC together with a copy of RT-PCR Negative Result
- 2) Confirmed booking flight and booking details
- 3) Valid ID
Multiple tourists and documents can be sent in one email.
STEP 5: Wait for the email response within the day. If approved, a copy of your HDC and Tourist QR Code will be sent back to you. Present these to authorities at the borders for scanning.
5. What are the guidelines and protocols to follow when you're in Boracay?
Once you're in Boracay, make sure you follow these safety protocols:
Tourist QR code
Visitors should always have a copy of their QR code on their person, whether through their smartphone or a printed physical copy. This will be used to enter establishments like hotels, restaurants and other facilities for contact tracing.
Minimum health standards: Mask and face shield
Tourists are required to wear proper safety gear and practice social distancing. Proper safety gear is defined as a mask and face shield, in addition to frequent and proper handwashing.
Vehicles have a “no mask, no boarding” policy and can only allow a maximum of two (2) passengers on tricycles and a maximum of four passengers on e-trikes.
Passengers exhibiting flu-like symptoms will be immediately transported to the nearest health facility. Drivers are provided with proper safety gear and the needed sanitization tools to disinfect the vehicle after every ride.
Customers dining in have to log down details for contact tracing. Restaurants should have temperature checks, practice social distancing, and other sanitizing products. Self-service stations are barred from operating.
6. TRAZE APP - a contact tracing app for unified and automated contact tracing. This is required by the government for all passengers arriving or departing from any airport in the Philippines.
Download the app on your mobile device before going to the airport through play store (android phones) and app store (IOS).
****There may be changes from time to time depending on the advise of government/LGU.