November 15, 2021

Starting Nov. 16, Boracay will forgo the swab test for vaxxed visitors.

Beginning November 16, Boracay will no longer require fully vaccinated tourists to submit negative RT-PCR test results, according to the Department of Tourism (DOT).

“The Department of Transportation applauds Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores’ decision to forgo the RT-PCR test for fully vaccinated visitors as a prerequisite to enter Boracay beginning November 16,” the statement stated.

On November 12, the Aklan administration revealed that guests will be required to present proof of immunization in the form of a QR code instead of taking the test.

Tourists can submit a VaxCert secured via vaxcert.doh.gov.ph or a vaccine certificate issued by their particular local government unit, according to Miraflores in a radio interview.

According to the official, this is one of the province’s efforts to resurrect tourism on the resort island.

Boracay had seen a significant increase in tourist arrivals in the last two months, with 32,452 visitors in October 2021 alone, according to the Department of Tourism.

“Given this great outcome, we hope to see even more visitors in November and December,” the DOT said, “and secure everyone’s safety overall now that Boracay’s fully vaxxed tourism employees are at 94 percent, while its total eligible population is at 70 percent vaccinated.”

Last July, the DOT launched a vaccination program for tourism workers in Boracay, in collaboration with National Task Force against Covid-19 head implementer Carlito Galvez, Jr. and deputy chief implementer Vince Dizon.

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