November 15, 2021

Camiguin, Boracay scrap swab test for completely vaxxed guests

Camiguin and two other destinations are removing the swab test requirement for fully vaccinated travelers, the Department of Tourism (DOT) stated Saturday.

In a statement, the agency said Camiguin will start accepting immunization cards in lieu of a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction test result starting Monday, November 15, while Boracay and Guimaras will apply a similar policy the next day.

As of Saturday, DOT reported the following venues have waived the swab test requirement for fully immunized guests:

– Tarlac
– Pampanga
– Nueva Ecija
– Batangas
– Oriental Mindoro
– Masbate
– Camarines Norte
– Iloilo
– Negros Occidental
– Bohol
– Southern Leyte
– Zamboanga del Sur
– Zamboanga Sibugay
– Misamis Oriental
– Bulacan
– Cebu Province
– San Vicente, Palawan
– Naga City, Camarines Sur
– Baguio City, Benguet
– Cebu City and Mandaue City
– Clark Freeport Zone
– Subic Bay Freeport Zone
– Dingalan, Aurora
– Maasin City, Leyte
– Ormoc City, Leyte
– Calbayog City, Samar
– Mati, Davao Oriental

The growing list of domestic locations lowering their entry rules is “indicates that the country’s tourism industry is slowly getting back on its feet.” the DOT stated.

“With the elimination of the testing requirements for fully vaccinated visitors to these places, travel has become more reasonable and accessible for domestic tourists, especially with the impending holiday season,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said.

She recommended tourists continue maintaining basic health and safety measures when traveling.

“As we expect more tourists heading to Boracay Island, and other places that have relaxed travel criteria for fully vaccinated individuals in the coming weeks, we continue to advise visitors to obey minimal health and safety measures when visiting the spots,” she said.

She likewise encouraged tourism businesses, workers, and other stakeholders not to be complacent in order to avoid Covid-19 instances from increasing and sustain the industry’s recovery.

“Seeing how the reopening of tourism all throughout the nation is helping Filipinos return to their employment, we cannot afford a new wave of Covid-19 infections and a return to the limits imposed by a tougher quarantine,” she said. “Let us do our own things to ensure that there will be no epidemics at our destinations.”

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