Last updated on May 11, 2021
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.
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 and who have secured the necessary document requirements of Boracay. A negative saliva RT-PCR test result can also be submitted as an alternative. 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. The IATF has implemented a “one entrance, one exit” policy, making it easier to monitor the number of visitors currently on the island, especially now that there is a daily tourist cap in place.
Travelers arriving at Caticlan Jetty Port and Tabon Port Terminal should also expect strict monitoring as each port is mandated to have health declaration stations, body temperature checks, hand sanitation, staff in protective gear, and physical distancing.
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
The IATF has enacted a test-before-travel requirement. 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 travel, so plan accordingly. Guests can also present a negative saliva RT-PCR test result as an alternative. Check out the list of accredited laboratories here.
Filled out the Health Declaration Form and send the requirements via email
Visitors have to register online at https://www.touristboracay.com/ to answer a health declaration form. Take a screenshot of the confirmation page and send the following requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org using the email subject OHDC-FamilyName, FirstName at least 12 hours or more before your trip:
- Screenshot of the OHDC confirmation
- Proof of identification with Philippine Residency
- RT-PCR Negative Result Certificate (saliva, nasopharengeal or oropharengeal) with date of extraction within 72 hours to date of travel
- A copy of a confirmed booking slip/form from a Boracay accommodation. Travelers should already have pre-booked hotels or resorts to stay in Boracay. Once booked, they should register through Aklan’s mobile app. Check out the list of DOT-accredited accommodations with a Certificate of Authority to Open here.
- Roundtrip flight/travel details via Caticlan Airport only
- S-Pass Travel Coordination Permit (TCP) (can be obtained from https://s-pass.ph/)
If you’re traveling as a group, you can send multiple tourist documents in one email. Just include a listing of the names of the tourists.
If processing is successful, a copy of HDC and 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. 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:
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