Dreaming of the white sand beaches of Boracay? Well, we’ve got some good news for you: The island is reopening next month!
The Department of Tourism (DOT) announced Wednesday that Boracay Island will start welcoming travelers from all over the Philippines on 1 October, Thursday—a decision made by the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) during its meeting Tuesday evening.
However, just like most tourist destinations in the country, the island will be implementing stringent safety measures to prevent the further spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19), including a “Test Before Travel” rule.
All visitors will be required to present a negative result of their reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test run 48 to 72 hours prior to their arrival on Boracay Island.
Prospecting tourists must also undergo strict quarantine immediately after having the RT-PCR test until the time of their travel to the island to avoid any possibility of infection.
According to the DOT, Boracay will accept tourists aged below 21 and above 60 years old, given that they don’t have comorbidities and other health issues.
Boracay Island is one of the top tourist destinations in the Philippines, drawing more than two million tourists last year. Since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, it has remained closed to most areas in the country, opening only to visitors from Western Visayas last 16 June.
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