Boracay Now Accepts Saliva Test as COVID-Prevention Travel Requirement

It's available at SM MOA, Araneta City, and a number of other locations.

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PHOTO BY Christa I. De La Cruz

(SPOT.ph) With the Philippines still at the height of the pandemic, traveling from one island to another requires strict health protocols and document requirements to ensure that people are not spreading the virus any further. Boracay Island in Aklan, which is a popular beach destination, initially required to present negative results of the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction test using swabs from the nose or throat. Now, a travel advisory by the local government of the Municipality of Malay on March 18 states that the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force approved their resolution to allow the saliva test for inbound travelers. 

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The Department of Health on January 21 gave the Philippine Red Cross the go signal to start conducting saliva collection as an alternative specimen for the reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test, which is still considered the gold standard for testing pathogens like SARS-CoV-2. As of writing, there are more than 20 places in Metro Manila where you can have your saliva test.

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The whole process of specimen collection takes about 10 minutes, but individuals are advised to be at the appointment venue at least 15 minutes before their schedule. Eating, drinking, gargling, smoking, or vaping 30 minutes before the scheduled appointment is prohibited as this may interfere with the sample’s content. It’s also best to not wear lipstick when heading to your appointment. The test costs P2,000.

Here's the complete list of Boracay travel requirements (as of March 18):

  • negative results of either a swab-based RT-PCR test or saliva-based RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours
  • confirmed booking at an accredited accommodation establishment
  • roundtrip tickets
  • valid IDs
  • tourist QR code

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