Boracay Drops COVID-19 Test Requirement for Fully Vaccinated Travelers Again

It's effective February 1.

PHOTO BY Christa I. De La Cruz

( The whole pandemic has been a push and pull on quarantine restrictions, travel protocols, and what-not. Now that Metro Manila is back to Alert Level 2 (again) following yet another surge over the holidays, a new set of rules has been laid down. Boracay, a popular beach destination in Visayas, has also eased their travel requirements. Under an executive order issued by Aklan Governor Florencio “Joeben” Tumbocon Miraflores on February 1, fully vaccinated travelers are no longer required to present a negative RT-PCR test when heading to Boracay Island and mainland Aklan.

This is in preparation of the arrival of fully vaccinated international tourists, which have been allowed entry to the Philippines without mandatory quarantine starting February 10.

Here are the latest Boracay travel requirements (as of February 1):

  • For fully vaccinated travelers: VaxCertPH COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate, Locally issued vaccination card, or WHO International Certificate of Vaccination
  • For unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers: Negative RT-PCR test result (swab or saliva) taken within 72 hours
  • Government-issued ID
  • Confirmed booking slip/form from accredited hotel/resort
  • Roundtrip flight/travel details
  • Health declaration through

It can be remembered that Aklan reimposed the RT-PCR test requirement on January 9 amid the threat of the Omicron variant.

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