10 Beach Destinations You Can Travel To Right Now

As long as you're fully vaccinated, there's no need for a COVID test.

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(SPOT.ph) Closures and reopenings made the headlines of 2020, 2021, and even 2022. And as people try to adapt to what seems to be a never-ending pandemic, Philippine destinations—especially those that rely heavily on tourism—hope to welcome back guests while still implementing health and safety protocols. If you’re looking to hit the beach this summer, a number of local spots have waived their COVID test requirement—as long as you’re fully vaccinated, of course.

Check out these Philippine beach destinations you can travel to without having to take any COVID test:

Boracay Island, Aklan

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Boracay Island is always top of mind when it comes to beach getaways. It boasts powdery white-sand beaches like no other in the country, after all. The island went through a six-month rehabilitation and cleanup in 2018; and while it's no longer the party island we got used to, it's still the tropical paradise that we've always known it to be.

Boracay travel requirements (effective 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 touristboracay.com

Panglao Island, Bohol

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Think of Bohol and what usually comes to mind are the Chocolate Hills, tarsiers, white-sand beaches, and crystal-clear waters. But this island province also boasts a number of attractions for exciting weekend adventures, including scuba diving amid beautiful coral reefs in Panglao. The island also boasts a rich flora and fauna, including endemic species of crustaceans and mollusks; interesting geological features, such as the Hinagdanan Cave and its underground water source; and nearby Pamalican, which is popular for dolphin-watching. S-PaSS is also not required anymore.

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Bohol travel requirements (until February 28):

  • 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

Camiguin

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Camiguin, an island province off the coast of Mindanao, is known for its white-sand beaches, amazing hot and cold springs, and mystic waterfalls. Its newly expanded Camiguin Airport opened on October 25, 2021, making it easier than ever to visit this travel destination. Only fully vaccinated guests are allowed entry to the island.

Camiguin travel requirements (as of February 1):

  • VaxCertPH COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate, Locally issued vaccination card, or WHO International Certificate of Vaccination
  • Government-issued ID
  • Clean Camiguin registration through cleancamiguinqr.com
  • Confirmed booking slip/form from accredited hotel/resort

Bantayan Island, Cebu

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Bantayan Island in Cebu is known for its white-sand beaches, natural caves with crystal-clear waters, and beautiful sandbars and islets. Located on the northern part of the island province, it is accessible by a four-hour bus ride and a ferry from Cebu City; both of which are worth the time and effort, especially after you've basked in the sun, sand, and surf. There are also some great places to stay on Bantayan Island, including Kota Beach—the filming location of breakup-themed 2016 indie movie Camp Sawi.

Moalboal, Cebu

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Moalboal, another Cebu hotspot, is famous for its underwater paradise, especially when you get to dive into its turquoise waters and witness the famous sardine run. Aside from snorkeling and diving, island-hopping and turtle watching are also famous activities in this town.If you want to stay in a small resort tucked behind coconut trees, Archery-Asia Nipa Huts and Camping in Barangay Tuble has bamboo cabins that can be rented at P690 per night.

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Cebu Province travel requirements (as of January 20):

  • 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: Medical certificate issued within 24 hours before arrival

Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro

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Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro is a popular weekend getaway option given its proximity to Metro Manila. It's easily accessible by public bus and ferry, has a whole strip of budget hotels and resorts, and is where you can chill at no-frills bars and restaurants. All travelers, regardless of vaccination status, can now go to Puerto Galera without the need for a COVID-19 test.

Puerto Galera travel requirements (as of February 1):

  • S-PaSS
  • Government-issued ID
  • Confirmed booking slip/form from accredited hotel/resort

Apo Island, Negros Oriental

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The marine reserve surrounding this volcanic island is home to coral gardens, schools of fish, and humphead wrasse. Sea turtles (a.k.a. pawikan) are more popular since they sometimes photobomb prized vacation snapshots even above water. UK-based Sport Diver Magazine included Apo Island in the top 100 diving spots in the world in their 2008 issue.

Negros Oriental travel requirements (as of November 4, 2021):

  • For fully vaccinated travelers: Original and photocopy of VaxCertPH COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate, Locally issued vaccination card, or WHO International Certificate of Vaccination
  • For unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers: Negative antigen test result valid for 48 hours
  • Original and photocopy of government-issued ID

Santiago Cove, Ilocos Sur

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Santiago Cove (a.k.a. Sabangan Cove) is also dubbed as the "Boracay of Ilocos Sur" because of its 900-meter stretch of white sand surrounded by hectares of verdant land. It was declared a tourist destination in August 2019 through Republic Act or RA 11407, which means that it's one of the priorities not only in tourism promotion, but also in development and protection.

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Ilocos Sur travel requirements (as of January 13):

  • For fully vaccinated travelers from Alert Level 2: VaxCertPH COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate, Locally issued vaccination card, or WHO International Certificate of Vaccination
  • For fully vaccinated travelers from Alert Level 3: Negative RT-PCR test result (swab) or antigen test result taken within 48 hours
  • For unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers from Alert Level 2: Negative RT-PCR test result (swab or saliva) taken within 72 hours
  • Government-issued ID
  • Confirmed booking slip/form from accredited hotel/resort
  • Tara Na! registration

San Juan, Batangas

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Laiya in San Juan, Batangas is a popular getaway because of its white-sand beach, proximity to Metro Manila, and the abundance of laid-back resorts. It's also home to a number of vacation houses where you can bring the whole family.

San Juan, Batangas travel requirements (as of February 1):

  • For fully vaccinated travelers: Locally issued vaccination card
  • For unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers: Negative RT-PCR test result or antigen test result
  • Government-issued ID
  • Confirmed booking slip/form from accredited hotel/resort
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Zambales

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Zambales, a province north of Metro Manila, is home to one of the Philippines' longest and most beautiful coastlines. The towns of Liwliwa and San Felipe are known for overhead waves where surfers can practice their tricks, while Anawangin and Nagsasa Coves are popular for their lagoons where pine trees grow in sand. Unvaccinated travelers are not allowed.

Zambales travel requirements (as of January 27):

  • VaxCertPH COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate, Locally issued vaccination card, or WHO International Certificate of Vaccination
  • Government-issued ID
  • Visita Zambales registration

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