Philippine tourism

No more swab tests for vaccinated tourists visiting Boracay by November 16

Aika Rey
No more swab tests for vaccinated tourists visiting Boracay by November 16

NO MORE TEST. SWAT team patrols Boracay public areas on Wednesday night, October 27 to keep the peace and enforce protocols banning alcohol and entertainment outside of registered bars and restaurants.

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94% of tourism workers and 70% of the eligible population in Boracay have been vaccinated

Aklan is scrapping the swab test requirement for vaccinated tourists wanting to enter world-famous Boracay Island starting November 16.

Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores announced the good news in an interview with ABS-CBN’s TeleRadyo on Friday, November 12.

Miraflores said that tourists will still have to show their VaxCertPH digital certificate or their vaccination card from their local governments bearing a QR code for verification purposes.

The Department of Tourism welcomed the decision, hoping that more tourists visit the island in November and December.

Currently, 94% of tourism workers and 70% of the eligible population in Boracay have been vaccinated.

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Tourism Secretary Bernadette Puyat earlier said that those who have yet to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have yet to complete their vaccination will still have to present a negative RT-PCR test.

In October, a total of 32,452 people visited Boracay. – Rappler.com

Aika Rey

Aika Rey is a business reporter for Rappler. She covered the Senate of the Philippines before fully diving into numbers and companies. Got tips? Find her on Twitter at @reyaika or shoot her an email at aika.rey@rappler.com.