The extended moratorium for inbound travel coming from the NCR Plus bubble, including Cebu and Davao, finally ends today, April 19, 2021. Travelers that were stranded can now return to the Province of Aklan.
According to the Provincial Administrator and IATF Spokesman, Atty. Selwyn Ibarreta, in an interview with Jonathan "idol" Cabrera's Todo Latigo morning radio show. Those Essential travelers, Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR), and Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFS), coming from outside of Western Visayas are now allowed to enter the province.
Though all incoming travelers must still present their negative RT-PCR test results taken 72 hours before returning home, this includes Aklanons coming back.
Ibarreta said, based on the executive order, if it has been more than five days for the returning resident of Aklan, they will likely be considered travelers. They must present their negative RT-PCR test, and for travel authority pass, it is not a mandatory requirement upon their arrival. However, Ibarreta recommends that a resident of Aklan coordinates to their town proper at their respective barangay.
Also, residents of Aklan further advised getting a QR-code for their outbound travel to have their records check if it is within five days. So that upon their return, they will no longer require to present a negative RT-PCR test.
Unfortunately, leisure travels coming from the NCR plus bubble and other areas under MECQ going to Western Visayas remain to be suspended until further notice.
Furthermore, the IATF will release an advisory regarding the resumption of shipping vessels at the Caticlan Port to return their trip schedules.
Moreover, Ibarreta said some airlines are now requesting flights to resume, and some are now even accepting bookings.