Boracay Island will waive RT-PCR testing for fully vaxxed visitors by November

Boracay Island will waive RT-PCR testing for fully vaxxed visitors by November

By November, fully vaccinated individuals going to Boracay Island no longer need to undergo Covid-19 testing as all active tourism workers, and eligible residents of Boracay are projected to be fully vaccinated within October.

As of October 24, 91.09% of all tourism workers and 62.78% of the eligible population of the Island are already inoculated.

Once Boracay Island reaches a 100% vaccination rate among its residents, Aklan Gov. Florencio Miraflores agreed to accept tourists with proof of full vaccination -- instead of a negative RT-PCR test result.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) projected that within October, the entire eligible population of the Island will be vaccinated. This would make it the first destination in the Philippines to achieve 100% inoculation.

“With 100 percent of tourism workers in Boracay inoculated, the DOT is confident that in the weeks to come, tourism arrivals on the island will further increase and more tourism establishments will be able to reopen to restore jobs,” Tourism Sec. Berna Romulo-Puyat expressed.

The Island was also the first tourist destination to receive vaccines against Covid-19 earlier this year.

A total of 11,668 active tourism workers on Boracay have received complete doses of the anti-COVID shot.

Meanwhile, a total of 15,350 or 62.78% of the Island’s eligible population of 24,451 are fully vaccinated, leaving some 9,000 residents to be vaccinated. As of October 18, there were no new active cases on the Island.

Since Aklan's restrictions eased, more and more tourists visit Boracay, where in just the first three weeks of October, the Malay Tourism Office recorded a total of 17,995 tourist arrivals.

“We believe that with the 100 percent inoculation of the Island’s workers, the confidence of more Filipinos to travel will be restored, and that the island will be back on its feet sooner than anticipated,”  Puyat said.

Western Visayas (Region 6), which is comprised of the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Negros Occidental, Capiz, Guimaras, and Iloilo, has recorded an inoculation rate of 63.26% among tourism workers as of October 21.

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