The Department of Tourism (DOT) appealed to all local government units (LGUs) to simplify and streamline travel requirements as they have received numerous complaints, especially from leisure travelers going to Boracay Island.
The DOT expresses its concerns over tourists who missed their flights and have their travel schedules disrupted due to delayed processing requirements.
The DOT also clarifies that the processing of travel requirements for domestic tourists' entry to a destination falls under the jurisdiction of the LGUs.
While the Department understands the challenges and restrictions that hamper the LGUs, it notes the importance of timely facilitation of such requests imposed on the visitors by the LGUs themselves.
The DOT has already reached out to the concerned LGU and reiterated its position and appeal to streamline and simplify the travel requirements for visitors—a vital component in ensuring the recovery of the island’s tourism industry and workforce that have been severely affected by the ongoing pandemic.
After all, the pace at which the tourism industry can bounce back from its losses would be significantly determined by the policies that will be implemented by the national and local government and the participation and cooperation of its tourism stakeholders and the traveling public.