RT-PCR test requirement removed for fully vaxxed tourists going to Boracay Island starting Nov. 16

RT-PCR test requirement removed for fully vaxxed tourists going to Boracay Island starting Nov. 16

Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores confirmed that starting November 16, Boracay Island will waive the RT-PCR test requirement for fully-vaccinated tourists.

“I’m happy to report na by November 16, next week, tatanggalin na namin yung requirement ng RT-PCR test sa mga lahat na pumupunta ng Boracay,” Miraflores said in a report by ABS-CBN’s TeleRadyo.

(I’m happy to report that by November 16, next week, we will be removing the RT-PCR test requirement for all those who are going to Boracay.)

The governor also said that tourists would only need to present their vaccine certificate or their vaccination card to prove that they are already fully vaccinated against Covid-19 instead of an RT-PCR test result upon arrival on the Island.

To secure a vaccination certification, a fully vaccinated person has to visit https://vaxcert.doh.gov.ph/.

When filling up the entries, the applicant has to choose “travel abroad” for the vaccination certificate, or else the system will decline it.

The certification bears a QR code which the tourist will present when entering the Island.

However, for tourists who are not vaccinated or have only one dose of a two-dose jab regime, Miraflores stressed that they still need to present a negative RT-PCR test result.

He added that those planning to present a fake vaccination certificate would be caught as the local government has systems in place to ensure the security of the Island.

“Meron naman tayon validating team d'yan, kagaya ng pag-validate natin ng RT-PCR test,” Miraflores said.

(We have a validating team for that, the same as our validation of the RT-PCR test.)

Meanwhile, according to Miraflores, 94% of the tourism workers in Boracay are already fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

“Sa atin namang general population, 94 percent ang nakakuha ng first dose, at ang naka-second dose is 70 percent. So nakuha na namin ang herd immunity ng general population ng isla ng Boracay,” he said.

(In our general population, 94% have received their first dose, and those who got their second dose are at 70%. So, we have achieved the herd immunity of the general population of the Island of Boracay.)

Miraflores added that they would continue their vaccination program to achieve a 100% vaccination rate for Boracay Island.

(ABS-CBN News)


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