The Department of Tourism (DOT) reminded accredited Accommodation Establishments operating as Quarantine Hotels to allow room sharing for those belonging in the same household traveling together, especially families with minors.
"We have received reports that some DOT-Accredited Accommodation Establishments operating as Quarantine Hotels have been implementing a one-room-one-person policy even for travelers coming from the same household," Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat said.
The DOT Administrative Order allows certain individuals under mandatory quarantine to stay in the same room, which the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has confirmed.
That Administrative Order was approved with the Department of Health (DOH) and Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) approval.
"We would like to reiterate that all DOT-accredited establishments must strictly follow the guidelines released by the Department to avoid confusion among travelers who need to quarantine," Puyat stressed.
Based on DOT Administrative Order No. 2021-004-A, single occupancy is required for quarantine guests from different households.
"We all share the same struggles but it is imperative that we implement the right policies to help our kababayans who want to return to the country," added Puyat.
Room sharing is encouraged for quarantine guests belonging to the same household and guests requiring a companion, such as minors, PWDs, or senior citizens, or as may be prescribed by the DOH or the BOQ.
"If we want to fast-track the recovery of the industry, tourism stakeholders should also help the Department in properly implementing such measures. We need your continued support as we see more Filipino travelers wanting to return home," Puyat emphasized.