Manila, Philippines - The Department of Tourism (DOT) is hopeful of higher tourism growth after lowering the COVID-19 alert level in the NCR (National Capital Region) and various areas across the country to Level 1, considering this will further boost travel and tourism activities amid the pandemic.
Based on the (IATF-EID) Resolution No. 163-A, 16 cities and one municipality in the NCR, with 38 other areas (visit philippines. travel/safetrip), have been downgraded to the lowest alert level system as the COVID-19 cases over the past few days have been declining. Same with the total bed utilization rate, hospitals' intensive care unit utilization rates are also low.
"The Department welcomes this development as it not only indicates that we are well on our way to recovery but is also a testament to all the work and sacrifices we have made to reach this point," DOT Secretary Puyat said.
"Travelling between places under Alert Level 1 status, such as Baguio, Boracay, Ilocos Region, Aurora, Batanes, Laguna, Puerto Princesa City,Bacolod, Guimaras, Camiguin, and Davao City, is now easier and more convenient. The DOT anticipates with optimism the revival of many tourism jobs and opportunities that were once lost to the pandemic," The tourism chief emphasized.
The Safe, Swift, and Smart Passage (S-Pass) travel management system is no longer required for interzonal travel to areas under the same alert level.
Health declaration forms will no longer be required for all agencies and establishments. Vaccinated individuals eighteen (18) years old and above are still required to present proof of full vaccination before entry into any venue for:
- Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE)
- Participation in social events such as parties, wedding receptions, engagements parties, wedding anniversaries, debut and birthday parties, family reunions, and bridal or baby showers
- Going to tourist attractions such as libraries, archives, museums, galleries, exhibits, parks, plazas,
public gardens, scenic viewpoints or overlooks, and the like.
*Mass gatherings or entry into indoor establishments, such as venues with live voice or wind-instrument performers and audiences, in karaoke, bars, clubs, concert halls, and theaters.
- Indoor ancillary establishments in hotels and other accommodation establishments
- Venues for election-related events.
Puyat said that the existing guidelines imposed by local government units (LGUs) with jurisdictions should be adhered to help in the full restoration of the heavily impacted tourism sector.