The Provincial Government of Pangasinan eased travel restrictions this week, tourists outside of the Ilocos region are now allowed to travel to Pangasinan.
Gov. Amado Espino III issued an executive order removing the travel authority and medical certificates from the required documents upon entering the province.
However, tourists planning to visit the province should still check their destination as some of the local governments might still require them to present a negative result transcription-polymerase chain reaction result, Espino said.
To maintain a balance between local economic recovery and safety measures, Espino asked the local governments to implement “reasonable regulations” in his order.
He continued, minimum public health standards, such as physical distancing and wearing of face masks and face shields, would still be mandated.
Starting September last year, under the “Ridge and Reef” travel bubble with its neighboring areas, Pangasinan began to accept tourists coming from the Ilocos region and Baguio City.
Tourism stakeholders in Bolinao asked Espino last month, to accept tourists from the Central Luzon region, which is the town's second-biggest tourism market, next to Metro Manila.
About 150 tourism-related establishments such as restaurants and resorts have been built around Bolinao alone. Bolinao and a large part of the province are known for their natural attractions, such as beaches, rivers, caves, and waterfalls.
To regulate compliance with travel requirements when entering the Pangasinan Province, tourists must register in the online visitor portal pangasinan.tarana.ph. The system would remove complications when applying for a travel schedule in the province, Espino said.