As the holidays are approaching faster, the Department of Tourism (DOT) continues to appeal to the government to ease the travel requirement further.
Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat expresses her hope that there would be fewer travel restrictions so that more Filipino families can enjoy Christmas without the need to spend too much.
"Admittedly, ‘yung magastos talaga is the negative RT-PCR. Syempre, mas maganda na if they accept vaccination cards in lieu of RT-PCR, less gastos din ‘yun," Puyat told the CNN Philippines' The Source on Wednesday.
(Admittedly, the negative RT-PCR requirement is really costly. Of course, it would be better to accept vaccination cards in lieu of RT-PCR, as it would reduce the expenses.)
Last Oct. 28, the DOT gave a list of destinations that no longer requires a negative COVID-19 test result such as, the Cebu province, Lapu-Lapu City, and Catbalogan City.
Meanwhile, travelers going to Bohol, Iloilo City, and Negros Occidental can present their vaccination certificates from VaxCertPH.
Tourists should also present vaccination cards when going to Baguio City, Clark Freeport Zone, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Tarlac, Masbate, Southern Leyte, Tacloban City, Maasing City, Misamis Oriental, and Cebu City.
However, in Aklan, authorities still require a negative RT-PCR test result for tourists going to Boracay Island except for those fully vaccinated travelers from the Panay Island and Guimaras.
Furthermore, the DOT coordinates with the Philippine Children's Medical Center to provide free swab tests for qualified travelers, wherein the daily cap is 350 tests. Puyat also added that the DOT is planning to tap other groups to subsidize testing for tourists.