Even amidst the pandemic, one cannot simply resist the urge to travel. Summer is just around the corner, and with the vaccine on its way, people just wanted to take it easy and want to travel in a beautiful island paradise just like Boracay.
After its reopening last October 26, 2018, Boracay is a paradise once more. Just last year, it placed 2nd in Conde Nast's Travelers 25 best island beaches in the World 2020 readers choice award and the island’s continued rehabilitation for sustainable tourism development program by the national government makes the vacation at Boracay worth planning.
Here is a quick guide to let you know all the things needed to ensure safety and hassle-less travel going to Boracay this 2021.
Testing for COVID-19
For a safe travel experience, the INTER-AGENCY TASK FORCE FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES or IATF recommends that you should take the COVID-19 test three days before your actual flight. Either by a swab test or saliva test. Always remember to do your due diligence and plan ahead of time before your vacation. Once your test has returned and it is negative you are now good to go. But as of this writing only the Swab Test is accepted upon entering the island.
Book your Flight and your Accommodation
Pre-book your flight and the hotel that you are staying in. Take note to book roundtrip plane tickets via MPH (Godofredo Ramos Boracay Airport/Caticlan Airpot). For tourists coming to Boracay, this is the only airport of entry.
For your hotel, you may check if it is included in the list of DOT Accommodation Establishments with CAO/PCAO in the Facebook Account of DOT VI Western Visayas at https://web.facebook.com/DOTR6WesternVisayas/photos/pcb.1772206476293844/1772205522960606
A confirmation of your booking and flight helps answer the health declaration form.
Fill-Up Health Declaration Form and get the QR code
Visit the touristboracay.com for the health declaration form, just fill up the webform and answer questions about your personal information, health information, travel details, booking details, your accommodation in Boracay, and your travel itinerary please answer truthfully.
Take a screenshot of the confirmation page.
Afterward, attach a copy of the screenshot of confirmation page, a copy of your RT PCR results with date of extraction within 72 hours to date of travel, a copy of your confirmed hotel booking, roundtrip plane ticket, and proof of identification with Philippine Residency at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Please submit your documents at least 12 hours or more before your flight/travel to avoid delays. Your documents are being validated with the accommodation establishments and the laboratories and this takes some time. Please send only valid documents as falsification is punishable by law.
Take in mind to use this format in sending the email, subject: OHDC-FamilyName, FirstName. Multiple tourist documents can be sent in one email. Just include a listing of the names of the tourists.
You will then receive a copy of HDC with Tourist QR Code in your email If processing is successful just wait for an hour after you've sent the email. Again, save this or have it printed. This will be your identification code everywhere you go, may it be to your hotel, restaurants, or facilities. Also, include two valid I.D's to confirm the code. If you have not received any response within two hours, please send another follow up email.
If processing is unsuccessful, an email will be sent to you requesting for additional requirements or clarification. Please immediately comply with this to avoid delays in the QR Code release.
Your Tourist QR Code has an expiry of twelve (12) hours from your accommodation checkout time. If you are extending your stay in Boracay Island, please send an email of a new booking slip showing the extension to email@example.com before your original checkout time.
Arrival at Caticlan Airport
Upon arriving at the airport, please prepare your QR Code then you will be headed to the Caticlan Jetty Port via shuttle service provided by your hotel or you can commute through a public vehicle. At the Caticlan Jetty Port, you will present your your QR code. Kindly prepare all your documents if ever needed for any further clarification.
Next is, to proceed at the window for the terminal and environmental fee. Please be guided that the terminal fee for everyone local or foreign tourist costs about ₱100.00 each. While the environmental fee for local tourist is ₱150.00 and for students, PWD, and seniors citizens with ID is ₱120.00. While foreigners will pay ₱300.00 per person (11 years old and above).
Then buy your boat tickets if you don't have pre-booked transfer services. For each person it cost ₱40.00 for the daytime, 6:00 am to 5:29 pm and an additional ₱10.00 will be added for the nighttime which will start at 5:30 pm.
Docking at Boracay
Always remember to wear your face mask and face shield inside the vehicle. There are E-trikes waiting for you to take you to your hotel or your shuttle service provided by your hotel. Now, depending on your location, chartered rates may vary. For a group of four persons, it is about PHP 120.00 going to station 3 and 2, while for station 1 and further there is an additional fee. Again prepare your necessary documents upon checking in at your respective hotel.
At the beach
Finally, you can now enjoy the beauty of Boracay Island. Please always bring your face mask with you. You can only take off your face mask when you're going to swim. With fewer tourists than before, Boracay gives you a much better view of the beach with a sweet sense of peacefulness, just you, your family, or loved ones feeling the waves, the powdery white sand, and the warm beautiful sun rays.
Now let's have some fun. Activities are still allowed in Boracay, provided that you follow all the health and safety protocols, like social distancing, wearing of face mask, washing of hands, etc.
All land and water activities are allowed like parasailing, scuba diving, island hopping, and more.
Where to eat, where to go
There are many open restaurants. Places like The D-mall is also open for souvenirs, food stalls, boutiques, ATM, and many more. If you are looking for a relaxing massage service, this is no longer allowed along the beach, though you can still avail of it through room service or in an accredited wellness center on the island.
You can go out for some chilling in the night. Nightlife in Boracay is cut short, there are no more partying and there's a curfew starting at 11:00 pm.
More people are starting to get weary inside their homes. It's no secret that the coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we travel. And the decision to travel in the first place is ultimately a personal choice.
You can start planning your next travel adventures in Boracay. But always remember to follow all the Health and Safety Protocols throughout your vacation.
For further inquiries regarding your trip to Boracay, you may contact the 24/7 Boracay Tourist Information Hotline below.
Smart: 0968 243 1919
Globe: 0927 439 2343