As the Covid-19 infections continue to decrease and more individuals are getting vaccinated, more restrictions have eased, and some local government units scrapped the COVID-19 swab test requirement for fully vaccinated tourists.
The Department of Tourism (DOT) expressed its gratitude to the LGUs with jurisdiction over tourist destinations that no longer require a negative RT-PCR or antigen test from fully vaccinated travelers.
“We thank the LGUs for this development, especially now that the number of tourists is slowly picking up. We hope that in the months ahead, we will achieve a hundred percent vaccination rate so we can push for a big move for tourism revival,” Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat said.
She also said the DOT has been pushing for fewer restrictions and requirements, especially if local travel destinations have high vaccination rates among locals and tourism workers.
As of October 24, destinations that have agreed to the removal of the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and antigen testing are the following:
- Cebu Province
- Lapu-Lapu City
- Catbalogan City
Below are the destinations that require vaccination certificates acquired through VaxCertPH (doh.gov.ph)
- Iloilo City
- Negros Occidental
And lastly, the destinations that only require a vaccination card from visitors:
- Clark Freeport Zone (except areas under ECQ)
- Subic Bay Freeport Zone
- Tarlac (for areas under ECQ and MECQ)
- Masbate Province
- Southern Leyte
- Tacloban City
- Maasin City
- Misamis Oriental
On the other hand, Boracay Island still requires a negative RT-PCR swab test result for all allowed tourists, including those from the National Capital Region (NCR), except for tourists within Panay Island, including Guimaras Province.
Meanwhile, Puyat noted that the DOT would continue to work with the National Task Force Against COVID-19, the LGUs, and the private sector to ensure that 100 percent of tourism workers in the country will receive their COVID-19 jabs by December 2021.