The sea and air travel ban in Bohol is now lifted starting September 1

The sea and air travel ban in Bohol is now lifted starting September 1

Non-authorized persons outside residence (non-APORs) can now travel to Bohol as the temporary ban on air and sea travel is finally removed after three weeks by Bohol Gov. Arthur Yap.

Starting September 1, returning residents and tourists are allowed to travel to Bohol as Yap issued Executive Order No. 42 yesterday, lifting the border closure.

However, they still must follow protocols and submit requirements such as a negative result of an RT-PCR test that's done within 72 hours before arrival.

According to the executive order, upon arrival, they will have to undergo isolation for five days in a government-approved public or privately owned quarantine facility.

The privately-owned quarantine facility should be an accredited accommodation by the Department of Tourism (DOT) or any private facility/house/home with separate rooms and Toilet Bath facility.

And then, they'll have to do a repeat RT-PCR Test on the fifth day of their quarantine period.

They will be released if their results are negative. However, if it is positive, they'll have to resume their isolation, and only after yielding a negative result will they be permitted to go home.

Meanwhile, for the APORs, the testing and quarantine protocols shall remain the same. While, there will still be strict enforcement of border control in all ports of entry, and, if any violations occurred, measures would be strictly imposed.

Last August 6, Bohol suspended its air and sea travel for 14 days to curb the spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

But, because of the continuing rise of COVID-19 cases, it was extended for another week.

Meanwhile, several groups and officers suggested removing the air and sea travel ban and making those classified as non-APOR undergo the same quarantine protocols that the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have.

The ones included in making the recommendation are the: mayors, Medical Task Group, the DILG, the Public Security Task Group, and the officers of Provincial Tourism Council (PTC) and Bohol Association of Hotels, Resorts, and Restaurants (BAHRR).

To decrease the social gatherings of several people and prevent the further spread of the virus, a province-wide liquor ban will remain effective.

Bohol recorded a total of 13,116 confirmed cases, including 1,842 active cases and 275 residents' deaths as of August 31.

(Leo Udtohan, GMA News)

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