#TravelPH - Boracay Travel Guide 2021

Boracay reopened last October 2020 after they closed its borders from tourists due to the effects of pandemic. Having said that, the island are strictly following safety protocols as mandated by the Philippine government to make sure that local transmission will not happen. Boracay government officials have set guidelines to follow if you wish to visit the island. Sharing you some pertinent information that will help you plan your trip.

1. Secure your flights to Boracay

Different local airlines offer direct flight from Manila to Godofredo P. Ramos Airport or Caticlan Airport. Make sure that you will book your flight to Caticlan as this is the designated point of entry.

2. Secure your Hotel Booking

To ensure safety and the quality of service, all travelers are required to pre-book in DOT-accredited hotels and resorts issued with a Certificate of Authority to Open. You can find the list of these accommodation establishments here: List of DOT Accredited Hotel in Boracay

3. Secure your RT-PCR test schedule

A negative RT-PCR result not earlier than seventy-two (72) hours prior to travelling to Boracay is mandatory. Travelers are strongly advised to observe strict quarantine immediately after undergoing the test until the date of travel to the island.

On our end, we avail the subsidized RT-PCR test by the Tourism Promotions Board. There are two (2) accredited hospitals. Philippine General Hospital (PGH) in Manila which offers the test for php 900 and Philippine Children's Medical Center (PCMC) in Quezon City which offers it for php 750.  For you to be able to qualify, you must submit the following on the application form at least 5 days prior to your flight.

  1. Copy of two (2) valid government-issued IDs
  2. Copy of confirmed hotel booking
  3. Copy of roundtrip transportation tickets, if applicable (airline/bus/ferry tickets)
You may fill up the application form here: Subsidized RT-PCR Test For Domestic Travelers

The Tourism Promotions Board arm for this initiative are very responsive so you'll know the next hours or days if your application is approved or not, since they only accommodate 100 people everyday. On our case, we listed other 2 options where we can have our RT-PCR test just incase our applications will be rejected.

4. Fill out Health Declaration Form

  1. Boracay local government requires ALL visitors to have the QR code for easy tagging to establishments you wish to visit when you're in the island. Here are the steps you need to follow:
  2. Access http://aklan.gov.ph and click the Online Health Declaration Card button then choose Boracay in the “Where To?” page.
  3. Fill out the required fields and submit. A confirmation with instructions will be displayed. 
  4. Save a copy of the Health Declaration Card (HDC) on your smartphone or have it printed. 

5. Submit requirements via email

Attach a copy of the HDC together with a copy of your RT-PCR Negative Result, confirmed flight and booking details, and your valid ID, then email it to touristboracay@gmail.com with this subject format: OHDC - Family Name, First Name (example: OHDC - Dela Cruz, Juan). Registration for multiple tourists and their documents can be sent in one email. 

Wait for the email response within the day.

6. Secure your QR code

If approved, a copy of your HDC and Tourist QR Code will be sent back to you. Present these to authorities in the borders for scanning. You may just keep a screenshot of QR Code on your mobile phones.

7. Pack your bags and get ready!

When packing, be sure to pack your safety essentials like face masks, face shields, alcohol, wipes, etc. You may also check with your airline for any additional requirements they have for travelers.   After that, you are now 

Once you're in Boracay, make sure you follow these safety protocols:

QR Code

Tourists should always have a copy of their QR code whether through their smartphone or a printed physical copy. Hotels, restaurants and other facilities will require it as you enter their establishments for contact tracing.

Mask and Face shield

Visitors are required to wear proper safety gear and practice physical distancing. Proper safety gear is defined as a mask and face shield, in addition to frequent and proper handwashing.

Transport Protocols

"No mask, No boarding” policy is strictly enforced and vehicles can only allow a maximum of two (2) passengers on tricycles and a maximum of four passengers on e-trikes. Drivers are provided with proper safety gear and the needed sanitization tools to disinfect the vehicle after every ride.

Dining Protocols

Customers dining in have to log down details for contact tracing. Restaurants should have temperature checks, practice social distancing, and other sanitizing products. Self-service stations are barred from operating. 

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