In case you’re wondering: Negative swab test result still a Boracay visitor must-have

Published March 2, 2021, 9:32 PM

by Alexandria Dennise San Juan

The municipality of Malay, Aklan has reiterated that there has been no change on its list of travel requirements for tourists going to the world-famous Boracay Island.

On a Facebook post Tuesday, March 2, the local government unit of Malay clarified that a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test result was still being required before entry to the island.

Aside from a negative RT-PCR test result taken 72 hours before travel, entry requirements for Boracay also include hotel confirmation from a Department of Tourism (DOT)-accredited accommodation establishment issued with a Certificate of Authority to Operate (CAO); a valid ID showing proof of residence in an area under general community quarantine (GCQ) or modified GCQ; and a completed online health declaration form from

The reminder came after the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases approved the uniform set of travel protocols for land, air, and sea across the country while keeping strict health protocols in place.

These include the scrapping of the mandatory coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing, except when required by the LGUs of destination, as well as the need to go on quarantine unless the traveler shows symptoms.

Meanwhile, the local government of Malay added that it is “currently working on several proposals to make the requirements easier for local tourists.”