Leisure travel for people of all ages from the National Capital Region (NCR)-plus going to other destinations under the most relaxed quarantine status has been extended until June 30, 2021.
In a statement on Wednesday, June 16, Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat noted that travel restrictions have already been relaxed, even for seniors and minor travelers, since June 1.
Prior to this extension, the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases allowed leisure travel for all ages within the NCR-plus bubble until June 15.
“This extended liberal movement of people will allow the DOT and local government units (LGUs) to revive the jobs of displaced tourism workers,” Puyat said.
President Duterte announced on Monday, June 14, that Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal—collectively known as the NCR-plus—will remain under general community quarantine (GCQ) “with some restrictions” until the end of the month.
In its latest resolution, the IATF permitted interzonal travel between areas under GCQ and modified GCQ (MGCQ) for leisure purposes, while tourists coming from Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal are only allowed on a point-to-point basis.
With the removal of the age restrictions, a test-before-travel requirement will also be required for those below 18 years old and above 65 years old along with other restrictions imposed by the DOT and the concerned LGUs.
Based on the data from the Malay Municipal Tourism Office, a total of 9,066 tourists arrived in Boracay Island through Caticlan from June 1 to 13. Of this number, 890 were travelers aged 12 and below, while 178 were 60 and above.
The majority of these visitors came from areas under the NCR-plus bubble such as Metro Manila, Rizal, Cavite, and Laguna.