Bohol partially eases travel restrictions

Published September 14, 2021, 2:06 PM

by Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY — Travel restrictions in Bohol have been partially eased following the lifting of the mandatory five-day quarantine for those arriving in the province.

Through Executive No. 44 that was issued by Bohol Governor Arthur Yap, both authorized persons outside residence (APOR) and non-APORs will only have to present a 72-hour negative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test result.

Arriving passengers will also have to present S-Pass or Safe, Swift and Smart Passage, a travel management system developed by the Department of Science and Technology.

In his EO, which took effect last September 7, Yap explained that the decision to lift the mandatory five-day quarantine following a three-day meeting by various stakeholders that included the mayors, medical sector and tourism industry.

Yap said data showed that there was low to almost zero positivity rate from those arriving travelers.

The tourism sector also noted that tourists would usually stay in their resort or hotel while in the province.

The mandatory five-day quarantine was imposed last August when COVID-19 cases surged in Bohol.

In the September 13 data of the Department of Health Central Visayas, Bohol still had 3,563 active cases with 11,580 recoveries and 139 deaths.