Boracay allows tourists of all ages, but …

Published October 19, 2021, 3:08 PM

by Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY — The national government is now allowing tourists of all ages from the National Capital Region (NCR) as well as areas classified as general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified GCQ (MGCQ) to visit Boracay Island, the country’s most famous beach destination.

But in a recent advisory, the Department of Tourism (DOT) specifically listed the certain requirements that tourists of all ages must comply with to be able to enter the popular resort island located in Malay town, Aklan province.

Foremost, all incoming tourists still need to present test results they are negative for COVID-19. That’s on top of the policy of the national government that fully vaccinated individuals can engage in point-to-point inter-zonal travel.

Kids swim at the famous beach front of Boracay Island when the country’s most famous beach destination reopened to local tourists last October 2020. (Tara Yap/File/Manila Bulletin)

Prior to the advisory, only those aged 18 to 65 are allowed.

Incoming tourists will only be allowed entry to Boracay if they have booked a room with a DOT-accredited hotels or resorts, must have an S-Pass and already filled up a health declaration forms.

For the period of October 1-10, a total of 6,925 tourists came to Boracay.

The numbers for previous months are not as what was expected since Boracay had to be closed

to tourists last August when Aklan province was placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) due to rising COVID-19 cases.

Under the national government guidelines, leisure travel is barred under MECQ.