Boracay drops RT-PCR test requirement for fully vaccinated tourists from Panay Island, Guimaras

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 26) — Fully vaccinated tourists from Panay Island and Guimaras will no longer need to present a negative RT-PCR test result to enter Boracay Island in Aklan.

The VaxCertPH is all they have to show, a local official said Tuesday.

Panay Island is composed of Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, and Aklan.

“'Yung Panay Island and Guimaras na mga tourists - kung gusto po nila pumunta sa Boracay, pwede na pong walang RT-PCR basta meron po silang VaxCertPH,” Aklan health officer Cornelio Cuachon told a government briefing.

[Translation: Tourists from Panay Island and Guimaras do not need to show RT-PCR test results anymore as long as they have VaxCertPH.]

Fully vaccinated individuals without VaxCertPH and tourists coming from areas outside Panay Island and Guimaras still need to present RT-PCR negative test results, he added.

Those who received their COVID-19 shots can get their VaxCertPH here.

Cuachon said the provincial government may further ease travel requirements for those who want to visit Boracay once 70% of the eligible population on the island are fully vaccinated.

He said the current vaccination rate among eligible residents is 62% and almost 91% among Boracay tourism workers.

Aklan is currently under general community quarantine. The province has 35 active COVID-19 cases as of Monday, according to Cuachon.