Siargao to reopen to tourists on Nov. 23

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 21) — Siargao, the surfing capital of the Philippines, is set to welcome back tourists starting Nov. 23, subject to protocols including a curfew, the Department of Tourism announced on Saturday.

The DOT said the local government of Siargao is enforcing regulations such as curfew from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. to ensure safety.

Visitors arriving via the Surigao City or Sayak Airport will be required to present an e-Health pass, with a valid ID, and a negative swab test result taken within 48 hours prior to their travel to the island. And if the RT-PCR test was taken more than 48 hours before going to Siargao, tourists must show a negative antigen test result on the day of arrival, the agency added.

Here is how to get an e-Health pass.

The DOT also noted that flights to Siargao will resume on Dec. 1.

Meanwhile, visitors from Surigao del Norte must also show an e-Health pass and a valid ID; a certificate issued by a barangay captain stating that the traveler is not a close contact, and confirmed booking from a DOT-accredited accommodation establishment.

Hotels and resorts, on the other hand, must ensure they have a business permit, a Certificate of Authority to Operate from the DOT, E-Health System Registration; E-Health Pass or QR Code Reader, and new normal protocols approved by the municipal health office so they could operate.