Aklan reimposes negative RT-PCR test requirement for Boracay tourists, returning locals

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 6) — Boracay tourists and returning locals will have to again present negative RT-PCR test results before they are allowed entry to Aklan beginning next week, the provincial government said.

Aklan Governor Florencio Milaflores ordered the reimposition of the requirement on Jan. 9, amid the threat of the highly infectious Omicron variant.

Under the governor’s executive order dated Jan. 5, tourists and returning Aklanons must attach a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours of their date of travel when filling up their Online Health Declaration Card (OHDC) at touristboracay.com or aklan.gov.ph. They must also generate their own QR codes using either site prior to entry.

For returning overseas Filipinos or Filipino workers, they must also include proof of identification with Philippine residency.

Tourists must also attach a copy of their confirmed booking slip or form from an accredited accommodation establishment in Boracay.

However, Aklanon tourists residing in the province only need to present their VaxCertPH-issued COVID-19 vaccination certificates indicating their full inoculation status. If unavailable, they can present locally issued vaccination cards.

They may also use fill up a certificate of undertaking for accommodation in the absence of a hotel booking confirmation, read the order.

Aklanon tourists living in the province, along with tourists hailing from Western Visayas, must also take a picture of their vehicle plate if using private cars. Those taking public transport must complete a certificate of undertaking for travel details.

For Aklanons returning to the province, they also need to attach, along with their negative test result, a notice of coordination from their municipality of destination, which is issued by the mayor’s office.

They also need to include a screenshot of the OHDC confirmation, a Philippine government-issued ID with their Aklan address, travel details, and proof of vaccination status.

Fully vaccinated individuals may prove their status by presenting their COVID-19 vaccination certificates from VaxCertPH. If unavailable, locally issued vaccination cards with a verifiable QR code or certificate of vaccination from the inoculation center with contact details can be presented, too.

Vaccination cards, IDs, or certificates issued abroad can be presented as well, according to the EO.

The order also requires the accomplishment of the certificate of undertaking for traveling with minors for those with companions aged below 12.

Travelers are also required to present a similar negative RT-PCR test result, along with a travel order, OHDC confirmation page screenshot, proof of identification with Philippine residency, travel details, and proof of vaccination status.

Milaflores initially waived the negative RT-PCR test requirement last November to help boost local tourism.

The province has over 13,100 COVID-19 infections to date, according to Department of Health figures.