MANILA, Nov 18 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Tourism on Wednesday urged the concerned local government units (LGUs) on Boracay Island to simplify travel requirements after receiving numerous complaints of disrupted travel schedules from visitors.
“The DOT expresses its concern on the numerous complaints related to the delayed processing of visitors’ requirements, leading to missed flights and disrupted travel schedules, particularly from leisure travelers applying for entry to the Municipality of Malay that covers the island of Boracay,” the department said in a statement.
The tourism department said it has reached out to concerned LGUs to simplify travel requirements for visitors saying that it is “a vital component in ensuring the recovery of the island’s tourism industry and workforce that have been severely affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”
Also, the DOT said that it understands the challenges and restrictions that hamper the LGUs.
However, it noted the importance of timely facilitation of such requests imposed on the visitors by the LGUs themselves.
Likewise, the department appealed to all LGUs on the island to ensure that requirements for travelers are streamlined and simplified.
“After all, the pace at which the industry can bounce back from its losses will be largely determined by the policies that will be implemented by the national and local government, and the participation and cooperation of its tourism stakeholders and the traveling public,” it added.
Starting November 16, negative RT-PCR test results will no longer be required for fully vaccinated tourists, Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores said last Friday.
Tourists, however, must present their vaccination certificates, secured from the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).
Vaccination cards issued by local government units will also be accepted as long as they have QR codes.
Meanwhile, Boracay-bound tourists who are partially vaccinated against COVID-19 would still be required to present a negative RT-PCR test result, according to the local government unit.
Tourists must still pass through the Caticlan Airport. (MNS)