The requirements when you visit these 4 beach destinations during COVID-19

by Nikko Tuazon
Dec 21, 2020
Raymond Gutierrez, Boracay, Stilts Calatagan
(Left) Last November, Raymond Gutierrez went on a beach getaway at Boracay Island, which has reopened its doors for domestic tourists amid the pandemic. (Right) The Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort in Batangas has started accepting tourists from nearby areas.
PHOTO/S: @mond on Instagram / Nikko Tuazon

In the past few months, several provinces and beach destinations have begun reopening their doors to tourists.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, strict quarantine protocols are being eased in an effort to help the tourism industry slowly recover.

Here are some of the beach destinations you can go to.

BATANGAS

Batangas started accepting domestic tourists from GCQ and MGCQ areas starting October 15, 2020, but with strict adherence to health and safety protocols implemented by the local government units.

Popular diving destinations in Anilao and Mabini that have reopened include Balayan Bay, Cathedral Rock, Beatrice Rock, Twin Rocks, and Mainit Muck.

Those who are not really fond of diving may hang out by the beach at the Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort. Room rates start at PHP5,000 (2pax) to PHP18,800 (7 pax).

The Stilts Calatagan

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BATANGAS REQUIREMENTS FOR TOURISTS

Tourists coming from other provinces are required to have a negative RT-PCR result within 48 hours before their arrival in Batangas.

Those from nearby towns and areas can present a medical certificate that proves they are not showing any signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and are fit to travel.

Visitors must also book their accommodations in hotels and resorts that have a Certificate of Authority to Operate (CAO) or Provisional Certificate of Authority to Operate (PCAO). These are given by the Department of Tourism (DOT) to certify that these hotels or resorts are allowed to operate and are implementing COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

Confirmed booking of accommodations from these hotels and resorts is also required.

PALAWAN

Palawan was hailed as the "Best Island in the World" by Travel + Leisure. The island received this distinction four times from the renowned New York City-based travel magazine.

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Palawan is home to some of the country's pristine beaches and gorgeous landscapes, including the Underground River in Puerto Princesa, Nacpan Beach in El Nido, Twin Lagoons in Coron, and Long Beach in San Vicente.

The towns of El Nido, Coron, and San Vicente in Palawan have recently started accepting guests coming from Metro Manila and other provinces.

Solenn Heussaff and Nico Bolzico recently brought their daughter Thylane on her first beach trip to Palawan.

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Meanwhile, basketball superstar James Yap is currently enjoying his vacation in El Nido and has visited the Cathedral Cave.

PALAWAN REQUIREMENTS FOR TOURISTS

Domestic tourists visiting any of the towns should have a negative result of the RT-PCR test within 24 hours for San Vicente and 48 to 72 hours for El Nido and Coron prior to their arrival.

Tourists should also book their accommodations at hotels and hostels accredited by the DOT.

Those going to El Nido should secure a QR-coded tourist ID from guest.elnidotourism.ph. They would also need to book a pre-arranged tour with a DOT-accredited tour operator.

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Before going to Coron, visitors are required to book roundtrip tickets and secure a pre-booked tour of the town through DOT-accredited tour agencies. They also need to fill up the town's online health declaration form on corontourism.ph.

San Vicente is also implementing a test-before-travel policy. Other travel requirements and guidelines for tourists gare available on its tourism website.

BORACAY

The island of Boracay is one of the first beach destinations to open its doors to domestic tourists from GCQ and MGCQ areas in the country.

A few celebrities including Raymond Gutierrez and Bubbles Paraiso have already gone to the island over the past few weeks.

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BORACAY REQUIREMENTS FOR TOURISTS

The island requires a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours prior to arrival at Caticlan Airport.

They also need a booking confirmation from a DOT-accredited accommodation and a valid ID showing proof of residence in an area under GCQ or MGCQ.

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Tourists also have to fill up their Online Health Declaration Form at www.touristboracay.com.

SIARGAO

Siargao Island has started accepting tourists from other provinces last December 1. Former beauty queen Katarina Rodriguez now considers Siargao as her second home after spending seven months of quarantine on the island.

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SIARGAO REQUIREMENTS FOR TOURISTS

Domestic tourists from GCQ and MGCQ areas can now visit the surfing capital of the Philippines and ride the waves at Cloud 9, get a tan on the Naked Island, and take a plunge at the Sugba Lagoon. But before you get too excited, here are the requirements you need to prepare:

  • A negative RT-PCR test result within 48 hours before your flight
  • Valid ID
  • E-Health Pass registered as Non-Resident Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR) from https://covid19.ssct.edu.ph/healthform
  • Confirmed booking of accommodation for at least five (5) days from DOT-accredited resort, hotel, or hostel
  • Travel itinerary
  • Roundtrip tickets

It is important to note that COVID-19 still exists and whenever you travel, you run the risk of getting infected and possibly infecting the communities you visit. If you are open to the idea of going on a beach trip amid the pandemic, make sure to travel safely and responsibly.

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(Left) Last November, Raymond Gutierrez went on a beach getaway at Boracay Island, which has reopened its doors for domestic tourists amid the pandemic. (Right) The Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort in Batangas has started accepting tourists from nearby areas.
PHOTO/S: @mond on Instagram / Nikko Tuazon
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