Despite spike in virus cases, Philippines reopens tourism hotspots

Boracay reopend for local tourists

Just days before the Philippines reported a new spike in Covid-19 infections, the government announced the reopening of two popular tourism destinations, the tropical island of Boracay and the northern mountain city of Baguio, to domestic holidaymakers.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said on October 2 that there was an “urgent need” to revive the tourism industry in the Philippines, but the reopening of destinations will be done “very slowly and cautiously” and with the approval of local mayors.

Only local tourists from regions with low-level quarantine designations could go, subject to safety measures including tests showing a visitor is coronavirus-free.

The announcement came two days before the Philippines recorded 3,190 new coronavirus cases on October 4, its biggest daily increase since September 21, bringing total confirmed infections to 322,497, the highest tally in the region, and 5,776 deaths

“We have to be very careful,” Romulo-Puyat said.

No parties and group sport activities allowed

In Boracay, tourists other than from the neighbouring Aklan province need to present negative Covid-19 test result not older than 48 hours. Such test cost between $62 and $248, depending in which clinic or hospital they are done. Visitors also need to register and get a QR code to track their movement. Parties and organised sports activities are still not allowed.

So far, the reopening did not trigger a mass run. On the first day, only 35 visitors came to Boracay, mostly from Aklan province and from Iloilo. Just seven arrived from Manila.

In Baguio City, the administration decided to offer free antigen test to encourage Filipinos to travel by using a more affordable Covid-19 test with instant results.

Besides Boracay and Baguio City, the plan is to reopen the provinces of La Union, Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte, all in north-western Luzon, later in October.



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Boracay reopend for local tourists Just days before the Philippines reported a new spike in Covid-19 infections, the government announced the reopening of two popular tourism destinations, the tropical island of Boracay and the northern mountain city of Baguio, to domestic holidaymakers. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said on October 2 that there was an “urgent need” to revive the tourism industry in the Philippines, but the reopening of destinations will be done “very slowly and cautiously” and with the approval of local mayors. Only local tourists from regions with low-level quarantine designations could go, subject to safety measures including tests...

Boracay reopend for local tourists

Just days before the Philippines reported a new spike in Covid-19 infections, the government announced the reopening of two popular tourism destinations, the tropical island of Boracay and the northern mountain city of Baguio, to domestic holidaymakers.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said on October 2 that there was an “urgent need” to revive the tourism industry in the Philippines, but the reopening of destinations will be done “very slowly and cautiously” and with the approval of local mayors.

Only local tourists from regions with low-level quarantine designations could go, subject to safety measures including tests showing a visitor is coronavirus-free.

The announcement came two days before the Philippines recorded 3,190 new coronavirus cases on October 4, its biggest daily increase since September 21, bringing total confirmed infections to 322,497, the highest tally in the region, and 5,776 deaths

“We have to be very careful,” Romulo-Puyat said.

No parties and group sport activities allowed

In Boracay, tourists other than from the neighbouring Aklan province need to present negative Covid-19 test result not older than 48 hours. Such test cost between $62 and $248, depending in which clinic or hospital they are done. Visitors also need to register and get a QR code to track their movement. Parties and organised sports activities are still not allowed.

So far, the reopening did not trigger a mass run. On the first day, only 35 visitors came to Boracay, mostly from Aklan province and from Iloilo. Just seven arrived from Manila.

In Baguio City, the administration decided to offer free antigen test to encourage Filipinos to travel by using a more affordable Covid-19 test with instant results.

Besides Boracay and Baguio City, the plan is to reopen the provinces of La Union, Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte, all in north-western Luzon, later in October.



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