Boracay Travel Requirements Checklist

Posted on by MyBoracayGuide

Updated June 9, 2021

Grab your sunscreen and sunglasses Boracay is now open for domestic tourists traveling from General Community Quarantine (GCQ) and Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) areas. MyBoracayGuide has put together a convenient checklist to help you understand and follow all the health and safety protocols put forth by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).

What are the Requirements to Travel to Boracay?

  1. Negative RT-PCR Test
  2. Accredited Hotel Booking Confirmation
  3. Complete the Online Health Declaration Card
  4. Apply for Tourist QR Code Clearance
  5. Download the Traze Contact Tracing Mobile App (Once Approved to Travel)

 

RT-PCR COVID Test

1. Negative (RT-PCR Test) Or Saliva Test

Before your travel you need to present a negative (RT-PCR) Reverse Transcription- Polymerase Chain Reaction  or Saliva test. You can visit a Department of Health accredited testing center or make an appointment for home testing service here. Make sure the test is performed 72 hours before the time of your flight. Scroll to the bottom of this article to learn about Subsidized RT-PCR Tests.

2. Accredited Hotel Booking Confirmation

When making your Boracay Hotel arrangements make sure the hotel you wish to stay at is on the list of Department of Tourism Accredited Boracay Hotels. An extra step is to ask if the hotel has received a Certificate of Authority to Operate (CAO). A couple of examples are 7 Stones Boracay and Red Coconut Beach Hotel.

3. Complete the Online Health Declaration Card

Visit the website https://touristboracay.com/ to fill out your Health Declaration Card or (HDC). This form is a legal formality to make sure you haven’t been exposed to COVID, tested positive in the past or had a recent fever or any other COVID symptoms. If you answer “No” to these questions and sign your life away you are good to go.

Health Declaration Card

4. Apply For QR Code Clearance

Once you have received your negative RT-PCR Test, Accredited Hotel Booking Confirmation and submitted your Health Declaration Card you are now ready to submit these documents to the LGU in order to receive your QR Code for clearance to travel to Boracay. This QR code is what will be used at the airport, jetty ports and other check points that will need to verify you have received clearance to travel.

Email the following documents to [email protected]

Subject Line: OHDC-Family Name, First Name

a) Health Declaration Card (HDC)
b) Negative RT-PCR Test (valid 48 hours before arrival in Boracay)
c) Accredited Hotel Booking Confirmation
d) Proof of Identity (Copy of Passport, National ID or Valid ACR)

Expect a response with 24 hours. Once you are approved you will receive a Tourist QR code which you will need to print out and use to show at the airport, jetty ports and other various check points in order to prove your right to travel. It’s also a good idea to have your other important documents printed out and ready to show at any time.

Aklanon tourists who wish to return to Aklan and are currently residing outside the province of Aklan must also comply with the above guidelines. Local residents of Aklan will also need to submit a Health Declaration Card and a Confirmed Hotel Reservation in order to travel to Boracay.

5. Download the Traze Contact Tracing Mobile Application

Each traveler is required to register an account with the Traze Contact tracing Mobile App as mandated by the department of transportation before entering the airport terminal.

Traze App on Google Play

Traze App Apple App Store

6. Register for S-Pass Travel Coordination Permit (Optional)

Visit the website https://s-pass.ph to register an account for the S-Pass online travel and management system set up by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF). It’s intended use is a one stop communication and coordination platform for travelers and local government units. This is not a requirement in order to obtain the Tourist QR Clearance Code.

Other Important Information

Airplane and Airport Terminal Guidelines

Do I book tickets to Caticlan or Kalibo Airport?

If you are traveling by air, Caticlan airport will be the designated entry and exit airport for Boracay. Kalibo International Airport will be reserved for Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROF), Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR) and Locally Stranded Individuals (LSI).

Inside the Airport Terminal

Remember to check-in online before you make your way to the airport terminal. Upon entering the airport each passenger will be required to wear a mask, a face shield and undergo a temperature check. Practice social distancing while making your way through the airport terminal and keep a small bottle of sanitary alcohol readily available to sterilize your hands. It’s also a good idea to bring your own pen to use throughout your journey.

On the Airplane

When boarding the aircraft practice social distancing when necessary. The cabin crew will be wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE) and will provide a shortened inflight safety announcement. Meals and snack will continue to be served in sanitized packaging.

Upon Arrival in Caticlan Airport

When you land in Caticlan, approach your designated Airport Transportation provider. It’s a good idea to plan ahead and pre-book your airport transportation with a local company which will make the journey safe, comfortable and hassle-free.

Prepare your printed documents including a copy of your RT-PCR Test, Hotel Booking Confirmation, QR Clearance code, along with a print-out of your HDC and of course your government issued ID. You will need to present this at the Jetty Port checkpoint at the gateway to Boracay.

You will need to keep your mask and face shield on while you make the journey through Caticlan Jetty Port and onto the boat which will take you to Boracay. The boats will recognize social distancing and be travelling at half capacity. If you wish to book a private boat you can speak with a local agent here.

Airport Transportation

Hotel and Resort Protocols

Every hotel and resort will have it’s own set of guidelines that guests will need to follow. Generally speaking most of the common rules you are already used to will apply. Temperature checks upon entering the hotel and/or resort. Proper sanitization of your hands upon entering the resort and a face mask and/or face shield needs to be worn at all times.  Social distancing should be respected with while outside the rooms. Some resorts may restrict outside guests, so you may want to check with the hotel management before bringing in any outside visitors. Some resorts may also have contact tracing protocols that you will need to abide by.

 

Food Delivery to Your Hotel Room

Don’t feel like going out for dinner or perhaps you have a hankering for a late night snack. Choose from a wide variety of Boracay restaurants and have your meals delivered by MyBoracayGuide Delivery.

Enjoying the Island Activities

It’s never been a better time to visit Boracay and enjoy the islands activities.  The beaches are practically empty and the sea life has returned to the reefs due to practically zero boat traffic. If you ever wanted to experience Boracay at it’s finest, Now is the time to book your trip. The most popular activity to experience while you are here is Group Island Hopping. During all activities you will need to practices social distancing also wear a mask and/or face shield at all times during the trip except while snorkeling of course.  You are able to rent scuba masks, but at this time snorkels are not available to rent so, it’s best to bring your own. If you are wary about mingling with other guests you can even book your own Private Island Hopping.  Other popular activities that are available include jet skiing and parasailing. 

 

Subsidies for RT-PCR Tests

The government of the Philippines is offering to help subsidize the cost of the RT-PCR testing from 1800 Php to only 900 Php per person. The subsidized test must be received from the Philippine General Hospital and applications need to be submitted to 5 days prior to departure to http://www.tpb.gov.ph/rtpcrphtravel/.

Meet the Following Requirements to Qualify

a) Booking Confirmation at a Accredited Boracay Hotel
b) Hold a Philippine passport or a foreigner with a Valid ACR
c) Hold Round-trip airline tickets

If you have any questions, please write them in the comments below and one of our agents will respond quickly.


One Comment

  1. blank Ren says:

    This blog is very helpful, thank you for posting 🙂

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