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.


48 Comments

  1. blank Ria Amparo says:

    Hi!

    Will our result for the RT-PCR still be valid if we take it on Sept. 21 in the afternoon and our flight is on the 24th at 7:30 am?

    Thank you!

    • blank Admin says:

      Hello Ria!

      With regards to your concern please kindly contact Boracay tourism for accurate details.

      Boracay Tourist Info Hotline:
      09274392343/ 09682431919

      Thank you!

      MyBoracayGuide

  2. blank Ezra says:

    Hi, required pa rin po ba ang Negative RT-PCR test result kahit fully vaccinated na? Thank you.

    • blank Admin says:

      Hello Ezra!

      Yes, negative RT-PCR ( Saliva or Swab) test result is still required even you are fully vaccinated.

      Best regards,
      MyBoracayGuide

      • blank Bernard says:

        Hi, good morning! We have kids ages 2 yrs, 6 yrs and 7 yrs old. Are kids already allowed to visit Boracay ?

        • blank Admin says:

          Hello Bernard!

          As of now we have age restrictions for tourists coming from NCR, ages below 18 yrs old as well as 65 yrs old and above are not allowed at this time.

          Best regards,
          MyBoracayGuide

  3. blank Nicole says:

    We are travelling as couple, do we need to apply for SPass individually?

  4. blank Nicole says:

    We are travelling as a couple, do we need to appyl SPass individually?

  5. blank Migs Rodriguez says:

    Hi! So we’re booked to go to Boracay po on Dec 11-15. I know na medyo matagal pa naman po, but what is the current protocol for kids below 8 years old?

    Thank you so much!

    • blank Admin says:

      Hello Migs!

      As of now, ages below 18 as well as 65 and above are restricted to enter Boracay from NCR.

      Here are the requirements for tourist;

      ▪︎Travelers coming from GCQ/MGCQ areas
      ▪︎Negative RT-PCR test result (swab or saliva) with 72 hours validity for non-Aklanon tourists
      ▪︎Hotel reservation from DOT accredited establishment with CAO
      ▪︎Government Issued ID
      ▪︎Travel details
      ▪︎SPass
      ▪︎OHDC/QR

      Access:

      OHDC/QR – http://touristboracay.com/
      SPass – https://s-pass.ph/

      Best regards,
      MyBoracayGuide

  6. blank Ria Evasco says:

    Hello,
    Does Bora accepts tourists as of today? Same requirements needed padin ba? Thank you!

    • blank Admin says:

      Hello Ria!

      Yes tourist’s are now accepted , although there is an age restriction.
      Ages below 18 as well as 65 and above are restricted at this time.

      Here are the requirements for tourist;

      ▪︎Travelers coming from GCQ/MGCQ areas
      ▪︎Negative RT-PCR test result (swab or saliva) with 72 hours validity for non-Aklanon tourists
      ▪︎Hotel reservation from DOT accredited establishment with CAO
      ▪︎Government Issued ID
      ▪︎Travel details
      ▪︎SPass
      ▪︎OHDC/QR

      Access:

      OHDC/QR – http://touristboracay.com/
      SPass – https://s-pass.ph/

      I hope this information helps.

      Best regards,
      MyBoracayGuide

  7. blank 11TH Corporate Centre says:

    Hi. It is MECQ in Manila right now.
    Are visitors from MetroManila allowed to go?

    • blank Admin says:

      Hello!

      Yes, tourists from Manila are now accepted , although there is an age restriction.
      Ages below 18 as well as 65 and above are restricted at this time.

      Here are the requirements for tourist;

      ▪︎Travelers coming from GCQ/MGCQ areas
      ▪︎Negative RT-PCR test result (swab or saliva) with 72 hours validity for non-Aklanon tourists
      ▪︎Hotel reservation from DOT accredited establishment with CAO
      ▪︎Government Issued ID
      ▪︎Travel details
      ▪︎SPass
      ▪︎OHDC/QR

      Access:

      OHDC/QR – http://touristboracay.com/
      SPass – https://s-pass.ph/

      Best regards,
      MyBoracayGuide

  8. blank Rach B says:

    Hi! i have a meeting in Iloilo this Thursday (Sept 9, 2021) and I would like to know if we can enter Boracay and stay there for a couple of days. We will be renting a van from Iloilo to Caticlan. If yes, what requirements are needed? Thanks

    • blank Admin says:

      Hello Rach!

      Apologies for the late reply. Yes, Boracay is now accepting tourists from MGCQ and GCQ areas.

      Here are the requirements for tourist;

      ▪︎Travelers coming from GCQ/MGCQ areas
      ▪︎Negative RT-PCR test result (swab or saliva) with 72 hours validity for non-Aklanon tourists
      ▪︎Hotel reservation from DOT accredited establishment with CAO
      ▪︎Government Issued ID
      ▪︎Travel details
      ▪︎SPass
      ▪︎OHDC/QR

      Access:

      OHDC/QR – http://touristboracay.com/
      SPass – https://s-pass.ph/

      Best regards,
      MyBoracayGuide

  9. blank Eurica says:

    Can we take a swab test in on sept 6 even our flight going to Boracay is on sept 9 around 2pm. Would that be okay even we got there and our rt pcr test would be invalid in an hour?

  10. blank Nick says:

    So we cannot fly from ncr there yet as ncr is still mecq?

    • blank Admin says:

      Hello Nick!

      Tourists are now accepted in Boracay starting Sept 16 , although there is an age restriction.
      Ages below 18 as well as 65 and above are restricted at this time.

      Here are the requirements for tourist;

      ▪︎Travelers coming from GCQ/MGCQ areas
      ▪︎Negative RT-PCR test result (swab or saliva) with 72 hours validity for non-Aklanon tourists
      ▪︎Hotel reservation from DOT accredited establishment with CAO
      ▪︎Government Issued ID
      ▪︎Travel details
      ▪︎SPass
      ▪︎OHDC/QR

      Access:

      OHDC/QR – http://touristboracay.com/
      SPass – https://s-pass.ph/

      We hope this information helps!

      Best regards,
      MyBoracayGuide

  11. blank Odette Dizon says:

    If we are fully vaccinated by the time of our leisure stay in Boracay, do we still need the RT-PCR test?
    Thank you.

  12. blank ramiro luis says:

    I want to ask lang if galing po sa MECG like manila… this is not accepted to travel in Boracay? I hope it will lift to MGCQ before my flight on Sept.13

    • blank Admin says:

      Hello Ramiro!

      We are happy to inform you that tourists are now accepted in Boracay starting September 16 , although there is an age restriction.
      Ages below 18 as well as 65 and above are restricted at this time.

      Here are the requirements for tourist;

      ▪︎Travelers coming from GCQ/MGCQ areas
      ▪︎Negative RT-PCR test result (swab or saliva) with 72 hours validity for non-Aklanon tourists
      ▪︎Hotel reservation from DOT accredited establishment with CAO
      ▪︎Government Issued ID
      ▪︎Travel details
      ▪︎SPass
      ▪︎OHDC/QR

      Access:

      OHDC/QR – http://touristboracay.com/
      SPass – https://s-pass.ph/

      Best regards,
      MyBoracayGuide

  13. blank Raj says:

    Hi,

    How about travelers from Kalibo wants to come here. What’s are the requirements po ?

    • blank Admin says:

      Hello Raj!

      Here are the requirements for tourist;

      ▪︎Travelers coming from GCQ/MGCQ areas.
      ▪︎Negative RT-PCR test result (swab or saliva) with 72 hours validity for non-Aklanon tourists. ( If Aklanon No need)
      ▪︎Hotel reservation from DOT accredited establishment with CAO
      ▪︎Government Issued ID
      ▪︎Travel details
      ▪︎SPass
      ▪︎OHDC/QR

      Or you may also contact Malay tourism office at these numbers for more details.

      09999246939
      0362687420
      0362624692
      0362624924

      Best regards,
      MyBoracayGuide

  14. blank Odi says:

    Hi! Question for Saliva Test since it’s accepted. Needed bang sa red cross or any clinics po pwede?

    • blank Admin says:

      Hello Odi!

      The test will not only be limited to the Philippine Red Cross but other testing facilities accredited with the Department of Health (DOH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

      I hope this information helps.

      Best regards,
      MyBoracayGuide

  15. blank Jachin says:

    Hello, ask ko lang if need pa ng rtpcr kahit na fully vaccinated na?

    • blank Admin says:

      Hello Jachin!

      Yes, RT-PCR ( SWAB or Saliva) negative result is required to enter Boracay even if you are fully vaccinated.

      Here are the requirements for tourist;

      ▪︎Travelers coming from GCQ/MGCQ areas
      ▪︎Negative RT-PCR test result (swab or saliva) with 72 hours validity for non-Aklanon tourists
      ▪︎Hotel reservation from DOT accredited establishment with CAO
      ▪︎Government Issued ID
      ▪︎Travel details
      ▪︎SPass
      ▪︎OHDC/QR

      Happy to help!

      MyBoracayGuide

  16. blank Lui says:

    Hi! Are antigen tests with medical certificate allowed instead of rtpcr test when going to boracay? It indicates there that one is fit to travel/work.

    • blank Admin says:

      Hello Lui!

      As of now, LGU is requiring for a negative RT-PCR test result (swab or saliva) with 72 hours validity for non-Aklanon tourists same as for workers.

      Or you may also contact Malay tourism office at these numbers:

      09999246939
      0362687420
      0362624692
      0362624924

      We hope this information helps!

      MyBoracayGuide

  17. blank Daisy Canciller says:

    If we’ll send the email , is it one by one? What if we are traveling with the family? Thanks! ☺️

    • blank Admin says:

      Hello Daisy!

      You may send it to tourism in one email and just include all the details and requirements of the passengers.

      Happy to help!

      MyBoracayGuide

  18. blank Chel says:

    Hi po. Ask ko lang po, we will be travelling to Boracay this Sept. 13, 2021 and may kasama po kaming 17 year old na niece ko. Wala pa po kasi siya ibang IDs maliban sa school ID and a birth cert. Will that be enough po, kasi wala pa po siya talagang ibang government issued IDs, even passport wala po. Thank you!

  19. blank Aileen Elcano says:

    Hi! Need ba na RT PCR SWAB TEST talaga or pwedeng SALIVA TEST nalang? And wala namang age restrictions sa boracay? Thank youuuu

  20. blank Adrian says:

    Hi, ask ko lang po in our case. We are working in ncr po. Pero yung mga valid ids po namin like Passport etc is naka address sa Lucena kasi dun po permanent address namin, bigla po kasi nag MECQ sa Lucena.

    Nasa ncr naman kami kaso ang id lang namin na iba is company id pero company address lang po nandun.

    • blank Unknown Author says:

      Hello Adrian!

      With this concern, we would highly suggest to contact the Malay Tourism office regarding this issue.

      You may contact them at these numbers:
      09398780715- SMART
      09755809013 – GLOBE

      or email them at : [email protected]

  21. blank Ma Charina De Guzman says:

    Hi. Aside form passport, what other govt issued IDs are acceptable?

  22. blank Sol says:

    Good day Sir,

    Kailangan po bang leisure travel ang naka state na reason sa rtpcr? Thank you po

    • blank Unknown Author says:

      Hello Sol!

      Yes, you need to indicate the purpose of the RT-PCR test requested.

      Best regards,
      MyBoracayGuide

  23. blank Ren says:

    This blog is very helpful, thank you for posting 🙂

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