The Department of Tourism (DOT) has declared that no matter how old a fully vaccinated person is, if they’re from Metro Manila, they can do point-to-point travel. It comes after the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) modified Alert Level 4 guidelines.
Specifically, the edit was on Part 1 Section 3, allowing travel under general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified GCQ for the following:
• People below 18 years old (minors);
• Fully vaccinated people over 65 years old;
• Fully vaccinated people with comorbidities, health risks, or immunodeficiencies;
• Pregnant women who are fully vaccinated
“Further easing of travel restrictions will allow more of our fully vaccinated individuals to enjoy interzonal travel, especially families who wish to travel together. Traveling is a way of bonding, and with all the precautions and protocols in place, we can still do it safely together,” DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said, welcoming the change.
“More importantly, this will encourage more Filipinos to secure their jabs as well,” she added. “As restrictions are lifted, more tourism workers and stakeholders will get back the jobs and livelihoods they lost due to the pandemic.”
In related news, Baguio city’s tourism council recently passed a resolution urging the local government to lift the leisure travel restriction for fully vaccinated tourists. It also suggested visitors who test negative for COVID-19 either through rapid antigen test results or RT-PCR test results within a 48-hour travel window be allowed into the city as well. Members of the academe, Baguio Country Club manager Anthony de Leon, representatives of market traders, tourism council chair Gladys Vergara, and artists all signed the resolution.
In a statement, the tourism council said: “The presentation of vaccination cards and negative RT-PCR results would be the perfect balance [in order to] revive the economy while not unduly burdening the health-care [infrastructure].”
The officials also pointed out that tourism frontliners that will serve visitors are already vaccinated. It means sufficient screening measures are in place for tourists to return without the healthcare system being taxed.
According to presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, P2P travel guidelines including health protocols will be released by the DOT soon. RT-PCR test requirements will depend on what the local government of the destination mandates.