Although the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has relaxed travel guidelines, the Boracay IATF and Local Government Unit (LGU) of Malay have decided to make swab testing mandatory for tourists.
Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores made the announcement in a recent briefing, saying that in partnership with the Malay LGU, they would be continuing the precautionary requirement, as LGU are at liberty to do so.
Swab tests conducted by the Philippine Red Cross, as well as other centers that are duly accredited by the Food and Drug Administration will be accepted by officials.
Boracay previously implemented stricter testing protocols before tourists could enter the island, such as requiring negative swab test results 48 to 72 hours before travel.
This severely hampered tourism according to Miraflores, as their average 1,000 visitors a day dwindled to around 40.
With proper safety protocols in place, they hope to create a tourism bubble on the island that would welcome foreign tourists particularly from South Korea and China within the year.
Photo: DOT/ Tourism.gov.ph