LGUs’ simplified travel requirements welcomed

October 28, 2021 Itchie G. Cabayan 93 views

Itchie CabayanTHE list of local destinations that have simplified travel requirements and no longer require RT-PCR or Antigen testing continues to grow.

They are now 14, comprising of Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu Province, Cebu City, Mandaue City, Iloilo, Guimaras, Pagadian, Maguindanao, Negros Occidental, Bacolod, Tacloban, Bohol and Roxas.

Since October 25, fully-vaccinated travelers bound for the Province of Bohol may just present a Vaccination Certificate from the website vaxcert.doh.gov.ph in lieu of a negative RT-PCR test result. They must also present a government-issued ID and secure an S-Pass approval.

The local government of Cebu City recently announced that it will accept fully-vaccinated persons who present their Vaccination card with QR code and a valid ID bearing their picture and signature. If their vaccination card does not have a QR Code, they may present the official vaccination certificate issued by the Local health officer of the LGU concerned or Vaccination certification issued by the Department of Health (DOH)-BOQ.

All arriving guests who can present their official Vaccine Card and/or Vaccine Certificate will be exempted from presenting a negative RT-PCR test prior entry into Mandaue City.

Roxas also accepts fully-vaccinated individuals with their valid or verified Vaccination Certificate and approved Travel Coordination Permit (TCP) from S-Pass. Travelers must ensure that the date of TCP should match the actual date of travel. A passenger is considered fully-vaccinated at least 14 days after having received the second dose in a two-dose series, or at least 14 days after having received a single-dose vaccine.

This development was welcomed by Cebu Pacific’s Vice President for Marketing and Customer Experience Candice Iyog, who said all airline companies are looking forward to more destinations applying a risk-based approach to travel, as part of working together to instill safe and convenient travel within the Philippines.

AirAsia Philippines also welcomed this positive development.

It is now totally up to the passengers to be responsible enough to take extra precautions and to make sure they do not let their guards down by continuing to observe basic health protocols so as not to get infected with COVID-19.

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