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Planning to Visit Boracay? Here's Everything You Need to Know Before Booking Your Trip!

Enjoy your well-deserved beach vacay, but also be responsible and follow all the rules and requirements.
Planning to Visit Boracay? Here's Everything You Need to Know Before Booking Your Trip!
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Enjoy your well-deserved beach vacay, but also be responsible and follow all the rules and requirements.

Missing the white sand beaches of Boracay? Well, you won’t have to wait any longer! In the past few months, tourist destinations all over the country—like Coron, El Nido, and Tagaytay—have been reopening their borders to visitors, and Boracay is no exception. In case you missed it, last October 1, 2020, the popular tourist destination re-opened its doors to local travelers. 

Thinking of visiting this tropical paradise? Here’s everything you need to know before heading off to Boracay in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic:

Restrictions

Your kids and even your grandparents can tag along, because every person of any age with no comorbidity is welcome—given they present the required documents, of course. 

Requirements

That said, all guests are required to submit a negative RT-PCR test result, extracted 72 hours prior to travel. Other mandatory requirements include a valid ID as proof of residence in an area under GCQ or MGCQ, a completion of an online health declaration form from Boracay's website (QR Code), and a hotel confirmation from a DOT-accredited accommodation establishment issued with Certificate of Authority to Operate (CAO).

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On DOT's page, you will find a complete list of accredited hotels and resorts you may opt to book for your stay.

Here are some 5-star resorts that you can also choose from:

1. Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa

Known by many as “a lush tropical sanctuary fronting two secluded beaches,” Shangri-La Boracay flaunts a spectacular view of the tropical paradise from every corner of its resort. With its luxurious set of amenities, the resort promises a space for making loads of fun and unforgettable memories with your family and friends.

For bookings and more information, visit their website here.

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Location: Barangay Yapak, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan

2. The Lind Boracay

Thanks to the serenity that the breathtaking beachfront offers, a coastal escape to The Lind is just perfect for discerning travelers, sophisticated jet-setters, and laidback vacationers alike. Aside from a front-row experience to the beautiful tropical paradise, the hotel gives you much comfort along with its wide array of luxurious rooms and facilities.

For bookings and more information, visit their website here.

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Location:1, Barangay Balabag, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan 

3. Discovery Shores Boracay 

Perfectly positioned in Station 1 of White Beach, Discovery Shores promises a VIP experience to Boracay’s powder-soft white sand, fiery sunsets, and pulsating nightlife. Thanks to its eye-pleasing ambiance, and its restaurants’ mouth-watering dishes, there’s no doubt you are off to indulge in pure bliss in your next escapade to the white-sand paradise.

For bookings and more information, visit their website here.

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Location: 1, Barangay Balabag, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan

Registration

Alongside the list of requirements, you must register your visit online as well. According to DOT’s website, follow and accomplish these steps online: 

1. Access Aklan's government page and click the Online Health Declaration Card button then choose Boracay in the “Where To?” page.

2. Fill out the required fields and submit. A confirmation with instructions will be displayed. 

3. Save a copy of the Health Declaration Card (HDC) on your smartphone or have it printed. 

4. Attach a copy of the HDC together with a copy of your RT-PCR Negative Result, confirmed flight and booking details, and your valid ID, then email it to touristboracay@gmail.com with this subject format: OHDC - Family Name, First Name (example: OHDC - Dela Cruz, Juan). Registration for multiple tourists and their documents can be sent in one email. 

5. Wait for the email response within the day. If approved, a copy of your HDC and Tourist QR Code will be sent back to you. Present these to authorities in the borders for scanning.

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    For your own safety and for others', the given QR Code will be used to record and track your whereabouts throughout your trip. All hotels, food establishments, and water sports will have a QR scanning system. 

    In times like these, planning a safe trip is just as important as having a fun time, maybe even more so. Keep in my mind that COVID-19 is still on the loose, so don't forget to comply with Boracay’s safety guidelines and procedures during your trip. 

    For updates and more information, visit DOT's official website here.

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