Boracay Island is now open to young and senior tourists from the Western Visayas region. Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo–Puyat made the announcement after the Inter–Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF–EID) approved on July 23, 2020 the DOT recommendation to lift the ban on tourists below 21 and above 60 on Boracay island.
Puyat said the lifting of the ban on younger and older tourists will apply only to residents of Western Visayas, as earlier ruled by provincial and local government leaders of the region and the Boracay Inter–Agency Task Force (BIATF). [Note: Western Visayas comprises the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental.]
“This move aims to further reinvigorate the tourism economy in the region and address the earlier clamor of Boracay tourism stakeholders to attract more tourists to the island,” said the tourism chief. Puyat assured government support in ensuring that health and safety protocols are in place upon arrival of local visitors: “The DOT will always put paramount concern on the safety of our people — tourists and residents alike.”
Remember that health and safety protocols for Modified General Community Quarantine still apply, such as mandatory mask-wearing and social distancing guidelines.
Keep checking back for updates from the Smile team on re-launched tourism activities on Boracay island!