Due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19’s Delta variant in the Philippines, Malacañang has imposed a stricter quarantine status over the National Capital Region (NCR) through an announcement on Friday (July 30). 

Under the newly released IATF Resolution No. 130-A, NCR will be placed under more stringent General Community Quarantine with Heightened Restrictions (GCQ-HR) from July 30 to August 5, 2021, and on a two-week Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) beginning August 6 until August 20, 2021.

And as a reminder to the public, the Department of Tourism (DOT) issued an advisory on what’s allowed and what’s not when it comes to travel. 

Suspended Activities: 

  • Point-to-point flights for leisure
  • Any type of non-essential travel to and from NCR Plus
  • Indoor tourist attractions
  • Staycation hotels
  • DOT-accredited hotels and resorts outside NCR Plus should no longer accept leisure guests from NCR Plus
  • Mass gatherings, including social events and Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions (MICE)
  • Dining in restaurant establishment premises shall not be allowed starting 01 August 2021.

What’s Allowed:

  • Returning flights for travelers residing in NCR Plus
  • Travel of Authorized Persons Outside their Residences in and out of NCR Plus
  • Those who are already checked in for staycation as of July 29 may continue their stay until the last day of their original booking.

DOT is urging stakeholders, particularly the hotel operators, travel agencies, and airlines, to allow affected guests to rebook without charges.

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