After easing its restrictions on leisure travel this October, Boracay is planning to further simplify travel requirements for tourists.

The island, one of the top beach destinations in the Philippines, is aiming to waive RT-PCR tests for incoming visitors once November comes, according to the Department of Tourism (DOT).

However, Aklan Gov. Florencio Miraflores noted that this change will only be applied if they fully vaccinate all of the island’s inhabitants. 

At present, the inoculation rate in Boracay is 91.09% for tourism workers while 62.78% of its eligible population has been vaccinated. DOT said it’s possible to fully vaccinate all workers and eligible citizens in a month. 

If achieved, Boracay will be the first destination in the Philippines to fully vaccinate its eligible population, which numbers 24,451. 

According to Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, accomplishing this milestone will significantly boost travel confidence in the country, especially in Boracay. 

“With 100 percent of tourism workers in Boracay inoculated, the DOT is confident that in the weeks to come, tourism arrivals on the island will further increase and more tourism establishments will be able to reopen to restore jobs,” Romulo-Puyat said. 

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