Where to Go This Quarantine Philippines: 5 Reopened Destinations

March 18, 2022
2 min. read

After almost two years of recurring lockdowns, people are itching to travel. The good news is that local governments have eased restrictions, allowing for domestic travel. Many popular destinations have also removed the negative RT-PCR test requirement for tourists since COVID-19 cases are now declining. Do note, though, that this requirement changes according to the location's current alert level.

While domestic travels are not as rigid as before, now may be the best time to pack your bags and head out for an adventure. So, if you're looking for a change in scenery, here are some of the reopened Philippine destinations you can consider.

1. Boracay
Boracay remains one of the premier beach destinations in the country. Its pristine beach, crystal waters, and iconic white sand will give you the tropical getaway you've longed for. Meanwhile, the island's vibrant nightlife will surely give you the time of your life. Boracay also doesn't fall short on adventures and activities—kayaking, diving, island-hopping, snorkeling, parasailing, and dining.

Fortunately, this sweet escape is not hard to visit. As of February 1, 2022, the Aklan government no longer requires a negative RT-PCR test for fully vaccinated visitors after reimposing it on January 5 due to the surge in COVID cases.

Boracay Travel Requirements (as of February 2022):

2. Bohol
Known for its Chocolate Hills, islands, and stunning falls, Bohol rests in the heart of Visayas. With churches dating back to Spanish colonization, the region has a rich and storied history.

Bohol offers travelers a range of adrenaline-pumping experiences, such as water sports and whale watching. But it is Panglao Island's gorgeous sand beaches, world-class diving locations, and generally laid-back attitude that give Bohol its distinct appeal.

Protip: summer is the best season to visit Bohol because it's when the Chocolate Hills magically turn into the brown color that gave its namesake!

Bohol Travel Requirements (as of February 2022):

  • For unvaccinated and partially vaccinated individuals: a negative RT-PCR test done 72 hours prior
  • For vaccinated individuals: vaccination certificate from VaxCert PH
  • Confirmed booking with a DOT-accredited accommodation, with the Ultimate Bohol Experience (UBE) seal from the Bohol Provincial Government or a Certificate of Authority to Operate (CAO) from the Department of Tourism
  • Book from a DOT-accredited travel and tour operator
  • Registered account on the Traze Contact Tracing mobile app

3. Baguio
Cold weather, coffee shop hopping, being surrounded by forests, strolling at Mines View or Burnham Park, and strawberry picking—ah, the joys of visiting the City of Pines! Known for its idyllic charm, Baguio is a favorite destination on road trips because of its proximity to Manila and its colder climate, ranging from 15 to 23 °C.

Baguio Travel Requirements (as of February 2022):
While unvaccinated and partially vaccinated adults cannot enter Baguio, fully vaccinated tourists are welcome as long as they fulfill the following requirements:

  • Vaccination certificate from VaxCert PH
  • A negative RT-PCR test Result done 72 hours prior for unvaccinated and partially vaccinated minors and tourists coming from a location under Alert Level 3
  • Approved Baguio Visita QR-coded Tourist Pass (QTP) and confirmed schedule from the website
  • Confirmed booking with an accommodation listed on Baguio Visita

4. Cebu
Nothing in the Philippines is as diverse as Cebu, the Queen City of the South. The country's oldest city offers some of the most excellent beaches in the Philippines, with incredible marine life ideal for diving. You will find a range of historical, cultural, and religious sites here, as well. As a bonus, Cebu's delectable cuisine is among the finest in the Philippines—and Lechon is a must-try!

Cebu Travel Requirements (as of February 2022):

  • For fully vaccinated individuals: vaccination certificate
  • For unvaccinated and partially vaccinated individuals: a medical certificate issued within 24 hours before arrival stating that you do not exhibit COVID-19 symptoms at the point of origin
  • Proof of pre-booked accommodations in a DOT-approved hotel or resort
  • Round trip flight booking

5. El Nido, Palawan
Its paradise-like features, including white sands, blue oceans, bright coral reefs, and breathtaking limestone cliffs, makes El Nido arguably one of the top destinations in the country. It comprises 45 islands and islets, each with its own geological features. As the gateway to the Bacuit Archipelago, it's no surprise that El Nido is also considered one of the top island getaways in the world.

El Nido Travel Requirements (as of February 2022):
Travel to El Nido requires an approved S-Pass travel application, which needs submission of the following:

For fully vaccinated individuals:

For unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals:

  • A negative RT-PCR test taken 48 hours prior
  • Booking in a DOT-accredited hotel
  • Roundtrip tickets

Embark on Safe, Fun Adventures

Planning a trip amid a pandemic has been a challenge—but it's not so difficult now, with the number of COVID cases becoming more manageable. If you're looking to treat yourself to a long-awaited and well-deserved vacation, you should definitely visit these domestic destinations.

While the tourism industry remains hopeful, travel requirements can suddenly change depending on the current alert level of the area. So, it's best to coordinate with the local government of your destination and stay informed of travel restrictions.

Apart from keeping yourself updated with travel requirements, you should also carefully plan your flights, accommodations, and trips. To prepare for your trip, check out RCBC's credit cards with no annual fee!

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