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Excited to travel again? Consider Boracay and Bohol.



Boracay | Photo from Unsplash

On top of the list of frustrations we have heard from travelers with canceled flights—aside from the refunding hassle—is missing the beach. They would swear on anything to get back to the island life and sandwich white sand in between their toes, with Boracay, one of the most sought-after beach destinations in Asia, as their best bet. Being one of the first regions to close down during the enhanced community quarantine, we expect that it will also be one of the firsts to reopen its shores in the wake of the pandemic.

And we’re right. If you have pending travel points and rebooked flights due to restrictions, save it for Boracay and/or Bohol, as the Department of Tourism (DOT) is planning to reopen these tourist spots.

Following the easing of travel restrictions and resumption of select domestic flights, DOT Sec. Berna Romulo Puyat is eyeing Boracay and Bohol as focal points in gradually recovering from the tourism slump. She will be visiting the islands this week to further validate their health and safety conditions, and lay out concrete plans for their reopening.

Boracay and Bohol are recently applauded for their minimal Covid-19 infections, with zero and two cases of returning residents, respectively. The statistics, however, will not guarantee 100 percent safety for travelers—the establishments occupying the islands have to comply with new protocols, sanitation measures, and requirement of necessary tools to avoid another wave of cases out of hasty, irresponsible operations. “What is important now is that when a tourist goes to a place, the health protocol is there. It’s safe for the domestic tourists to go to that place, since Covid is not there. And eventually, we can open it to foreign tourists,” says Sec. Berna during the Kapihan sa Maynila e-forum.

She also highlights the possibility of welcoming tourists from Australia through direct entry from the Kalibo airport or Bohol and accommodating leisure travel anytime soon.





Source: Manila Bulletin (

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