Fully vaxxed? Skip the swab test when visiting these destinations

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Fourteen more destinations in the Philippines have waived the swab test requirement for fully vaccinated travelers, according to the Department of Tourism.

The DOT confirmed that the following destinations have agreed to waive their RT-PCR and antigen testing requirement as of October 24:

  • Cebu Province

  • Lapu-Lapu City

  • Catbalogan City


The following destinations require vaccination certificates acquired through VaxCertPH (doh.gov.ph)

  • Bohol

  • Iloilo City

  • Negros Occidental

Meanwhile, these destinations only require a vaccination card from visitors:

  • Clark Freeport Zone (except areas under ECQ)

  • Subic Bay Freeport Zone

  • Tarlac (for areas under ECQ and MECQ)

  • Masbate Province

  • Southern Leyte

  • Tacloban City

  • Maasin City

  • Misamis Oriental

In a statement, tourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said that the DOT has been pushing for looser requirements and restrictions, encouraging local travel destinations with high vaccination rates among locals and tourism workers to open up.

Puyat added that she hopes the country’s tourism workers will achieve a 100 percent vaccination rate “so we can push for a big move for tourism revival.”

The DOT said that Boracay still requires a negative RT-PCR swab test result for all travelers except for tourists within Panay Island.

The tourism department also reminded travelers to check with their destination’s local government unit for other required documents.

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