IATF approves Boracay re-opening for tourists from GCQ areas starting Oct. 1

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 24) - The country’s coronavirus task force has approved the reopening of Boracay Island to tourists coming from areas under general community quarantine beginning Oct. 1.

“We further state that effective Oct. 1, 2020, Boracay Island may accept tourists from areas within a community quarantine classification of General Community Quarantine or lower, apart from travelers from Western Visayas,” read Resolution No. 74 released on Thursday by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).

With the reopening of the popular tourist destination, visitors must first take a coronavirus test and undergo a strict quarantine until the date of travel to the island.

Tourism Undersecretary Benito Bengzon said on Thursday that all guests must have pre-arranged reservations.

On the other hand, the local government of Malay town, which has jurisdiction over the island in the province of Aklan, said nearly 200 establishments in Boracay have also been given permission to operate.

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Furthermore, the IATF-EID also said that age restrictions for visitors will be relaxed but restrictions will be imposed among those with comorbidities, or those with more than one disease or condition.

The task force noted that planes must land at the Godofredo R. Ramos Airport in Caticlan.

It also reminded that a local COVID-19 laboratory on the island must be operational.