Bohol now allows entry of unvaccinated travelers

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 22) — The government of Bohol is now allowing people who are unvaccinated against COVID-19 to enter the province, as long as they do not show symptoms of the viral illness.

Governor Erico Aristotle Aumentado announced on Thursday that he has signed an executive order lifting the requirement for asymptomatic inbound travelers to present a vaccination card or certificate.

"Relaxing the entry protocol to Bohol is one way of stimulating the local economy and start the march to economic recovery," Aumentado said in the order issued Wednesday, and which is effective immediately.

Meanwhile, those exhibiting symptoms but could not present proof of vaccination will be required to disclose their personal details and point of destination for possible contact-tracing, the provincial government said. They will also be advised to seek medical intervention.

According to Aumentado, the easing of rules comes after "it has been observed that the number of COVID-19 cases is no longer as high as it was at the start of the pandemic.”

He attributed the improvement to vaccination efforts and said in the EO that the mass immunization program “shall be intensified in all levels of the local government units of Bohol.”

Based on the Department of Health COVID-19 tracker, Bohol recorded nine new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, bringing its total to 26,170. Active infections were at 150 as of Sept. 21, while there are 25,478 recoveries and 542 deaths.

Nationwide, the overall case tally is over 3.92 million, with 1,886 added on Wednesday. Of this number, 27,284 are currently ill patients, some 3.83 million have recovered, while 62,657 have died.