Coron, Palawan to gradually restart tourism on December 1

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 25)— Another famous travel destination, Coron in Palawan, will start accepting local tourists this coming week, but visitors will have to follow health protocols.

"Coron, Palawan awaits your return to its magnificent limestone rock formations and stunning lagoons as it opens for domestic travel on December 1, 2020," the Department of Tourism said Tuesday on its Twitter page.

Here are some of the requirements that prospective tourists have to take note of before booking their flights to Coron:

-must be 15 to 65 years old

-should have a confirmed booking with a DOT-certified establishment

-should have a negative result on a swab test, conducted 48 to 72 hours before the flight

-should fill out a health declaration form at www.corontourism.ph

The municipal government of Coron also said visitors who are symptomatic on the day of arrival in the town will be required to take an antigen test and pay a fee of P3,500. Once they test positive for coronavirus, they will be taken to an isolation facility. Only when they yield a negative result could they proceed to their respective pre-arranged trips.

It then reminded potential visitors that only tour packages arranged by DOT-accredited tour operators are allowed.

Coron Mayor Mario Reyes noted that island-hopping and boat tours will be available for visitors, subject to health regulations.

"We open up everything. Meron lang kaming tinatawag na regulations. Katulad for example, nagpa-book sa isang hotel 'yung hotel na mismo or kami na mismo ang magpo-provide for example ng van o tricycle sa kanila," Reyes said in an interview with CNN Philippines.

[Translation: We open up everything. We just have regulations. For example, if the tourist books through the hotel, the hotel itself or us officials would be the ones to provide for example, the van o tricycle for them.]

Visitors must also observe other infection control protocols at all times, including wearing of face masks and face shields.

For full details on approved guidelines, visit this Facebook page.