So you’re here because you know Boracay already opened last October and you’ve seen your friends and celebrities post on social media how they’re having the greatest time of their lives on this world-class island. Let me tell you, it’s not an easy journey, but it’s all worth it.
Here’s a quick pre-arrival checklist:
1. Confirmed flights
All domestic flight prices are now lower than before. Check what best fits your budget and your schedule. It is safe to assume a budget of Php 2,500–Php 3,500 per person for a return flight with a 20kg check-in baggage.
2. A negative RT-PCR taken within 72 hours before your flight
Schedule an appointment with any of the Department of Health (DOH) accredited laboratories in the Philippines (complete list of accredited partners here). Since you only have a 72-hour window, your options are only limited to either the 48-hour or 24-hour package. RT-PCR tests cost around Php 3,800–Php 5,000 for a 48-hour package, while a 24-hour package costs around Php 6,500-Php 8,500 per person. Children two years and below are not required to take the swab test.
3. Confirmed hotel booking
4. Valid government IDs with Philippine address
5. Tourist Boracay QR code
Getting to Boracay
1. Before booking any flight, secure first your swab test schedule. Boracay requires all tourists age 2 years and up to present a negative RT-PCR result within 72 hours before your flight. Take note that most laboratories are closed during Sundays and holidays, so make sure that your appointment is scheduled accordingly. In our case, our flight fell on a Sunday, so we had to take a test on Thursday. Our swab package is the 48-hour result turnaround. If you have the means, best to get the 24-hour turnaround just to be sure.
2. Book your hotel. You cannot go to Boracay without a hotel confirmation. If you’re traveling to Boracay with kids like us, best to get a hotel that can take care of your airport transfers and other fees once you get to the island. We booked The Lind Hotel for our trip and they took care of everything. Airport to port, boat to the island, including all terminal fees and environmental fees.
3. Once you’ve received your negative RT-PCR result, go to touristboracay.com, fill out the health declaration form, and e-mail all the required documents. I’ve itemized above the e-mail they will provide so you can get your Boracay tourist QR code already.
4.Wait for Tourist Boracay’s e-mail. They will send your individual health declaration form with a QR code. Keep a copy of this on your phone and best to print a copy if you can. You will be required to present this the moment you enter the airport. When you check-in your bags. The moment you get off the plane. Before riding the boat and when you check-in in your hotel.
Other helpful tips:
Be early at the airport, especially if you’re traveling over the holidays. The number of people is still not as many as before, but checkpoints take forever. Temperature check, checking swab test results, flight details, baggage check, spot sanitation of your hands, baggage, and all.
If you have an infant or a senior traveling with you, make use of the lane provided for them. We still endured long lines despite being in the priority lane, but it’s definitely shorter than the regular lanes.
Keep all your documents in one envelope. Yes, it’s very much like going on an international flight. There’s a lot of documents needed every now and then and you don’t want to mix these things in your bag while there’s still COVID-19, right? Sanitize the plastic envelope as often as possible since a lot of people will be touching this.
Eat a heavy meal at home prior to going to the airport. Remember, we are still in a pandemic. The coronavirus is still very much present. Reduce the instances where you have to remove your masks and touch things, especially food. If you can, eat when you get to your hotel in Boracay.
Don’t forget to wear your mask and face shield all the time. You will also be needing masks and face shields in Boracay.
Sanitize all the time.
Being able to go to Boracay while in a pandemic is a dream come true. We spent two weeks on the island, and we could not wait to go back already. We traveled with a grade-schooler, a toddler, and a senior. If we can do it, so can you. Block off some dates in 2021 already and visit Boracay.
Check out how safe the island is for families with details of our stay at The Lind in this article.
With journalistic experience spanning just about three years, Pipo has been working in the communications industry for nearly a decade with tenure in various sectors such as global communications, retail, advertising, events, and marketing. He has served as Copy Chief and Newsroom Head for One Mega Group, and for the last couple of years, has been Lifestyle Asia's Managing Editor for its print publication.
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