Only few tourists arrived in Boracay Island on the first day of the destination’s reopening for residents from areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) , according to Malay, Aklan Mayor Frolibar Bautista.
Interviewed on Dobol B sa News TV on Thursday, Bautista said the requirements for entering the tourist spot caused the limited number of visitors.
“Hindi pa naman masyadong marami, siyempre alam mo naman may mga kaunting requirements na kailangan, so 'yun ang nakapagbigay kaunti na parang inconvenient,” Bautista said.
“Anyway, para naman sa safety ng lahat talaga ang ginagawa natin,” he added.
Starting on Thursday, Boracay will welcome visitors again from areas under GCQ. Its reopening initially started in June for Aklan residents, then eventually for the residents of entire Western Visayas.
According to a report of Ian Cruz on GMA News’ Unang Balita, no tourists were spotted in the island early on Thursday morning.
Personnel from the local government and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) were seen doing cleanup operations in preparation for the arrival of tourists.
Due to the strict protocols, the travel time to the tourist destination doubled.
Tourists will have to register at the www.aklan.gov.ph and fill out a health declaration, which will be sent to email@example.com with negative COVID-19 test result, ID, and confirmed hotel booking.
If approved, a health card and QR code will be forwarded to tourists. The QR code will serve as a pass in transportation.
According to a separate report of Darlene Cay, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) media affairs office said that a flight has taken off from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to Aklan.
With tourists going to Boracay, all flights from NAIA will have to land at Caticlan Airport only.
Bautista said all tourists will travel the same route to make sure they will undergo screening. —LBG, GMA News