Avail subsidized RTC-PR test for as low as P750

WELCOME TO BOHOL Known for its majestic Chocolate Hills, the province is doing its best to revive their tourism industry while protecting everyone against COVID-19 (Paul Gotiong)

A few days from now, we are about to mark the first anniversary of nationwide lockdown imposed last March 15, 2020 in effort to fighting COVID-19. 

And as we slowly see the light at the end of the long, dark, tunnel with the arrival of vaccine, Inter-Agency Task Force Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) easing the requirements for domestic travel, and numerous flight seat sales, a lot of people are wondering what are the requirements they needed to accomplish to visit the beautiful province of Bohol. 

With that, the Manila Bulletin Lifestyle who recently visited the said province during the Department of Tourism (DOT)’s familiarization program, listed all the requirements needed to be able to visit Bohol as a tourist.

(Eloisa Lopez/Reuters / MANILA BULLETIN)
  1. Negative COVID-19 test result

Even though AITF already announced that swab test is no longer necessary, the local government unit (LGU) still have the final say. In case of Bohol, Governor Arthur Yap is not waiving it. 

With that, travelers must have a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test taken 72 hours before the date of travel. The province also accepts saliva or antigen test as long as it yields negative result. 

To make this affordable for tourists coming from Metro Manila, they can apply for the subsidized RT-PCR test at the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) or at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) for as low as P900 and P750, respectively. To avail this 50 percent discount, visit www.tpb.gov.ph/rtpcrphtravel

GOOD MORNING Embrace a new day with the stunning sunrise picturesque at the Alona Beach in Panglao, Bohol (Jessica Pag-iwayan)

2. Pre-booked accommodations at DOT-accredited or Ultimate Bohol Experience (UBE) certified establishments. 

3. Travel itinerary including confirmed tour bookings through DOT-accredited tour operators (if going on tour). 

4. Registration in the province of Bohol website at tourism.bohol.gov.ph for the issuance of personal QR codes. This will serve as the tourists’ electronic IDs all throughout their stay there. And lastly;

IT’S ALL GREEN Enjoy a delightful feast in a cruise in Loboc River (Jessica Pag-iwayan)

5. Download the Traze contract tracing app available on App store and Google Playstore, tourists will be needing this at the airport. 

On the top of this list, always practice safety health protocols such as wearing of face mask and face shield, washing hands regularly, and maintaining social distancing.

Have a safe trip! 

Source: Manila Bulletin (https://mb.com.ph/2021/03/03/checklist-all-the-requirements-needed-when-traveling-to-bohol/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=checklist-all-the-requirements-needed-when-traveling-to-bohol)