The island is currently open for Western Visayas region and now planning to expand their tourism nationally. But these are not enough to lift the island’s arrivals and visitor receipts.
This was the decision made by the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) during its meeting Tuesday evening, according to Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat. In a Viber message, she enthused, “Breaking news. Boracay will open October 1 even to GCQ provided they are negative in RT-PCR [test].”
The BIATF decision was welcomed by the Tourism Congress of the Philippines, recognizing the double whammy suffered by Boracay — first being closed for six months in 2018 for a government-led rehabilitation effort, then second, the Covid-19 crisis which led to international travel restrictions around the world.
“We would like to thank the BIATF for allowing Boracay Island to reopen. This is a bold move by the province of Aklan and Boracay. It is a step towards reopening the country to tourism and getting the economy back on track. We wish them the best of luck on this endeavor,” said TCP President Jose C. Clemente III.
He reminded stakeholders on the island and its visitors, however, “to strictly observe health guidelines and protocols tonsure a safe and healthy experience.”
Romulo Puyat said no foreigners are to be allowed just yet, which had initially been a proposal by the governor of Aklan.