2021 Guide to Entering Boracay

Updated: March 5, 2021.

03/05/21 : Subsidy for TPB PCMC swab test suspended. Read more here

A summary of Main Documentary Requirements

  1. Roundtrip Tickets

  2. Hotel booking confirmation

  3. RT-PCR negative swab test (nose) 72 hours prior to departure

  4. Aklan Health Declaration and QR Code

  5. Valid ID

Traveling to Boracay may seem daunting but the fact is apart from the swab test and the quick Aklan health registration, everything you need to do are mostly things that you already did when you booked prior to the pandemic.

Step by step:

Step 1: Book your Flight and Hotel

Book your tickets and hotel, save a copy of your confirmation documents, you will need these later.

Note: Make sure that you book with a DOT-accredited hotel.

Step 2: Swab Test

Go to an accredited RT-PCR swab center. you can find the DOH-accredited swab center list here. (Note that as of time of writing, Boracay LGU only allows the RT-PCR nose swab test and not the antigen tests. )

Swab test prices vary from 3,000- 5,000. There are drive-thru options that are relatively safe because you stay within the confines of your own vehicle.

Tip # 1 There’s a Tourism Promotions Board discount wherein you will be able to get an RT-PCR swab test for only ̶P̶H̶P̶ ̶7̶5̶0̶ ̶t̶h̶r̶o̶u̶g̶h̶ ̶P̶h̶i̶l̶i̶p̶p̶i̶n̶e̶ ̶C̶h̶i̶l̶d̶r̶e̶n̶s̶ ̶M̶e̶d̶i̶c̶a̶l̶ ̶C̶e̶n̶t̶e̶r̶ ̶(̶P̶C̶M̶C̶)̶ ̶o̶r̶ ̶ PHP 900 through UP-PGH. You have to contact TPB ahead of time to qualify for the subsidy. click this link for more details about this. Update 03/05/21 : Subsidy for TPB PCMC swab test suspended. Read more here Tip # 2 if you are flying with PAL, they have an exclusive swab testing center for their passengers at the PAL learning center in Padre Faura. This way you really avoid the crowds and the results come out within 24 hours. (as for my case, took the swab at 7pm, the results where released by 5am)

Step 3: Wait for Swab Results

Depending on the testing center, swab results take anywhere between 12 hours to 48 hours to get released. You will usually get your results through email! Make sure the email address you provided is very clear.

Step 4: Health Declaration Form

So you already got your negative PCR swab test results, go to touristboracay.com and fill up the online health declaration form. The form looks like this..

You will be taken to this confirmation page upon completion of the form. Take a screenshot of your confirmation page, you will need it for the next step.

Step 5: Email your requirements to Tourist Boracay

Prepare all the below docs in soft copy format, remember the confirmation bookings you saved in steps one and four?

  1. Negative PCR-Test Result taken 72 hours prior to departure date.

  2. Confirmed Hotel Bookings

  3. Confirmed Roundtrip Flight Tickets

  4. Proof of Identification with Philippine residency (could be a PH passport or driver's license)

  5. Screenshot of Aklan Health Declaration Submission (from step 4)

Email your docs to touristboracay@gmail.com following the subject line in this format “ OHDC - LAST NAME, FIRST NAME”

Step 6: Receive your Aklan Tourist QR Code.

You will receive your boracay QR Code which will look like this.

Print this out because this will be scanned multiple times during the entry procedures. It may be wise to print out multiple copies.

Staff checks QR Code at Tourist Verification Counter, Caticlan Jetty Port.

Usually they reply within 3 hours of sending the requirements but sometimes it takes as much as 12 hours. If it has been more than 3 hours you may send a follow up email with them.

Step 7: Done!

Print out your QR code, flight documents, and hotel bookings. Don’t forget your valid ID as well.

Voila, you are all set to travel!

Final thoughts:

Time your swabs accordingly. Remember that your results must be taken 72 hours prior to departure. This means you cannot take your swabs too early.

The best time to visit Boracay is now. Prices have gone down and most establishments are carrying local prices. Boracay is back to its quiet idyllic state as is in the 90s. This may be the only time we can fully experience Boracay as a local. After the borders open, tourists will crowd this beautiful island once again.

The Red Cross recently released an RT-PCR saliva spit test, meaning no more uncomfortable nose swabs. As of time of writing though this is not yet fully accepted as a valid testing method to cross our island borders. Only the Bohol and Siargao LGU's have expressed interest to allow saliva PCR tests. All the other LGU’s still require nose PCR swabs. Read more here.

Once our government fully embraces the RT-PCR saliva spit test we can travel with more ease and comfort.