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EL NIDO EASES TRAVEL RULES STARTING OCT. 30 — DOT

El Nido is easing its travel restrictions to welcome more tourists starting October 30, the Department of Tourism (DOT) announced.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said the provincial government of Palawan agreed to move on to the “second phase of El Nido’s travel bubble” during a recent meeting with stakeholders.

“The provincial government of Palawan agreed to move on to the second phase of El Nido’s travel bubble.”

The expanded travel bubble would allow tourists to enter the island, provided they undergo and submit a negative RT-PCR test result at least 72 hours before their trip.

No specific information has been released yet by the DOT as local authorities iron out details for the travel bubble’s expansion.

El Nido Resorts was previously the only tourism establishment in Palawan to obtain a Certificate of Authority to Operate (CAO) and to reopen its doors to tourists outside the province via the travel bubble strategy.

Under the set-up, guests from Manila who have obtained a negative RT-PCR test result 72 hours before the date of travel are allowed to board the eight flights to Lio Airport via Airswift and stay at one of the resort’s island locations.

“There are nine establishments for now that have obtained a Certificate of Authority to Operate (CAO) and 27 establishments with Provisional Certificate of Authority to Operate (PCAO) from the DOT and which may start accommodating guests.”

“There are nine establishments for now that have obtained a Certificate of Authority to Operate (CAO) and 27 establishments with Provisional Certificate of Authority to Operate (PCAO) from the DOT and which may start accommodating guests,” Romulo-Puyat said.

Following successful runs of the travel bubble strategy between Manila and El Nido, the DOT is now taking further steps to increase visitor confidence and awareness about Palawan’s preparedness in terms of medical services and facilities, as well as emergency response protocols.

“The tourism industry’s reopening is gradually building momentum, especially after the news about the re-opening of Boracay and the Ridge and Reef travel bubble between Baguio and the provinces of Region 1. Considering that Palawan’s El Nido has been consistently voted as the world’s best island, I would also like El Nido to be seen as part of the industry’s rebirth,” the tourism chief emphasized.

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