The latest top tourist destination to ease its travel requirements is Puerto Galera. According to a local executive ordinance publicized on July 10, fully vaccinated individuals will no longer have to present a negative Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test if they wish to visit the Oriental Mindoro locale.
Puerto Galera Mayor Rocky Ilagan also went on national television today to make the announcement, exempting those who are fully inoculated against COVID-19 from the testing requirement.
According to the executive order, fully vaccinated individuals are those who have received a second dose of a two-dose vaccine or have been vaccinated with a single-dose vaccine at least two weeks prior to their visit. Administered vaccines should be in the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) List or have a Compassionate Special permit (CSP) from the Philippine Food and Drug Administration, or are part of the Emergency Use Listing of the World Health Organization.
Updated travel requirements
The municipality of Puerto Galera will likewise require all travelers to undergo health and exposure screening as well as a QR code scanning upon entry to any Puerto Galera borders. Registration through s-pass.ph is still required as per the mandate of the Department of Transportation.[READ: Fully vaccinated and want to travel domestically? Here’s what you need to know]
Meanwhile, accommodating establishments may still require a negative COVID test result even from fully vaccinated individuals.
Puerto Galera is world-renowned for its white-sand beaches and diving sites.