Going to Boracay? Here are 8 things you need to know

Boracay island

Fact: You will not be allowed to enter Boracay without proof of confirmed hotel booking. Source: Shutterstock.

BORACAY island is set to receive visitors once more come Oct 26, 2018.

But before you excitedly book your flights and accommodation for the paradise island vacation of your dreams, there are some things you need to know.

Boracay’s reopening is not without stricter guidelines.

First things first, ensure that your accommodation booking is with a government-accredited hotel. This is because only accredited establishments by the Department of Tourism (DoT) would be allowed to accept bookings for the reopening of the resort island.

“Aside from complying with Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) guidelines, hotels must also comply with the requirements set by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) for them to operate,” The Philippine Star reported.

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Filipino airlines such as The Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific (CEB) are reminding passengers heading to Boracay to ensure they have pre-booked a hotel before flying, to avoid inconvenience.

CEB took to Facebook to advise passengers bound for Caticlan and Kalibo to show proof of confirmed hotel bookings while PAL reminded its passengers about the “no booking, no entry” policy in Boracay.

Currently, 68 accommodation establishments (a total of 3,519 rooms) are compliant with the requirements of the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF)  The full list of compliant establishments, which will be periodically updated, can be found here.

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To add on, CEB also posted helpful guidelines for Boracay visitors as part of its Juan Effect environmental campaign.

  1. Only 19,000 tourists will be allowed on the island at any point, and they must stay overnight. Day tours to Boracay are not allowed for now.
  2. Only 6,000 to 9,000 hotels rooms will be made available.
  3. For those traveling by boat, you will be screened at the Caticlan Jetty Port for proof of confirmed hotel booking.
  4. Eating by the beach is no longer allowed.
  5. Smoking or drinking by the beach is not allowed.
  6. Water activities have been temporarily suspended.
  7. Sandcastle making is now regulated.
  8. Single-use plastic items are prohibited on the island. This includes plastic bags, bottles, cups, sachets, straws, cutlery, and styrofoam.

Meanwhile, rehabilitation of the island will go beyond Oct 26, 2018.

“Despite the soft opening, the government’s efforts to rehabilitate should continue as we rehabilitate the island in stages,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said at this year’s Philippine Travel Exchange.

She added that completion of the first phase of rehabilitation would be this month, the second by the middle of next year and the third by the end of 2019.