DOT supports clarity on travel rules

MANILA, 24 February 2021: The Philippines Department of Tourism supports moves to streamline travel procedures and requirements imposed by local governments.

“The DOT has long been advocating for simple travel requirements as this is critical to make domestic tourism work,” DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said in a news release posted online Tuesday.

DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.

Results of a recent survey titled “The Evolving Landscape of Domestic Tourism”, show that 81% of respondents consider the varying local government requirements as the factor that makes travel most inconvenient.

“Streamlining entry requirements will make travelling in the new normal, more convenient while also protecting the public’s safety and well-being. Furthermore, this will also help in preventing the entry of those who falsify documents by standardizing validation protocols,” Puyat said.

Among the common requirements are medical certificates, other types of pre-travel or test-on-arrival for Covid and quarantine.

At the destinations, some rules that need to be standardized are those that relate to swab tests for children and infants, rooming or capacity limits and age restrictions on the movement of domestic tourists.

(Source DOT)