Siargao Island set to reopen to locals tomorrow


Back on the beach: Boats bringing tourists to the unspoilt beaches and surfing spots of Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte. — Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN

SIARGAO Island is set to reopen to local tourists starting tomorrow, according to the Department of Tourism.

In a statement, the department said flights to the tear drop-shaped island located in Surigao del Norte, dubbed the Philippines’ surfing capital, will resume on Dec 1.

The reopening of Siargao was confirmed by General Luna, Surigao del Norte mayor Cecilia L. Ruson through a local executive order, the department said.

To ensure everyone’s safety, the Siargao local government has set minimum health standards and Covid-19 testing for arriving tourists, in compliance with local Covid-19 management procedures and Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases directives, it added.Tourists arriving via Surigao City or Sayak Airport must possess an e-Health Pass with valid ID, negative RT-PCR result taken within 48 hours from point of origin, a five-day confirmed booking from an accommodation establishment with a Certificate of Authority to Operate or Provisional Certificate of Authority to Operate from the Dot and a round-trip ticket or travel details.

“If RT-PCR is taken more than 48 hours of departure from point of origin, a negative antigen swab will be required on the day of arrival, ” the department said of incoming tourists.

Meanwhile, for tourists from the province of Surigao del Norte, they will be required to have an e-Health Pass with valid ID, certificate from their barangay (village) captain that the traveller is not a close contact and a confirmed booking from an accredited accommodation establishment. — Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN

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