The Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force is now accepting the use of the saliva RT-PCR test for tourists under the condition that they are done by the Philippine Red Cross and other testing laboratories that are approved by the Department of Health and the Food and Drug Administration, a report from the Philippine News Agency shares. The saliva test is a cheaper and quicker alternative than the usual swab testing done to check COVID-19 cases.
The island previously only allowed entry for negative testers of the RT-PCR swabbing.
The DOT also announced that it is planning to fund a gene expert machine for Malaya, which is the local government unit overseeing Boracay. It also recommended the Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19 to waive the age-based travel restrictions to those who want to visit the island from Manila despite the latter remaining to be under general community quarantine.
A statement from the Department, however, clarifies that stakeholders and tourists should continue following minimum health and safety protocols like constant sanitizing and wearing of face masks and face shields. Tourists are also encouraged to only book DOT-accredited establishments during their stay.
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