Travel reminders during NCR lockdowns

The Department of Tourism (DoT) has issued a reminder to all concerned stakeholders in the tourism industry following IATF Resolution 130-A placing the National Capital Region (NCR) under a more stringent general community quarantine with heightened restrictions (GCQ-HR) from 30 July to 5 August, and on a two-week enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) from 6 to 20 August.

In the interim week under the GCQ-HR, point-to-point (P2P) flights for leisure are suspended, effective immediately. However, returning flights are allowed for tourists residing in the NCR Plus (NCR, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal).

To prevent congestion in the borders of NCR, any type of non-essential travel to and from the NCR Plus shall be prohibited. Only the travel of Authorized Persons Outside their Residences (APOR) in and out of NCR Plus shall be allowed.

ROOM in Solaire Resort. / PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF SOLAIRE

Mass gatherings, including social events and meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions, will continue to be prohibited. Dining in restaurant establishment premises shall not be allowed starting 1 August.

Indoor tourist attractions cannot operate, and staycations are not allowed. DoT-accredited accommodation establishments (AE) outside of NCR Plus can no longer accept leisure guests from NCR Plus beginning today, regardless of the date of booking.

Those who are already checked-in at staycation in staycation hotels as of 29 July, however, may continue their stay until the last day of their original booking.

DoT-accredited AE can only accommodate those required to undergo quarantine, long stay guests as defined in DoT Administrative Order 2021-004-A, health and emergency frontline services personnel who need easy access to their place of work, and APOR who require accommodation pursuant to their official function or duty.

HILTON Manila. / PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF HILTON MANILA

Mass gatherings, including social events and meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions, will continue to be prohibited. Dining in restaurant establishment premises are not allowed starting 1 August.

The DoT urges its stakeholders, particularly hotel operators, travel agencies and airlines, to allow affected guests to rebook without charges.

The National Task Force Vaccine Cluster is ramping up efforts to vaccinate tourism workers in more destinations across the country. Everyone’s cooperation is vital to the success of the government’s efforts to inoculate more individuals against the virus and curb the spread of Covid-19.

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