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Cebu eases travel curbs for incoming local tourists

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The Cebu Provincial Government has dropped real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) results as requirements for domestic tourists flying to the province.

On Monday, Governor Gwendolyn Garcia signed and issued Executive Order No. (EO) 12 easing travel restrictions for persons traveling to Cebu to engage in tourism-related activities.

“The Provincial Government of Cebu is reviving the economy that was repressed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there is a need to ease the travel restrictions of persons traveling into the province for tourism-related activities in observance of the Omnibus on the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines and other resolutions of the (Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases),” the EO stated. (https://bit.ly/3dDFxP1)

Garcia’s directive, which took effect immediately, also formalized plans to fully reopen the province for tourists by eliminating several protocols, including negative swab results.

Future visitors are only mandated to present a valid medical certificate obtained seven days prior to their arrival, pre-booking at a resort or hotel establishment, and pass symptoms checking or screening points at departure and arrival points.