DOT mulls scrapping of age restriction for Boracay tourists


The Department of Tourism (DOT) is proposing the removal of age restriction for those who will travel to Boracay Island.

The island in the Western Visayas region is scheduled to open its doors to people from areas under general community quarantine on October 1.

Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said they have asked the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases to allow tourists aged above 60 years old and those below 20 years old to visit Boracay. (

“We are proposing no age restrictions because Filipinos travel as a family,” Romulo-Puyat told CNN Philippines yesterday.

The secretary said those above 60 and below 20 will be allowed in Boracay “as long as they are negative in the RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) test and [have] no symptoms [of Covid-19]. I am confident that this (proposal) will be approved.”

Based on DOT’s proposal to IATF, tourists from modified general community quarantine and GCQ areas can visit Boracay if they are negative in RT-PCR test taken two to three days prior to travel time.