Boracay lifts contact tracing QR code requirement

Ghio Ong – The Filipino Star

November 5, 2022 | 00:00

MANILA, Philippines — The Boracay Island local government in Aklan will continue to require tourists to register when entering the island, but this time will revert to manual registration.

The provincial government of Aklan on October 29 lifted the requirement for QR codes for visitors for contact tracing and monitoring as part of travel restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the directive, the municipal tourism board in the Malaysian city, home to Boracay, reverted to the “conventional tourist registration system” enforced by municipal ordinance.

“All tourists and visitors entering Boracay Island will be strictly required to register with the Municipal Tourist Board at any designated entry point,” it said in its notice signed by the municipal tourism officer Felix delos Santos Jr.

“Package transfers and/or accommodation establishments with a specially designated reception center and internal transportation service are also required to comply with this requirement,” the office said.

Some netizens who read the notice preferred using the QR code, with one saying the lifting of the QR code requirement was “counter-intuitive”.