How to get a free swab test for domestic tourists in the Philippines

In preparation to my trip to Bicol region, I took the free COVID-19 RT-PCR test at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center located at Quezon Avenue, Corner Agham Road in Quezon City. This free swab test is part of the Department of Tourism/ Tourism Promotions Board (DOT/TBP)’s extensive efforts to promote the country as a safe …

Free COVID-19 swab tests for domestic tourists starting November 1

Starting November 1, tourists can have free COVID-19 swab tests for domestic travels around the Philippines.  According to a report from the Department of Tourism (DOT), the program is part of the Department’s extensive efforts to market and promote the country as a safe tourism destination and pave the way to a more robust recovery …

Mariott and other Hotels in Metro Manila now open for Staycation

My Staycation at Novotel Deluxe room at Linden Suites Staycation in Metro Manila is possible and safe again. Get ready to plan your holiday stays in the Metro from this list of hotels with Department of Tourism (DOT) Safety Seal Certification. The DOT is only allowing accredited accommodation establishments (AEs) to accept guests checking in …

What to Pack for a Boracay Adventure

It’s common for some people to pack last minute and regret what they brought or didn’t bring for the beach trip afterwards. I used to procrastinate on organizing what I should pack and end up forgetting some useful items or feel bad leaving an extra pair of sandals that could have made my trip better …

How to travel to Siargao during the pandemic: Documents you need, expenses breakdown, tips

With new normal travel protocols, Airlines continue to work hand in hand with relevant government authorities, especially when it comes to domestic flights travel requirements. If you are traveling to Siargao, here are important reminders from the province’s tourism office you should know. 1. Download e-Health Pass The provincial tourism office collects tourists’ contact information …

List of Holidays and Special Non-Working Days in the Philippines for 2021

* December 30, 2020, Thursday – Rizal Day (Regular Holiday) * January 1, 2021, Friday – New Year’s Day (Regular Holiday) * February 12, 2021, Friday – Chinese New Year (Special Non-Working Holiday) * February 25, 2021, Thursday – Edsa Revolution Anniversary (Special Non-Working Holiday) * April 1, 2021, Thursday – Maundy Thursday (Regular Holiday) …

8 Ways To Make Your Travel Experiences Special Post-Lockdown

The world is gradually attempting to get back to its normal activities – even though the almost year-long battle with a global pandemic has not ended. Around 3 billion people were staying in lockdown during the peak of the coronavirus outbreak. And due to the heavy impact of COVID-19 on the travel and tourism industry, …

Traveling through Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) during COVID-19 crisis

If you are planning to travel outside or across the Philippines post-COVID-19 Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), here are the guidelines implemented by the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) adopted by the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) from the new protocols set by the Department of Transportation (DOTr).   These protocols aim to prevent further spread of …

How to obtain Bureau of Quarantine Certificate for OFWs

In compliance to the National Privacy Law, the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) launches the online processing of Quarantine Certificates for Overseas Filipino Workers who may need them.  Here are the steps in obtaining your quarantine certificate: Step 1: Login to https://quarantinecertificate.com/ to request a copy of your BOQ Quarantine Certificate Step 2: Fill out the …