Reopening of El Nido, The New Rules in Force.

Announced two days ago, the city of El Nido and its island activities are finally reopening to tourists from all over the Philippines. With the new results encouraging on covid and the arrival of vaccines, what are the new rules to come and enjoy the beauty of the Bacuits Bay, lagoons and beaches?

The news is very fresh, official information dates from today, visitors wishing to enter Barangay El Nido will be part of one of the following 3 categories and therefore comply with the rules governing them.

1. PALAWAN Based Tourist visiting El Nido.

Visitors living in Palawan, but in a different Barangay than El Nido and who have decided to stay in El Nido, will have to prepare before their arrival:

  • An Antigenic test with negative result carried out less than 24 hours before arrival in Palawan and carried out by a licensed clinic or medical facility.
  • Proof of residency in Palawan which can be a government ID Card with address in Palawan or a School ID from a school in Palawan.
  • A reservation in an accredited hotel like Moringa Resort or Coco Resort.
  • A tourist QT-ID (QR Code) that can be issued by the El Nido Tourism Office.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Local procedures should be finalized before 3:00 p.m the day before departure. We can undertake all these procedures and perform them for you, by booking at Moringa Resort or Coco Resort.

2. Tourist from outside PALAWAN visiting El Nido

Visitors arriving via the Airports of Lio (Airswift), Puerto Princesa, San Vicente or Busuanga on Coron, who have decided to stay in El Nido will have to prepare before their arrival:

  • An RT-PCR swab test with a negative result dating less than 72 hours before the flight to Palawan and performed by a laboratory part of the Department of Health (DOH) accreditated testing facilities.
  • A Government issued ID with permanent address.
  • A reservation in an accredited hotel like Moringa Resort or Coco Resort.
  • Private transport from the point of entry to the hotel and vice versa.
  • A tourist QT-ID (QR Code) that can be issued by the El Nido Tourism Office.
  • An S-PASS Travel via the s-pass.ph application (great novelty of this reopening)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Local procedures should be finalized before 3:00 p.m the day before departure. We can undertake all these procedures and perform them for you, as well as the booking of your direct flight on Airswift and your RT-PCR test directly at home, by booking at Moringa Resort or Coco Resort.

3. Tourist arriving from outside PALAWAN who stayed in other areas in PALAWAN and visiting El Nido

Visitors from outside of Palawan who made a stay outside the Barangay El Nido and who wish to come to El Nido, will have to prepare before their arrival:

  • An Antigenic test with negative result sampled less than 24 hours before arrival in El Nido, certified and carried out by a Licensed Clinic or Medical Facility.
  • A Government issued ID with permanent address.
  • A reservation in an accredited hotel like Moringa Resort or Coco Resort.
  • A tourist QT-ID (QR Code) that can be issued by the El Nido Tourism Office.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Local procedures should be finalized before 3:00 p.m the day before departure. We can undertake all these procedures and perform them for you, by booking at Moringa Resort or Coco Resort.

Information about Vaccinated Peoples

Today, July 7, 2021, the municipality was not able to detail the procedures relating to accinated people, but if we follow the government announcement of July 4, 2021, people with one of the National Certificates of Vaccination, detailed in this article relating to Vaccinated Travelers in the Philippines, should be able to dispense with Covid screening tests.

Information about Island hopping

Safety and Covid-related measures will certainly stay the same as before and will be announced soon, but we can clearly imagine something like that:

  • Tours must be booked at least 1 day prior and before 4 PM.
  • Limited capacity of 50% of passenger capacity on boats and not exceed 12 people, with a 3m social distancing.
  • To carry ID, tourist QT-ID and Eco-Tourism Development Fee proof (see below) at all times.
  • If experiencing flu-like symptoms, to isolate himself/herself at respective hotels.
  • Personal food, mask and snorkel.
  • To use assigned life jacket and not share with others.
  • To comply to temperatures and ID checks.

More information to come, do not hesitate to regularly consult our Facebook Moringa Resort Page and Coco Resort Page as well as contact us via Messenger if you have any questions or wish to book your stay.

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