Aklan gov't: No more probationary QR code for Boracay tourists

KALIBO, Aklan, Jan. 29 (PIA6) – The provincial government of Aklan will no longer issue probationary Quick Response (QR) codes for tourists who are planning to visit Boracay Island.

This move by the provincial government is carried-out after a number of tourists were apprehended for submitting fake negative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test result.

Some were intercepted at Caticlan Airport while others had already managed to enter the island and were able to "check-in" in the hotels.

Tourists passing the Tourist Lane at Caticlan Jetty Port to visit Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan. Based on the report of Malay Municipal Tourism Office, from January 1 to 24, 2021, tourist arrivals in Boracay Island already reached 8,937. (SQP/PIA-Aklan/Photo courtesy of Malay Municipal Tourism Office)

Caticlan Jetty Port Administrator lawyer Selwyn Ibaretta said that the Aklan Validation Team issued probationary QR codes to tourists, subject to validation of their coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) tests from accredited molecular laboratory centers. This is for the tourists to catch up the plane/ship while the province is waiting for the reply of the laboratory center.

Ibaretta noted that due to the said fraudulent activities, the province immediately stopped the issuance of the temporary QR Code and advised tourists to secure their Online Health Declaration Card at least 24 hours before their flight or travel to avoid delays for the QR Code release.

He stressed that the validation team of the province will only issue QR code upon receipt of the confirmation of the accredited molecular laboratory and nothing more.

Provincial Health Officer I Dr. Cornelio Cuachon Jr., reported that three out of the six tourists who were recently arrested for fake RT-PCR test results tested positive for COVID-19.

The three cases involved two women and a male who have been kept in a facility and a private hotel in Kalibo, Aklan as part of the mandatory quarantine protocols.

Meanwhile, the Malay Municipal Tourism Office recently launched the 24/7 Boracay Tourist Information Hotline which aims to help Boracay tourists particularly on travel requirements, process on entering Boracay, what to do and where to go in the island, and the likes.  

Tourists on a planning stage and already checked-in guests in Boracay will have an access to the hotline numbers: 09682431919 for Smart subscribers, and 09274392343 for Globe users. (LTP/SQP/PIA Aklan)


Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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