Bohol to reopen to tourists on Nov. 15: Palace

Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 29 2020 12:38 PM | Updated as of Oct 29 2020 02:50 PM

Chocolate Hills in Bohol. Karen Flores, ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA - Bohol province will reopen to tourists next month, Malacañang said Thursday, as authorities sought to revive the economy that the pandemic has dragged into recession. 

"Magbubukas na po para sa turismo ang island paradise na Bohol mula po a-15 ng Nobyembre," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a press briefing in Bohol's Panglao island. 

(The island paradise of Bohol will be open for tourism starting Nov. 15.)

Travelers need a negative coronavirus RT-PCR test result before booking their trip. "Do-it-yourself" tours are banned and the local government will give itinerary options, said Bohol Gov. Arthur Yap. 

The local government will use a QR code system to track and isolate tourists, if needed, he said in the same press briefing. 

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The Philippines is forecast to see a 6.9 percent economic contraction this year, the World Bank has said, the biggest since the 1980s and worse than the government's projected 5.5 percent decline. 

It has been gradually reopening the economy to allow more businesses to resume operations and more people to go back to work, but partial restrictions in and around the capital Manila remain to keep the virus spread in check. 

- With a report from Reuters