Following the reopening of Boracay and other tourist destinations in the country, Ilocos Norte is slowly welcoming guests from the rest of Luzon to enjoy their top destinations.
“We’re elated with the decision of Governor Manotoc to finally welcome visitors from Luzon to Ilocos Norte, even those coming from areas that are still under general community quarantine (GCQ),” Department of Tourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said in a statement.
“The province’s success in managing the number of Covid-19 cases, not to mention an array of cultural sites, natural attractions, and fun activities make it really worth the long drive for people looking for a cure for their cabin fever,” she added.
Ilocos Norte will be accommodating up to 50 tourists per day only and would use the same visiting management like Baguio City’s Visitor Information and Travel Assistance or VIS.I.T.A. platform. Tourists are required to take a swab test or RT-PCR test 48 hours before their scheduled trip to the north.
“We urge travelers to stay at home from the time you undergo the required RT-PCR test up until the schedule of travel as a precaution. Wear your masks, face shields and practice physical distancing when in public,” Romulo said.
Hotels from different parts of Ilocos Norte were also given certificates of authority after complying to the mandated health and safety protocols.