Siargao to Reopen to Local Tourists Starting November 23

Siargao reopens on Nov. 23

Philippines’ surfing capital Siargao Island is slated to reopen to local tourists beginning November 23.

Siargao to Reopen to Local Tourists Starting November 23
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On Saturday, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said that the teardrop-shaped island located in Surigao del Norte will reopen this coming Monday.

On the other hand, flights to Siargao Island will resume on December 1.

Cecilia L. Ruson, the mayor of General Luna, Surigao del Norte also confirmed the reopening of Siargao through a local executive order.

The local government of Siargao has set minimum health standards and COVID-19 testing for arriving tourists to ensure everyone’s safety.

This is also in compliance with the directives of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Meanwhile, here are the requirements tourists must prepare before going to Siargao Island based on the report of

For tourists arriving via Sayak Airport or Surigao City:

  • e-Health Pass with a valid ID
  • Negative RT-PCR result taken within 48 hours from point of origin,
  • Five-day confirmed booking from an accommodation establishment with a Certificate of Authority to Operate (CAO) or Provisional Certificate of Authority to Operate (PCAO) from the DOT
  • Round-trip ticket or travel details

For tourists from the province of Surigao del Norte:

  • e-Health Pass with a valid ID
  • Certificate from Barangay Captain that Traveler is not a close contact
  • Confirmed booking from an accredited DOT-accommodation establishment (AE)

For reoperation of hotels and resorts in Siargao:

  • Business Permit
  • Certificate of Authority to Operate (CAO) from the DOT
  • e-health System Registration
  • e-health Pass or QR code reader
  • New normal protocols approved by the municipal health office

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Siargao Island will also impose a curfew from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said that the reopening of Siargao Island is “encouraging news for everyone who loves the sea, especially the surfers.”

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