DTH Travel

Destination Updates

Boracay island to close for six months


We would like to inform you that Boracay Island, Philippines’ most famous beach destination will temporarily close its doors to tourist to undergo rehabilitation for six months starting from 26 April 2018.

The government has released the following guidelines to address the island workers, residents, and resort owners on what to expect during the six-months closure period.

  1. Identified tourists will not be allowed into the island and will be stopped at the Jetty Port in Malay, Aklan.
  2. Residents/workers/resort owners will be allowed entry into the island subject to the presentation of identification cards specifying a residence in Boracay.
  3. Generally, swimming shall not be allowed anywhere on the island. However, residents may be allowed to swim only at Angol Beach in station 3 from 6:00 – 17:00 hours.
  4. No visitors of Boracay residents shall be allowed entry, except under emergency situations, and with the clearance of the security committee (DILG, PNP and LGU).
  5. Media will be allowed entry subject to prior approval from the Department of Tourism, with a definite duration and limited movement.
  6. No floating structures shall be allowed up to 15 kilometres from the shoreline.
  7. The Bureau of Immigration will revalidate the papers of foreigners who have found a home in Boracay.
  8. There will only be one transportation entry and exit point to Boracay Island but authorities have yet to decide where.

Since this is a government initiative, we cannot give assurance on the timeliness of this endeavor. Therefore, we advise all partners to hold off recommending the island for now and monitor developments in the coming months. Reassure that our teams are constantly in contact with our guests and their designated new resorts in replacement as well as managing any required changes to itineraries due to this situation.

Should you require immediate assistance or further information, please contact our concierge number at +63 917 844 0777 which is accessible 24/7.


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