Palace spokesman Harry Roque in Bohol (Photo from Roque’s Facebook)

Bohol will reopen its doors to tourists on Nov. 15 as the country presses further on its bid to revive the tourism sector despite the pandemic, officials said.

Bohol Gov. Arthur Yap urged tourists to visit to check travel requirements and protocols.

Tourists will be required to present negative Covid-19 tests taken 72 hours before arrival. A QR code system will be implemented for fast, contactless registration.

“If you have a valid negative PCR test result to Covid, then you can register. Let us know about that, mabibigyan kayo ng QR code and you will use that QR code to register and then you can now book your stay with accredited establishments,” Yap said in a virtual presser.

Only government-approved itinerary options will be allowed, Yap said, adding that “do-it-yourself” trips were prohibited.

Boracay was the first tourist spot in the country to reopen last Oct. 1.

Reviving the tourism sector was necessary to help cushion the impact of the recession the Philippine economy entered into last August, according to Malacañang. John Ezekiel J. Hirro