Puerto Galera doesn't fall far behind the more famous beaches in the Philippines when it comes to stretches of white-sand, vibrant nightlife, and gorgeous sights to see.
Aside from its white beaches, it is also known to be a popular diving site, boasting precious marine life. There is also a multitude of resorts here for rest and relaxation that can fit any budget.
Puerto Galera Travel Requirements & Guidelines | COVID-19 New Normal
The municipality of Puerto Galera has started accepting leisure travelers, and those fully vaccinated don’t need to present a negative COVID-19 test. Visitors can enjoy its white sand beaches and underwater attractions.
1. Who are allowed to go to Puerto Galera?
Puerto Galera is open to all domestic travelers. Travelers who are fully vaccinated, or those who received the last dose of their COVID-19 vaccine at least 2 weeks prior to arrival, are exempted from the COVID-19 test requirement. They must instead present a COVID-19 domestic vaccination card or certificate issued by a legitimate vaccinating establishment to show their fully vaccinated status.
Starting October 27, 2021, a negative RT-PCR test will no longer be required from unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers. For unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers, the municipality will provide a free rapid antigen test at the Puerto Galera Molecular Laboratory Batangas Grand Terminal Branch. Children aged 2 years old and below do not need to take the free rapid antigen test.
All travelers are also required to register with s-pass.ph.
Travelers must also undergo health and exposure screening at the Puerto Galera border, and those who exhibit symptoms will not be allowed entry.
2. What are the entry points in Puerto Galera?
Travelers can board a fast craft or a roll-on-roll-off (RoRo) ferry from the International Port of Batangas to either the Port of Muelle or the Port of Balatero.
3. What travel requirements do you need to prepare?
Here are the requirements you need to prepare before your trip to Puerto Galera:
** A Negative Rapid Antigen Test Result (For Unvaccinated or Partially Vaccinated)
The municipality will provide free rapid antigen tests for all unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers at the Puerto Galera Molecular Laboratory Batangas Grand Terminal Branch. Children aged 2 years old and below do not need to take the free rapid antigen test.
** A Vaccination Card/Certificate (For Fully Vaccinated)
Fully vaccinated individuals must present a COVID-19 domestic showing the holder’s vaccination status.
** QR Code from S-Pass
All tourists need to present their QR code from S-Pass upon entry and exit, so make sure you are registered before arrival.
4. What are the guidelines and protocols to follow when you're in Puerto Galera?
After you are allowed entry to Puerto Galera, you must observe the following protocols:
** Minimum health standards: Mask and face shield
Individuals are required to use face masks and face shields in public, practice social distancing, and wash their hands regularly.
** Curfew Hours
With the exception of emergency situations, all travelers are expected to follow the curfew hours of 12 MN to 4 AM.
** Consumption of Liquor
Liquor consumption is allowed but hand hygiene and social distancing must be maintained and glasses and bottles must not be shared.
5. What activities can you do in Puerto Galera during quarantine?
Leisure travelers can enjoy the famous white-sand beaches of Puerto Galera or explore its more than 40 dive sites teeming with marine life.
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