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Department of Tourism supports simplification of travel procedures

To support the travel and tourism sector, the Department of the Interior and Local Government is simplifying the complex guidelines and requirements of LGUs.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has also conveyed its support for the rationalization of travel procedures and standards set by local government units (LGUs).

“The DOT has long been advocating for the simplification of travel requirements as this is critical in making domestic tourism work,” DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat stated.

“The Evolving Landscape of Domestic Tourism” survey results reveal that 81% of respondents consider the changing LGU criteria to be the most inconvenient aspect for travel.

Streamlining entry requirements will make traveling in the new normal more convenient while also protecting the public’s safety and well-being. Furthermore, this will also help in preventing the entry of those who falsify documents by standardizing validation protocols,” Puyat added.

Medical certificates, other forms of pre-flight or test-on-arrival, and quarantine are among the common travel criteria in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The regulations that have to be standardized at any destinations are those relating to swab examination for minors, rooming, and age requirements for inter- and intra-regional travel of domestic visitors.

Source: PNA

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