UPDATED El Nido Travel Requirements and Safety Guidelines (Updated July 2022)

El Nido, Palawan Tourist Requirements

El Nido New Normal Requirements and Safety Guidelines

El Nido, Palawan 2022 Travel Requirements

Team out of Town Hub (www.outoftownblog.com) – Philippine beaches would definitely have to be one of the sorely missed travel destinations when the pandemic started. One of the favorites would be El Nido in Palawan, rightfully recognized as the World’s Best Island in 2020 by Travel + Leisure. El Nido has always been a top spot for beach travel, particularly because of its unparalleled beauty with its pristine white sand beaches, limestone formations, and luxurious greenery. 

El Nido New Normal Requirements and Safety Guidelines
El Nido New Normal Requirements and Safety Guidelines

But with the current situation brought by the pandemic, traveling to El Nido has gotten stricter to ensure the safety of the locals and tourists. Several protocols have been put in place to travel to El Nido to be safe and worry-free. Read on to know more about the updated El Nido Travel Requirements this 2022!

UPDATED Guide to Traveling to El Nido photo by John Mayer via Unsplash
UPDATED Guide to Traveling to El Nido photo by John Mayer via Unsplash

Travel Requirements to go to El Nido, Palawan (Updated July 2022)

Additional requirements are now needed for this pandemic to travel to tourist destinations in the Philippines. This will help ensure the health and safety of all guests and locals in the provinces, so we can enjoy a worry-free trip! Read more details below:

List of El Nido Travel Requirements

For Fully Vaccinated Travelers

  1. Approved Travel Coordination Permit (via s-pass.ph)
  2. COVID-19 Vaccination Card/Certificate (via doh.gov.ph)
  3. Confirmed Hotel Booking at a DOT-accredited Accommodation
  4. Roundtrip Tickets
  5. Valid Government-Issued I.D.
  6. Negative Rapid Antigen Test Result from any DOH-accredited laboratories released within forty-eight (48) hours prior to arrival

For Unvaccinated/Partially Unvaccinated Travelers

  1. Approved Travel Coordination Permit (via s-pass.ph)
  2. Confirmed Hotel Booking at a DOT-accredited Accommodation
  3. Roundtrip Tickets
  4. Valid Government-Issued I.D.
  5. Negative Rapid Antigen Test Result from any DOH-accredited laboratories released within forty-eight (48) hours prior to arrival

For Minors Traveling with Parents/Guardians

  1. Travelers aged 11 years and below with Fully Vaccinated Parent/Guardian
    • Negative Rapid Antigen Test Result from any DOH-accredited laboratories released within forty-eight (48) hours prior to arrival
  2. Travelers aged 12 years and above with Fully Vaccinated Parent/Guardian
    • Negative RT-PCR Test Result from any DOH-accredited laboratories released within forty-eight (48) hours prior to travel
  3. Travelers aged 11 years and below with Unvaccinated/Partially Vaccinated Parent/Guardian
    • Negative RT-PCR Test Result from any DOH-accredited laboratories released within forty-eight (48) hours prior to travel
  4. Travelers aged 12 years and above with Unvaccinated/Partially Vaccinated Parent/Guardian
    • Negative RT-PCR Test Result from any DOH-accredited laboratories released within forty-eight (48) hours prior to travel

For Fully Vaccinated Returning Residents

  1. Approved Travel Coordination Permit (via s-pass.ph)
  2. COVID-19 Vaccination Card/Certificate (via doh.gov.ph)
  3. Valid Government-Issued I.D.
  4. Negative Rapid Antigen Test Result from any DOH-accredited laboratories released within forty-eight (48) hours prior to arrival

For Unvaccinated/Partially Unvaccinated Returning Residents

  1. Approved Travel Coordination Permit (via s-pass.ph)
  2. Negative Rapid Antigen Test Result from any DOH-accredited laboratories released within forty-eight (48) hours prior to arrival

DOT-accredited Accommodations in El Nido

A confirmed hotel booking is required to enter El Nido. Below are some of the best DOT-accredited accommodations in El Nido:

  1. Cauayan Island Resort

Location: Barangay Buena Suerte

  1. El Nido Resorts Lagen Island

Location: Lagen Island

  1. El Nido Matinloc Resort

Location: Matinloc Island

  1. El Nido Resorts Pangulasian Island

Location: Pangulasian Island

  1. Joaquinn’s Bed and Breakfast

Location: Barangay Buena Suerte

  1. Lio Villas Resort

Location: Villa Libertad

  1. Rovic’s Tourist Hotel

Location: Barangay Masagana

  1. Sea Cocoon Hotel

Location: Barangay Buena Suerte

  1. Spin Designer Hostel

Location: Balinsasayaw Road Corner Calle Real

  1. Vellago Resort

Location: Seven Commando Beach

DOT-accredited Travel Agencies in El Nido

Travel and tour packages must be handled by a DOT-accredited travel agency in El Nido. Below are some of the recommended DOT-accredited travel agencies in El Nido:

  1. Ape Tour Services

Socials: facebook.com/apetours.ph

Website: apetours.ph

  1. Buhay Isla Ecotour (El Nido Branch)

Socials: facebook.com/buhayislaecotour

Website: buhayisla.com

  1. Discover El Nido Travel & Tours

Socials: facebook.com/discoverelnidopalawan

Website: discoverelnido.com

  1. Go Paradise Travel & Tours (Main Office)

Socials: facebook.com/goparadisepalawan

Website: goparadise.org

List of El Nido Tourist Guidelines and Safety Protocols

Once local and international tourists and travelers enter El Nido, the following guidelines and safety protocols must be strictly followed:

Minimum Health Standards

Local and International Tourists and Travelers must wear face masks, frequently wash hands, and practice physical distancing.

Transport Protocols

Local and International Tourists and Travelers must secure their own private transportation from the point of entry to their accommodation, and from their accommodations to their activities, including island hopping, kayaking, scuba diving, and beach bumming. Tour packages booked should be handled by a DOT-accredited travel agency.

Fully Vaccinated Travelers are considered fully vaccinated if:

  1. Traveler has more than or equal to two (2) weeks after having received the second dose in a 2-dose vaccine or;
  2. Traveler has more than or equal to two (2) weeks after having received a single-dose vaccine

El Nido is one of the top summer destinations in the Philippines. Thanks to the white sand beaches, pacific blue waters, and steep limestone cliffs, it is not surprising that tourists and visitors flock here. Visitors should practice minimum health standards such as wearing face masks, frequent hand washing, and physical distancing.

For the latest information and resources on El Nido’s COVID Health Protocols and Travel Requirements, visitors can go to:

Palawan is one of the premier summer destinations in the Philippines, and the charming town of El Nido captivates adventurers and travelers with its tropical islands, impressive cliffs, and diverse marine wildlife. Some of the popular activities on the island include swimming, diving, and island hopping.

Visitors from Manila can book a direct flight to El Nido Lio Airport via AirSWIFT Airlines, the only airline that currently services the Manila to El Nido route. Another by-flight option to reach El Nido is to book a flight to Puerto Princesa International Airport via AirAsia, Cebu Pacific, and Philippine Airlines, and take a van or bus going to El Nido. Visitors in Coron, Palawan can take a fast craft bound for El Nido, Palawan, while those in San Vicente, Palawan can hire a van to take them to El Nido.

The best time to visit El Nido is during the dry summer season in the Philippines, around January to April. Don’t forget to pack comfortable summer outfits and sun protection gear.

Keep updated with the latest requirements and travel guidelines by checking AirSwift’s website or El Nido’s Facebook page. 

Are you excited to travel again? Make sure to prepare all requirements beforehand and have a safe and happy trip to El Nido, Palawan! 

Sources: AirSwift, El Nido Resorts

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  1. Shweta says

    Waoow, Amazing blog. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

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