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UPDATED Guide to Traveling to El Nido (Travel Bubble): New Normal Requirements and Safety Guidelines

El Nido, Palawan 2021 Travel Guide and 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 when it comes to beach travels, 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

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 so that traveling to El Nido will be safe and worry-free. Read on to know more about the updated El Nido Travel Guide this 2021!

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

Travel Requirements to go to El Nido, Palawan

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:

For tourists from outside Palawan visiting El Nido

  • A negative result of an RT-PCR swab from a DOH-accredited facility within 72 hours before arrival in El Nido
  • A valid government-issued ID with a permanent address
  • Confirmed hotel booking at a hotel with Certificate of Authority to Operate in El Nido. To view the list of hotels that have complied with the government’s standards, click here.
  • Round trip airline tickets
  • El Nido Tourism QR Coded Tourist ID. Register at elnidotourism.ph to get yours. The cutoff will be at 3 PM a day before arrival.
  • A copy of approved S-Pass Travel Coordination Permit via s-pass.ph

Note: These requirements apply to tourists arriving at the Lio Airport, Puerto Princesa City Airport, Busuanga/Coron Airport, and San Vicente Airport.

For tourists arriving from outside Palawan who stayed in other areas in Palawan visiting El Nido

  • Negative antigen test result accomplished within 24 hours
  • A valid government-issued ID with a permanent address
  • Confirmed hotel booking at a hotel with Certificate of Authority to Operate in El Nido. To view the list of hotels that have complied with the government’s standards, click here.
  • El Nido Tourism QR Coded Tourist ID. Register at elnidotourism.ph to get yours. The cutoff will be at 3 PM a day before arrival.

For Palawan-based tourists visiting El Nido

  • Negative antigen test result accomplished within 24 hours
  • Proof of Palawan residency (government-issued ID indicating the address of residency in Palawan or school ID at any school in Palawan)
  • Confirmed hotel booking at a hotel with Certificate of Authority to Operate in El Nido. To view the list of hotels that have complied with the government’s standards, click here.
  • El Nido Tourism QR Coded Tourist ID. Register at elnidotourism.ph to get yours. The cutoff will be at 3 PM a day before arrival for advance coordination.

For Authorized Persons Outside Residence(APOR) Workers/Business and Locally Stranded Individuals (LSI)

Note: these requirements must be submitted to the El Nido MHO Contact Tracers upon arrival at the airport.

  • A negative result of an RT-PCR swab from a DOH-accredited facility or a saliva test from the Philippine Red Cross within 72 hours before arrival in El Nido
  • Round Trip Airline Ticket
  • Proof of residency in Palawan/Travel or Work Order/Certificate of Employment
  • Accomplished Case Investigation Form
  • A copy of approved S-Pass Travel Coordination Permit via s-pass.ph

Note: All travelers are required to download the Staysafe.PH mobile app. Requirements are subject to change without prior notice. 

El Nido Palawan by Luca Calderone via Unsplash

What You Need to Know About Travel Bubble in El Nido Palawan

To help the tourism industry and economy in Palawan recover, the Department of Tourism (DOT) implemented the concept of Travel Bubble. This is an arrangement of two destinations to open borders permitting tourists to fly to these destinations without undergoing the mandatory quarantine. However, tourists shall undergo an RT-PCR swab test to ensure that they are safe and COVID-free before they travel.

Currently, El Nido Resorts has the BE GREEN, Be Clean Enhanced Care Program which ensures the health and safety of their guests and employees by complying with government guidelines.

What resorts are open in El Nido?

List of Accommodation Establishment with DOT ACCREDITATION ( as of July 14,2021)

1 MINILOC ISLAND RESORT
Ten Knots Development Corp
0917-553-7986
reservations@lioestateresorts.com

2 PANGULASIAN ISLAND RESORT AND SPA
Ten Knots Development Corp
(048) 902 5900
reservations@lioestateresorts.com

3 HUNI LIO RESORT
Lio Resort Ventures Inc
0917-553-7986
reservations@lioestateresorts.com

4 MAREMEGMEG BEACH CLUB
Narayanee Corp
0966-802-4775
maremegmegbeachbarandcafe@gmail.com

5 LAGEN ISLAND RESORT
Ten Knots Development Corp
0917-553-7986
reservations@lioestateresorts.com

6 CASA KALAW
Lio Resort Ventures Inc
0917-553-7986
reservations@lioestateresorts.com

7 BALAI ADLAO
Lio Resort Ventures Inc
0917-553-7986
reservations@lioestateresorts.com

8 HOTEL COVO
Lio Resort Ventures Inc
0917-553-7986
reservations@lioestateresorts.com

9 SEDA LIO
Eco North Resort Ventures Inc.
0916-844-0670
bgc@sedahotels.com

10 CHARLIE’S EL NIDO
Acro Hotels and Resorts Inc.
0917-704-4209
reservations@charlieselnido.com

11 STUNNING REPUBLIC BEACH RESORT
Gloria B. Acosta
0999-566-0888/0915-177-6013
info@stunningrepublic.com

12 FRENDZ HOSTEL
Soel Corporation
0929 348 7999/0956 471 1415
elnido@frendzresorthotels.com

13 LAYANG LAYANG HOME INN
Edeliza A. Ajunan
0998-962-9270/(048)716 6206 layanglayanghomecaalan@gmail.com

14 MORINGA EL NIDO PHILIPPINES INC.
Moringa El Nido Philippines Inc.
0999-537-3006
moringa.resort@gmail.com

15. EL NIDO COCO RESORT
VALRIC INCORPORATED
0919-587-7569
elnido.cocoresort@gmail.com

16 APT THE APARTMENTS AT EL NIDO
APT Travel Inc.
0908-893-9411
gftalampas@apttravels.com.ph

17 BULSKAMP INN
Hubood Beach Resort Inc.
0915-205-7037
bulskampinn@gmail.com

18 A PLACE TO REMEMBER
Cesar G. Rivera
0917-880-0543
sarce_rivera@yahoo.com

19 CADLAO RESORT & RESTAURANT
Ida Marie E. Traon
0917-589-7069
info@cadlaoresort.com

20 TELESFORA BEACH COTTAGE
Rosario F. Jaboli
0929-648-8912/0917-731-8034
elnido.telesfora@gmail.com

21 LA CASA TERESA TOURIST INN
Melvin Dorego
0917-599-1143
melvin.dorego@gmail.com

22 JURIAS GARDEN HOTEL
Jun M. Mones
0968-370-0230/0961-660-9847
juriasgardenhotel@yahoo.com

23 QI PALAWAN
Kristopher George Ang
0939-925-9433
management@qipalawan.com

24 BUKO BEACH RESORT
Buko Beach Resort, Inc
0999-016-0609
reservations@bukobeachresort.com

25 MILAN GRACE INN
Morolani S. Huerto
0927-517-9756
Milangraceinn.helpdesk@gmail.com

26 LAS CABANAS
0947-487-9961
www.lascabanasresort.com

27 LOLO OYONG BED AND BREAKFAST
Lolo Oyong Pension House Inc.
0916-233-3652
lolooyong@yahoo.com

28 SANSE BOUTIQUE HOTEL
MXX Asia Inc.
0917-892-5828
fritzsanse01@gmail.com

29 EL NIDO BAYVIEW RESORT, INC
El Nido bayview Resort Inc.
0995-449-2348
elnidobayviewresort@gmail.com

30 DEVAYNS INN
Genoveva D. Didal
0945-418-6817
devaynsdasalla@gmail.com

31 MALIGAYA BEACH BUNGALOWS
Maligaya Dream Paradise Corp.
09171489898
maligayabungalows@gmail.com

32 BLUE MANGO HOTEL & RESORT
Blue Mango Hotel & Restaurant Corp.
0910-082-0606
bluemangoelnido@gmail.com

33 BELLA ATHENA GARDEN
Beynard I. Benito
0906-448-5921
bellaathenagarden@gmail.com

34 AHANA RESORT
Liwanag D. Cruz
0926-694-9097
ahanaresort@yahoo.com

35 ANGKLA BEACH RESORT
Angkla Group Inc.
0915-837-4860
contact@angklaresort.com

36 SEA COCOON HOTEL
Tolsar Development Corp.
0917-674-1024
info@seacocoon.com

37 ROSANNAS PENSION
Rosanna Gallardo
0920-005-4631
rosannas_cottages_elnido@yahoo.com

38 BIRDHOUSE GLAMPING
Camille D. Villaflor
0920-606-1187
thebirdhouseelnido@gmail.com

39 ANGELIC TOURIST INN
Romulo C. Abad
0917-833-2737
angelictouristinnelnido@gmail.com

40 EL NIDO BEACH HOTEL
GORONG BAY RESORT CORP.
0927-642-0680
elnidobeachhotel@yahoo.com

41 ISLANDFRONT COTTAGES
Islandfront Corp
0907-452-6709
islandfrontcottages@gmail.com

42 EL NIDO REEF STRAND
Rosefe M. Abel
048-716-2601
reefstrand@gmail.com

43 DOLAROG BEACH RESORT
Dolarog Beach Resort Corp.
0919-867-4360
edolarog@gmail.com

44 WEEKENDS EL NIDO BEACH RESORT
Cariño Development Management Corp
0999-705-6332
weekendsresortelnido@gmail.com

45 GOLDEN MONKEY COTTAGES
Roseana R. Mc Cabe
0998-856-5213
goldenmonkeyelnido@gmail.com

46 ALOCASIA HOSTEL
Daniel M. Felipe
0977-164-4296
alocasiahostel@gmail.com

47 CHISLYK INN
Francis Rey D. Labrador
0928-504-0728
chislykinn@gmail.com

48 AQUA TRAVEL LODGE
Sherwin N. Lim
0917-563-1887
sherwinlim31@yahoo.com

49 JOAQUINNS BED AND BREAKFAST
Leopoldo B. Palomar
0916-710-1378
jbbfast@gmail.com

50 NACPAN BEACH GLAMPING
Ruffa A. David
0917-774-0179
nacpanbeachglamping@gmail.com

51 SEASLUGS TRAVELER’S INN
Helen Grace C. Arante
0955-294-4590
aranteraine1@gmail.com

52 VILLA DEL VINCEJOS
Rudy C. Lim
0926-087-1007
christineglim1957@gmail.com

53 ANANG BALAY TURISTA
Anafe R. Sabroso
0917-315-1900
anafereynoso@yahoo.com

54 MATINLOC RESORT
Gorong Bay Resort Corp.
0927-642-0680
gmagura@gmail.com

55 KARUNA VILLAS
Karuna El Nido Villas, Inc.
0948-944-8717
info@karunaelnido.com

56 PANDAN VILLAS
Jose Emmanuel Jalandoni
0917-772-6576

57 DULI BEACH RESORT
Marnix Koster
0947-969-8210/0927-805-6933
info@dulibeach.com

58 GREEN TURTLE RESORT (VELLAGO RESORT)
Josephine Tonacao
0910-694-7155/0917-884-4082
info@vellago.com

59 DEN’GI INN
Bill Benson C. Gonzales
0917-123-2327
billbenson@gmail.com

60 CABANAS DE NACPAN
Raffy A. Hadji Nur
0916-487-2781/0998-181-2917
raffynur19@gmail.com

61 Mansion Buenavista
Jennifer L. Schimmel
0916-470-0173
mansion.buenavista@yahoo.com

62 Hadefe Cottages
Hanny M. Enor
0918-796-3069
h_enor@yahoo.com

63 Hidden Garden Pension
Maxima D. Misajon
0926-086-2423
maximamisajon2018@gmail.com

64 Lio Villas Resort, Inc
Lio Villas Resort, Inc
0910-301-6109
liovillas@gmail.com

ESTABLISHMENTS WITH LOCAL SEAL OF COMPLIANCE (LSOC) as of February 05,2021

Travel and Tours Agencies

1 .Go Paradise Travel & Tour
0927-067-9471
0995-465-6500
info@goparadise.org

2. Haqqy Life Travel & Tour
0920-406-1632
office@frendzresorts

3. Bellitta Tours
0916-492-2215
0929-838-2128
bellittatours@yahoo.com

4. Isla Paraiso Travel & Tour
0949-881-1798
islaparaiso45@gmail.com

5. Leatherback Travel & Cruise
0995-934-1560
leatherbackcruise2016@gmail.com

6. Krischana Travel & Tour
0916-799-7036
krischardalpas@gmail.com

7 Ape Tour Services
0912-902-5835
www.apetours@gmail.com

8. Lovelyn Travel & Tour
0917-655-5530
lovelyntravelandtours.page

9. El Nido Boutique Art Café Inc.
0920-902-6317/0917-560-4020
judithdistal@yahoo.com

10. Philippine Travel A La Carte
0917-626-4626

11.Spider Travel & Tour
0906-607-2057
spidertravelandtours@outlook.com

12. Klienkris Travel & Tour
0921-598-1221
klienkrislani@yahoo.com

13.Discover El Nido Travel & Tours
0910-202-0494
discoverelnido@gmail.com

14.Anang Travel & Tours
0917 315 1900
zekiahromualdo08@gmail.com

15. Tarawis Travel & Tours
0917 423 8764
lim.benly@gmail.com

16. Palss Travel & Tours
0927-860-9974
palsstours@gmail.com

17. Nativ Exploration Travel & Tours
0910-299-6616

18. Cadlao Travel and Tours
0917-742-8034
info.cadlao@gmail.com

19. Umi Travel & Tours
0917-773-6362/0999-713-4480
umitravelandtours@yahoo.com.ph

20. Christian Jay Travel & Tours
0928-494-7839

21. Jhannas Travel & Tours
0998-886-6540
jhannasinn2312@gmail.com

22. Life Simple Pleasure Travel & Tours
0908-818-9438
elnidopalawan1700@yahoo.com

23. Kapupuruan Travel & Tours
0946-527-9724
alfredhgustilo@gmail.com

24. Philippine Island Cruise Corporation
0919-001-1660/0917-555-8817
info@philippineislandcruises.com

25. Golden Monkey Travel & Tours
0998-856-5213
goldenmonkeyelnido@gmail.com

26. Elbyahe’s Travel and Tours
0947-617-3708
ryangarciaperez1976@gmail.com

27. Gabreiel Travel and Tours
0917-854-4454

28. RR Travel and Tour
0908-946-8958
rrtravelelnido@gmail.com

29. Caera Travel and Tour
0956-308-1202/0915-198-0074

30. El Swift Travel and Tours
0915-260-0406

31. Beachfront Travel and Tours
0908-481-1602
beachfrontelnido@yahoo.com

32. Aqua Island Tours
0917-563-1887
sherwinlim31@yahoo.com

33. Devayn’s Travel & Tours
0907-456-1330
devaynsdasalla@gmail.com

34. Tao Lost Boys, Inc. El Nido
0908-890-8033
info@taophilippines.com

35. Hannah Travel & Tours
0928-487-3593
faithfullove_70@yahoo.com

36. Cashem Travel & Tours
0929-873-3347
gilbertelnidocashem13@gmail.com

37. Helloen Boat Tour Services

38. Mercurio Travel & Tours
0999-474-6037
mercuriopalawan@gmail.com

Massage Center

1. Go Relax Massage & Spa
0919-414-2126
info@goparadise.org

2. Go Relax Massage & Spa
0919-414-2126
info@goparadise.org

3. The Organic Spa Facial Care & Body Works Inc
0917-526-1957

4. Athalias Massage & Spa Center
0917-734-1537

Restaurant

1. Kitchen Bar Coffee Hub
0920-406-1632
malouarnejos03@gmail.com

2. El Nido Boutique Art Café Inc.
0920-902-6317/0919-560-4020
info@elnidoboutiqueandartcafe.com

3. Maxana Grill and Resto Bar
0998-355-4729
arvy_keyboardist@yahoo.com

4. Globy Travelling Chef
0920-406-1632
malouarnejo03@gmail.com

5. Sausage with Benefits

6. Garlic and Mint Restaurant
0915-856-3793
garlic.mint@yahoo.com

7. Squidos Restaurant
0999-536-6069

8. Gusto Gelato
0927-808-4602
gustogelato.adm2016@gmail.com

9. The Pangolin Cocktail Bar
0956-088-2620

10. Nesting Table Restaurant
0930-186-5521

11. Beach Shack Resto Bar
0915-260-0406

12. Tuko Resto Bar
0939-909-0085
tukorestobar@gmail.com

13. Nido Grill
0905-091-6919

14. Bella Vita Refreshment
0916-492-2215

15. Blue Iguana Bar
0915-260-0406

16. D Factory Home Made Ice Cream
0917-880-5642

17. Lassiette Ice Cream Shop
0917-880-5642

18. Fat Choy Beach Bar and Restaurant
fatchoyr@gmail.com
(0915) 019 6030

19. Trattoria Altrove
0917-113-0035

20 District Bar and Kitchen
0915-260-0406

21. Manille Beach Bar
0916-251-6784

22. Cafe Athena Greek Taverna Inc.
0917-526-1957

23. Sunmai Beach Bar and restaurant
+639272812084
P4p. nacpan@gmail.com

Dive Shop

1. El Dive Scuba Diving and Equipment Rental
0999-171-2915
info.eldive@gmail.com

2. Turtle Divers Diving Shop
0909-654-0829
info@turtle-divers.com

3. Adventure Scuba Diving Services
0995-303-7583
elnidoadventurescuba@gmail.com

3. Palawan Divers
0917-774-3211/0950-849-6854
filip@palawan_divers.org

4. Ranmarc Dive Shop and Services
0908-969-2545/0998-961-3864
ranmarc.dive@gmail.com

5. Submariner Diving Center
0916-492-2215

Souvenir Shop

1. El Nido Boutique Art Café Inc.
0920-902-6317/0919-560-4020 info@elnidoboutiqueandartcafe.com

2. Fisheye the Shop
0917-543-2227
fisheyetheshop@gmail.com

3. Paradise Corner Stone
0916-492-2215

4. JPMZ Arts and Craft Trading

Sports

1. Madness Mixed Martial Arts Gym

2. Peak Corner Gym
0956-629-2445
peakhousegarden@yahoo.com

Kayak Rental

1. Lagoons Kayak and Ecoboats Rental

What are the booking restrictions for the travel bubble?

Guests of all ages are accepted, except for those with pre-existing conditions or comorbidities such as:

  • Persons with cancer, serious heart condition, lung disease, pregnancy
  • Persons with hypertension, diabetes, moderate/severe asthma (shall provide medical clearance or fit to travel certificate upon reservation)

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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Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of Outoftownblog.com. He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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