In efforts to offer a joyful and safe destination for this homecoming season, the Province of Ilocos Norte will no longer require fully immunized tourists to present a negative COVID-19 test result starting December 1, 2021. Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc made the announcement yesterday, November 18, 2021, during the “I’m IN LUv and Find the One Travel Fair” opening ceremony in San Juan, La Union. “I am proud to announce and reveal that on December 1, we will also be dropping our test requirements for fully vaccinated tourists. We want to make it easier for people to travel north and to enjoy everything that we have to offer in Ilocos Norte,” he said.
Specifically, fully vaccinated tourists from Risk Level 1, 2, or 3, are no longer required to take COVID-19 testing when coming to Ilocos Norte. They only need to present a valid vaccination card. On the other hand, unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, and Risk Level 4 area visitors must provide one of the following: a negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival, an Antigen test taken within 24 hours upon arrival, or an Antigen test at the provincial border.
Moreover, one of the highlights of the travel fair was the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between Governor Manotoc and Department of Tourism Region I Director Joseph Francisco Ortega on the use of the “Tara Na!” (Region1.tarana.ph) as a tourist pass system for the entire region.
“I’m IN LUv,” a tourism marketing and promotions partnership between Ilocos Norte and La Union that was virtually launched on May 12, 2021, is geared towards expanding networks towards projecting an image for both tourism havens as safe and worthy travel destinations in the new normal.