No more Covid-19 tests required for inbound fully vaxxed travelers

Fully vaccinated inbound travelers to Negros Occidental and Bacolod City are no longer required to present negative RT-PCR or rapid antigen test results starting Wednesday, February 16.

Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and Mayor Evelio Leonardia in separate executive orders issued Tuesday, February 15, placing Negros Occidental and Bacolod City under Alert Level 2 starting Wednesday until February 28, said fully vaccinated travelers no longer have to undergo COVID-19 tests but must present verifiable vaccination cards.

Negros Occidental also requires fully vaccinated individuals to present an S-PASS, while Bacolod City requires a BaCTrac ID, which can be obtained online.

Bacolod City is requiring partially vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals to present negative results of Rapid Antigen Tests certified by a Department of Health accredited laboratory and administered within 48 hours prior to arrival.


The Negros Occidental provincial government will provide free Rapid Antigen Tests for inbound unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travellers on arrival at the airport and seaports.

It will also honor Rapid Antigen Test results taken 48 hours prior to arrival of the travelers.

Lacson said each airline will be allowed two Manila-Bacolod-Manila flights, and one additional inbound Manila to Bacolod cargo-only flight and one Bacolod to Manila passenger flight a day.

One Cebu-Bacolod-Cebu flight per week will be allowed for each airline, Lacson added.

Sea vessels will be allowed to admit passengers up to 50 percent of their passenger capacity limit, he said.


Curfew in Bacolod City will remain from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m., and the sale and consumption of alcoholic drinks in authorized public places will be allowed only from noon to 10 p.m., Leonardia said.

Curfew in Negros Occidental will remain from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. for minors, and 12 p.m. to 4 a.m. for those 18 years old and above.


Casinos, horse racing, cockfighting and cockpits, lottery and betting shops, and other gaming establishments will not be allowed to operate, or be undertaken except as may be authorized by the Inter-Agency Task Force or the Office of the President, Leonardia said.

Establishments or activities that are allowed to operate or be undertaken must be at a maximum of 50 percent venue capacity for fully vaccinated individuals and those below 18 years of age, even if unvaccinated, and 70 percent for outdoor venue capacity in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City.*

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