Subic reopens gates to travelers of all ages
The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) has relaxed its guidelines for travelers entering the Subic freeport area for leisure activities, including visitors from the NCR-Plus Bubble.
According to a Punto Central Luzon report, SBMA senior deputy administrator Ramon Agregado said that the IATF resolution now allows point-to-point travel from NCR-Plus to areas under modified GCQ without age restrictions, thereby “opening Subic’s gates to visitors and tourists of all ages—from infants to seniors.”
“It’s a significant step forward from when visitors from NCR-Plus can enter Subic only for business purposes, and when we required proof of business appointments,” Agregado was quoted as saying in the report.
“But we will continue to strictly implement existing health safety protocols despite some relaxation in border controls,” he added.
He said the SBMA will conduct 100 percent inspection of travel requirements at Subic gates, and will continue to strictly enforce rules on minimum health measures and physical distancing in all areas in the freeport.
Agregado said the new IATF rules also require those under 18 years and over 65 years of age to present a negative RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) test result upon entry in Subic.
But the previous requirement for negative RT-PCR results still applies to visitors who will stay in Subic for at least four days and three nights, regardless of age and place of origin.
“We have gained this additional freedom, so to speak, because we enforced safety protocols before and we’ll continue doing so to be able to open up more business in Subic,” Agregado said.
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