Monday, October 18, 2021

Fully vaxxed travelers may now enter NegOcc sans RT-PCR test result

NEGROS. This file photo taken last year shows that travelers arriving at the Bacolod-Silay Airport in Silay City were required to undergo swab testing. But now, the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental is already allowing fully vaccinated travelers to enter the province without a negative RT-PCR test result. (File photo)

TRAVELERS who are fully vaccinated against coronavirus disease (Covid-19) with authenticated Quick Response (QR) identification cards (IDs) are now allowed to enter Negros Occidental without a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test result.

This was confirmed Monday, October 11, by Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz II, citing the Executive Order (EO) issued by Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson taking effect this month.

Diaz said the protocol will be the same.

This means that travelers entering the province should first register to the Safe, Swift and Smart Passage (S-Pass) that requires either a negative RT-PCR test or a verifiable vaccination card.

All vaccination cards should reflect in the Provincial Management Information System or the vaccination portal of the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT).

"We want to accept people who are fully vaccinated with authenticated cards to avoid the proliferation of fake vaccination cards," Diaz said.

Diaz said the vaccination cards are easy to forge, that is why one needs to have a QR-coded ID to avail himself/herself of the privilege of not presenting a negative RT-PCR test result.

This travel protocol has already been approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force, he added.


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