FOR traveling without documents, six individuals from Mindanao were held by authorities in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental Friday, November 26.

Provincial Administrator lawyer Rayfrando Diaz II said they were on board a Ceres bus when they were intercepted at the checkpoint in Barangay Tabugon.

They were ordered to disembark the bus, he said.

Diaz added that the six entered Negros Island via Dumaguete City and were headed to Kabankalan City.

They will be held at the quarantine facility in Silay City and tested for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) after five days at their own expense, he said.

The provincial government requires travelers entering Negros Occidental from the Oriental side to have a Safe, Swift and Smart Passage (S-Pass) and vaccination card for fully vaccinated.

Those unvaccinated should present negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT- PCR) test results to authorities at the border checkpoint.

Diaz said requiring these documents is part of the provincial government’s measures against the spread of Covid-19.