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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Philippine Travel Update: El Nido, Palawan Re-opens for Palawan-based Tourists!

Starting last September 30, 2020, El Nido Palawan has finally opened its doors for Palawan-based tourists, either local or foreign tourists as long as they originates from Palawan areas.


El Nido has only 2 Covid-19 cases as of September 22, 2020 and both patients has fully recovered. Good thing, there were no local transmission of the virus up until now. We can say that visiting El Nido now is safe but as tourists, it is also our responsibility to follow the health standards applied such as:

  • Mandatory wearing of face masks
  • Observance of Physical Distancing
  • Undergo Temperature checks in various establishments

We know you missed it, basking under the sun, laying down in pristine beaches, exploring hidden caves and shrines, and snorkeling under crystal clear waters. So, before finally booking that vacation of yours, make sure to check out the following requirements and reminders before arrival and during your stay in El Nido. (Updated as of September 29, 2020 at El Nido Tourism Facebook Page)




  • Tourist health declaration from (HDF) acquired through the El Nido Tourism website:
  • Reservation or booking in an accommodation establishment with Certificate of Authority to Operate (CAO) issued by the Department of Tourism (DOT).




Upon arrival in El Nido, all guests must undergo to their border control follow below step-by-step guide of the procedure in getting through:


  • Presentation of ID stating address in Palawan
  • Presentation of electronic booking invoice in an accommodation with DOT’s Certificate of Authority to Operate
  • Short tourism briefing
  • Payment of eco-tourism development fee (ETDF)
  • Brief health check and interview


Once you’re in El Nido, expect that roaming around will be different than before. From the accommodation, various establishments around the town, during island activities, make sure to be guided of the following:



  • Always observe minimum health standards.
  • Book your island tours one day prior your activity. Know all dos and don’t’s
  • Bring a an electronic copy of your ID and HDF at all times
  • When feeling flu0like symptoms, quickly inform your hotel staff and isolate immediately in the hotel’s isolation room. Your hotel staff will contact medical personnel for your health assessment and help plan further actions.



  • To lessen person-to-person contact during this period, tourists shall bring their own food and drinks. Do note that single-use plastics are not allowed.
  • The new island hopping tours are designed to help tourists maintain a 3-meter distance from one another off boat. Please do so.
  • For this period, tourists shall bring their own mask and snorkel and other similar gears. Rentals of such are temporarily banned.
  • Hold on to the life jacket given to you and do not share.
  • Observe minimum health standards always.
  • Bring your ETDF ticket and an electronic copy of your ID and HDF at all times.


To give you an idea of which tours should you opt for, read our blogs here: TOUR A: LAGOONS AND BEACHESTOUR C: HIDDEN BEACHES AND SHRINESLAS CABANAS AND NACPAN BEACH



El Nido not just boasts natural attractions but also offers a plethora of accommodation making your stay worthwhile. And just like in Boracay Island, El Nido issued a list of accommodations/ establishments with Certificates of Authority to Operate (CATO) issued by the Department of Tourism. This ensures that the following accommodation/ establishments complied with the Government's protocols. (Updated as of October 01, 2020 at El Nido Tourism Facebook Page)


  • Huni Lio Resort
  • Lagen Island Resort
  • Pangulasian Island Resort
  • Miniloc Island Resort
  • Maremegmeg Resort (Narayanee Corp)
  • Seda Lio
  • Charlie's El Nido
  • Stunning Republic Beach Resort
  • Frendz Hostel
  • Layang Layang Home Inn
  • Moringa El Nido Philippines Inc.
  • El Nido Coco Resort
  • APT the Apartments in El Nido
  • Bulskamp Inn
  • Marygold Beachfront
  • Mansion Buenavista
  • Karuna El Nido Villas Inc
  • QI Palawan
  • Milan Grace Inn
  • Telesfora Beach Cottages
  • Panorama Resort
  • Buko Beach Resort
  • Bayview Country Inn.
  • Gorong Bay Resort Corporation
  • Lolo Oyong Bed and Breakfast
  • La Salangane Incorporation
  • Islandfront Corporation
  • Casa Kalaw
  • Balai Adlaw
  • Hotel Covo
  • Sanse Boutique Hotel (MXX ASIA, INC.)


If you’re having trouble choosing where you should stay, see our blow here where we listed our top recommended accommodations: WHERE TO STAY WHEN IN EL NIDO


Various actions are being taken the El Nido as they prepare for the NEW NORMAL including implementation of safety measures not just to protect the locals but also its valued tourists. Let’s all enjoy paradise once again safely!


Doesn’t have any idea what’s your itinerary should be? We got you covered! Check our blog here:  EL NIDO TRAVEL GUIDE: 4 DAYS AND 3 NIGHTS






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