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127 stranded foreigners allowed to leave Bohol

Bohol Island News Staff | Posted on March 23, 2020

Cristopher Boncales of the Bohol Tourism Office briefs the stranded foreigners in Bohol prior to boarding. (Photo by Cristopher Boncales)

There were already 127 stranded foreigners that were allowed to leave Bohol province since the provincial government’s tourism office in coordination with some embassies facilitated for their travel to Cebu.

According to Cristopher Boncales, senior staff of the Bohol Tourism Office in a report by Balitang Bisdak, the latest batch to leave were 23 foreigners who departed via Tubigon Port to Cebu on Monday morning, March 23, 2020.

“Most of them are long staying European tourists,” said Boncales.

These passengers were left in Bohol when the community quarantine was implemented on March 16.

They began facilitating for their travel out of Bohol last March 20.

However, only those with confirmed flights were allowed to leave Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) within 24 hours upon arrival at the airport.

Boncales said they need to present their documents such as passport, health clearance and confirmed flight details to the Bohol Tourism Office for validation.

Precautionary measures were observed before their trip.

Processing of the stranded foreigners before their departure from Bohol. (Photo by: Cristopher Boncales)

Boncales said the seating arrangement of the van transfer from Tagbilaran to Tubigon is limited to 6 persons only.

Their body temperatures were checked upon entry while maintaining the one-meter distance. They were also seated at least one meter apart and were asked to wear face mask always.

“Of course, we encourage hand wash after every other transaction with 70 % alcohol,” he said.

He clarified that the Tubigon – Cebu trip is for stranded foreign tourists only.

“These trips are being arranged by their embassies for safe return to their respective place of origin,” he said.

There is still no inbound travels to other provinces since the community quarantine was extended until April 12.

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