2021 BOHOL TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS

Bohol has been slowly accepting tourists recently.  Traveling to Bohol is easier compared to other tourist destinations in the Philippines because Bohol travel requirements are processed promptly by Bohol Tourism and they do respond to queries.

If you plan to travel to Bohol soon, here are the updated travel requirements for Bohol as of September  2021.

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1. Negative RT-PCR Test from accredited DOH Lab or saliva test result from Red Cross. Taken not more than 72 hours from departure. Children 4 years old and below are exempted from the testing requirements.

2.  S-Pass Travel Coordination Permit (TCP). Register s-pass.ph. Effective August 1, 2021, S-Pass Travel Coordination Permit will be required instead of the Letter of Acceptance from the LGU. You need to register on S-Pass to generate the Travel Coordination Permit (TCP) if you’re a tourist, and Travel Pass-Through Permit (TPP) if you’re just passing through Bohol. See instruction below on how to get the Bohol Travel Coordination Permit.

Though the following are not listed as requirements, it still helps to have them to avoid hassle and some LGU may required them.

 Confirmed hotel booking (DOT accredited hotel). BOOK HERE

 Roundtrip Airline ticket. SEARCH FLIGHT HERE

 Itinerary.  (See sample Bohol Itinerary below)

 


How to get the S-Pass Travel Coordination Permit for Bohol


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As of writing, when you search Bohol on S-Pass website, Bohol will show as RESTRICTED, meaning, a Travel Coordination Permit (TCP) is REQUIRED. Then, if you click the word BOHOL, all the municipality will show up, click View Details to check the requirements for each municipality. Typically, the negative RT-PCR Test taken not more than 72 hours before departure is required.

Before you can get the Bohol Travel Coordination Permit (TCP), first, you must register on S-Pass:

  • Go to s-pass.ph.  On your internet browser, type and go to s-pass.ph.
  • Create an account at s-pass.ph.  To register, scroll down and click on “Create an Account”.
  • Register using your mobile number. Type your mobile number and click NEXT.
  • Create your password and fill out the form. Fill in your personal details and click SUBMIT.
  • Review your information. Double check your information before completing the captcha and clicking CONFIRM.

 

Now, here’s how to get the Bohol Travel Coordination Permit (TCP):

  • After successfully creating an account at S-Pass website, search for Bohol, and check your LGU requirements and contact details (e.g. Panglao, Tagbilaran, etc). Click “View Details”:
  • Click on the pop-up message “Are You Traveling?”
  • Choose if you’re an APOR, returning resident, or if you’re coming from an ECQ/MECQ area, which is your current location. At this point you should see if you will be required to apply for a Travel Coordination Pass (TCP)
  • Click “Apply for Travel Coordination Permit (TCP)”
  • Fill out the TCP form. After completing the form, answer the Captcha and click PROCEED.
  • Upload the required documents such as the Negative RT-PCR Test taken within 72 hours before departure.

 

IMPORTANT:

*Please secure a photocopy/scanned copy of the requirements before applying for the Travel Coordination Permit on S-Pass.

*You need to submit your Travel Coordination Permit at least 2 days before your departure.

*The applications are processed on WEEKDAYS only from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

*Documents processed beyond office hours (8:00 AM -5:00 PM weekdays) will be processed the next day.

*Bohol’s province wide curfew hours is 10:00 PM to 4:00 AM.

*Please follow safety protocols, wear your face mask, and face shield, and don’t forget to practice social distancing.

 

 


BOHOL TOURISM CONTACT NUMBERS:

If you need updates or follow up the QR code or LGU acceptance letter, you may contact:

  • Panglao Tourism – 0906 254 0979/ 0995 889 7440 / 0946 609 6090/
  • Loboc Tourism – 0948 104 3423
  • Dauis Tourism – 0927 478 4876

 

Other Panglao, Bohol Contact Numbers:

  • Returning Residents (Panglao): 0915 493 7028/0948 192 9872
  • APOR (Panglao) – 0965 648 7849/ 0909 454 0902
  • Non-Apor (Panglao) – 0917 775 5157

 


OPEN BOHOL TOURIST SPOTS


bohol man-made forest

PANGLAO TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

If you want a private tour of Bohol, you can actually charter a car or van and be driven around Bohol for 4 or 8 hours. You can book through the link below.

BOHOL PRIVATE TOUR: RESERVE HERE

  •  Hinagdanan Cave
  •  Panglao Church and Watch Tower
  •  Bohol Bee Farm
  •  Dauis Church
  •  Shell Museum
  •  Virgin Island (Panglao Island Hopping)
  •  Dolphin Watching (Panglao Island Hopping)
  •  Balicasag Island (Panglao Island Hopping)
  •  Alona Beach
  •  Bohol Scuba Diving: BOOK HERE

 

The Bohol countryside tour is the usual tour package availed by first-time tourists in the province. It’s a cheap tour, typically shared, that takes visitors to the top tourist spots in Bohol, which typically includes attractions listed below. If you want to book a Bohol Countryside Tour, click the link below to reserve a spot.

BOHOL COUNTRYSIDE TOUR: RESERVE HERE

bohol chocolate hills

  •  Chocolate Hills Adventure Park: RESERVE HERE
  •  Zipline
  •  Loboc River Cruise. Open Hours: Every Saturday only. Departures at 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM
  •  Loboc River Stand Up Paddle Adventure: BOOK HERE
  •  Bilar Man-Made Forest
  •  Tarsier
  •  Baclayon Church
  •  Hanging Bridge
  •  Butterfly Sanctuary
  •  Sandugo Site
  •  Ship Haus

 

If you’re an avid biker or you want to explore Bohol with a little adventure, try the Bohol Bike Tour.

 


 

ANDA, BOHOL TOURIST SPOTS

  • Quinale Beach (Anda White Beach)
  • Talisay Beach
  • Cabagnow Cave Pool
  • Cateres Cave
  • Combento Cave Pool

 

 RELATED POST: ANDA BOHOL ITINERARY + TRAVEL GUIDE

 


Candijay, Bohol Tourist Spots

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  • Cadapdapan Rice Terraces
  • Can-umantad Falls
  • Candijay Mangrove Forest
  • Canawa Cold Spring

 

ALSO READ: CANDIJAY BOHOL TRAVEL ITINERARY

 


BOHOL SIDE TRIP 

If you have the luxury of time, you can take a side trip to Cebu from Bohol. You can do it DIY Style, or avail of a Cebu tour package.

CEBU DAY TRIP FROM BOHOL: RESERVE HERE

 

RELATED TRAVEL BLOG: CEBU TRAVEL GUIDE +  BUDGET ITINERARY

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 SAMPLE BOHOL ITINERARY

 

For first time tourists in the province, here’s a sample 4 day Bohol itinerary.  You can submit it as part of the Bohol travel requirements. But if you need a more detailed Bohol itinerary, read my Bohol travel blog (clickable link listed below and above).

 

DAY 1BOHOL COUNTRYSIDE TOUR
Chocolate Hills
Zipline
Bohol Man-made Forest
Hanging Bridge
Loboc River Cruise
Tarsier
Butterfly Garden
Baclayon Church
Ship Haus
DAY 2BOHOL ISLAND HOPPING
Dolphin Watching
Balicasag Island
Virgin Island and Sandbar
DAY 3PANGLAO TOUR
 Shell Museum
 Panglao Church
 Dauis Church
 Hinagdanan Cave
 Bohol Bee Farm
DAY 4DEPARTURE

 


RELATED TRAVEL BLOG: BOHOL BUDGET ITINERARY + TRAVEL GUIDE

 


HOW TO GET TO BOHOL


 

There’s no direct flight yet from outside the Philippines to Bohol, so your best bet is to fly to either Manila or Cebu then go to Bohol. If you’re coming from Manila, you can fly directly to Bohol.  Meanwhile, from Cebu, Bohol is just a short fast craft away.

 MANILA TO BOHOL

From Panglao International Airport, you have the following options to get to your hotel: private airport transfer by car, shared van, or public bus.  If you opt to take the minivan, you can also be transferred to your hotel in Alona Beach,


If you go by private airport transfer, you will be transferred directly to your hotel from the airport. This option is good if your hotel is in other parts of Panglao. Or if your hotel is in Alona Beach or other parts of Panglao, but you wanted privacy and safety.

  •   PANGLAO AIRPORT TO ALONA BEACH (ANY HOTEL) (SHARED): RESERVE HERE


This is a great option of you are staying in Alona Beach area and you wanted to save. The shared van will transfer you from Panglao Airport to your hotel in Alona Beach. But remember this is a shared van, so please wear your mask and face shield.

  •  PANGLAO AIPORT TO ALONA BEACH (POLICE STATION IN ALONA) BUS: RESERVE HERE

 


CEBU TO BOHOL BY FERRY BOAT/FAST CRAFT


If you’re coming from Cebu, you can take a fast craft from Cebu City to Bohol. There are 2 fast craft routes:

 

VESSELDEPARTUREARRIVAL
OceanjetCebu Pier 1 (Cebu City)Tagbilaran Port (Tagbilaran,Bohol)
OceanfastCebu Pier 1 (Cebu City)Tagbilaran Port (Tagbilaran,Bohol)
FastcatCebu City Per 3 (Cebu City)Tubigon Port (Tubigon, Bohol)

 

Best to book your ticket in advance to secure a seat and avoid hassle in lining up just to buy a ticket. You can check the boat schedule and book in advance through the link below. You can book up to 7 days or less in advance.

 

But since you will arrive in Tagbilaran or Tubigon, you still have to travel for about 1 hour to get to Panglao.

 


WHERE TO STAY IN BOHOL


henann beach resort bohol

PANGLAO RESORTS AND HOTELS

For most of the year, Bohol hotels and resorts are priced accordingly. If you’re wondering where to stay in Bohol during your trip, Panglao is an ideal base due to its proximity to Panglao International Airport and many top tourist attractions in Bohol. If you decide to stay in Panglao, I have 3 recommendations, find accommodations within or near: Alona Beach, Dumaluan Beach, and Panglao Center.

Alona Beach is a convenient base because almost everything you need is here – restaurants, accommodations, tours, water sports, nightlife, etc. Meanwhile, Dumaluan Beach area is a quiet alternative to Alona Beach, if you want a more peaceful location, this area is not as crowded and noisy, with a pretty nice beach. However, the downside is, there’s not much dining options in Dumaluan Beach, you still have to go to Alona Beach area or Panglao center for restaurants. Panglao center near Alona Beach is also a good base, no beach but most accommodations have lower rates compared to Alona Beach. Besides, you still can access the famed beach in a short distance if you stay here.

Here’s some of the top accommodations in Panglao area according to previous guests, they’re ideal for family, couples, or group of friends. Remember to check the location before booking.

RELATED TRAVEL BLOG: HENNAN RESORT REVIEW

 

 

 

 

 

 


BUDGET HOTELS IN BOHOL


If you’re a solo traveler or a party of two and you’re on a budget, I’ve listed down some of the top-rated hostels, guest house and hotels in Bohol below.  See location.

 

 

 

 

 

 


By the way, if you need a reliable wi-fi during your stay in Bohol, you can rent a pocket Wi-Fi through the link below.

BOHOL POCKET WI-FI:  RENT HERE

 

DISCLAIMER:

  •  Those who choose to travel are strongly advised to check the local government’s restrictions and health protocols regarding Covid-19 and take health conditions into consideration before traveling.
  •  Information provided above may change without prior notice. Please double check with the respective LGU of Bohol.
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