Safe Tips for Safe Trips 1: How to plan your trip
Read up on your destination’s safety protocols and requirements
As some tourist sites are only open to local residents for now, it’s important to check the local government guidelines, safety protocols and requirements before driving up to your destination. To make it easier for travelers, the DOT provided a list of tourist attractions that are open, per region, and their corresponding standard requirements.
Book online DOT-accredited hotels and resorts that are issued with a Certificate of Authority to Operate
The Department of Tourism has issued a Certificate of Authority to Operate to specific hotels and resorts. These certified establishments have successfully complied with the minimum standards for business operations during the community quarantine. This measure of certification is to ensure the comfort, convenience and safety of tourists while travelling.
Prepare all your documents and ID
Some destination’s protocols vary from one another, that’s why it’s important to always have your valid documents with you:
● a government-issued ID
● identification of your place of residence
● certificate of employment
● other necessary documents depending on the nature of your trip.
Instead of printing out these documents, your smartphone can provide a digital copy of these requirements for easier access and more convenient verification.
Safe Tips for Safe Trips 2: Check your destination
Do a contactless check-in at your DOT-accredited hotel.
DOT-accredited hotels are implementing contactless check-in to reduce physical contact. Through this, it would be easier to conduct the mandatory screening to identify guest’s travel history from two weeks prior to their arrival. The contactless check-in aims to limit interaction in filling out health declaration forms, guest sheets and payment transactions.
Dine and shop at places that strictly follow safety protocols.
The standard safety protocol in all establishments are:
● completion of a health declaration form
● checking of body temperature
● observance of physical distancing
● wearing of face masks and face shields
● practice of proper handwashing and hand sanitizing
● provision of safety protocols guides to guarantee compliance
Always opt for contactless payments for transactions.
Establishments are required to provide cashless payment options to limit physical contact and interaction. This can be done through third-party online payment applications available in smartphones, tablets and other devices.