Local tourists who tamper with documents, including swab test results, may be imprisoned for up to six months, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat warned.
Puyat issued the warning after a Quezon City resident, who tested positive for COVID-19, was able to enter Coron in Palawan on March 9, using a fake swab test result.
She said, “The Department of Tourism is saddened by yet another case of falsification of travel documents.”
She added that the QC Surveillance Team informed the local government of Coron the following day that the 24-year-old male tourist was confirmed positive for COVID.
The Coron Emergency Operations Center reported “all first generation contacts” of the tourist underwent the RT-PCR test and were found to be negative of the virus – the same result after all secondary contacts were also tested.
DOT Region 4B has recommended the imposition of the appropriate penalty on the errant tourist.