A part of Christmas tradition for us Filipinos is going back home to spend time with our family. It’s the time of the year where a lot of people travel to their provinces for the holidays causing bus stations to be packed, and lines for every other public transportation are long. Because of the pandemic, it is best to prepare for your trip in advance especially because protocols and requirements for travel these days are very different from what they used to be.

Among the transportation options, especially for those who prefer a cheaper way to go to the provinces in Visayas and Mindanao are ferries. 2Go Travel is one of the biggest sea travel provider in the Philippines. They currently have more than a dozen operational routes plying from Manila or Batangas to different provinces and vice versa.

If you are planning to go back to your province for the holiday season, here are 2Go’s operational routes for December 2020 and the protocols they currently implement for passengers.

Travel Requirements to Secure Before Your Trip

1. Prepare your travel requirements.

Travel requirements vary depending on your point of origin and destination. You may check the requirements list provided by 2Go Travel here.

You may also check with the local government of your origin and destination if there have been changes for the travel requirements.

2. Download the Traze App.

All passengers are required to download and register on the Traze App, the application for contact tracing that is used by scanning a QR Code. For more details about how to use the Traze App, you may check our post.

READ: HOW TO USE TRAZE APP!


Ferry / Ship Boarding Protocol

  1. Get your body temperature checked. Upon entry, all passengers are subject to a body temperature check. Passengers with a temperature higher than 37.5 °C may be refused entry.
  2. Fill out the Health Declaration Form. A health declaration form will be given to all passengers. Fill out all information completely and honestly.
  3. Board the ferry in an orderly manner. 2Go Travel will be boarding passengers by batch. There will be 20 passengers per batch. Long waiting time at the boarding gate is also discouraged. Port buses will be on standby to take you to the ship immediately.
  4. Scan boarding pass. For a faster check-in process, your boarding pass will be scanned by a 2Go personnel.
  5. Use foot bath. Before boarding the vessel, use the provided foot bath to disinfect your shoes. There will also be a thermal scanner to check your body temperature.

Rules & Guidelines Onboard the Ship / Ferry

  • Wear a face mask. All passengers are required to wear a face mask at all times during the boarding process and onboard the ship.
  • Always sanitize. Hand sanitizers are available on board, but it is still best to bring your own alcohol or alcohol-based sanitizers with you.
  • Observe proper physical distancing. Use the floor marks as a guide for the 1.5 meter distance that is advised.
  • Listen to announcements for disembarkation. There will be PA announcements for disembarkation process. Disembarkation will be per accommodation and per batch.
  • Room occupancy is at 50% maximum capacity.
  • Only 3 people at a time are allowed to enter Quik Mart and public bathrooms.
  • In the dining area, only 1 person per table is allowed. Food will be served in sealed packaging.
  • All areas are professionally sanitized regularly.

2GO Ferry Schedule

  • Batangas to Caticlan
    Caticlan to Batangas
    7 times a week
  • Batangas to Roxas
    Roxas City to Batangas
    3 times a week
  • Manila to Bacolod
    Bacolod to Manila
    3 times a week
  • Manila to Butuan
    Butuan to Manila
    Once a week
  • Manila to Cagayan de Oro
    Cagayan de Oro to Manila
    4 times a week
  • Manila to Cebu
    Cebu to Manila
    5 times a week
  • Manila to Coron
    Coron to Manila
    Once a week
  • Manila to Dumaguete
    Dumaguete to Manila
    2 times a week
  • Manila to Iligan
    Iligan to Manila
    Once a week
  • Manila to Iloilo
    Iloilo to Manila
    3 times a week
  • Manila to Ozamis
    Ozamis to Manila
    Once a week
  • Manila to Puerta Princesa
    Puerto Princesa to Manila
    Once a week
  • Manila to Zamboanga
    Zamboanga to Manila
    2 times a week

How to Book 2Go Tickets

If you want to book tickets, there are three options.

  • Go to 2Go’s website travel.2go.com.ph.
  • Call their hotline 02-8528-7000.
  • Visit any 2Go outlet near you. You can find the list of branches here.


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