UPDATE! As of 19 MARCH 2021, a negative COVID-19 test result is REQUIRED again when entering Baguio! Read on for more information about Baguio tourist requirements and protocols!

In an effort to slowly revive tourism, Baguio City has opened its gates to tourists. Travelers of all ages as long as they have no underlying health conditions, COVID-19 symptoms or exposure, and not pregnant are allowed. However, as precaution, safety protocols are still implemented.

Initially, the City of Pines welcomed leisure travelers from the Ilocos Region only, as part of the ridge to reef campaign which created a tourism bubble within Region 1 and Baguio. But now, it was announced that the city has been opened to all tourists from any part of the Philippines.

Leisure travelers are required to sign up for a Baguio VISITA account, schedule their visit, and follow the health protocols during their stay. If you’re considering a trip to Baguio soon, here are the requirements and other things you should know.

1. Create a BAGUIO VISITA account.

To do this, go to the official website of BAGUIO VISITA at visita.baguio.gov.ph.

Baguio VISITA is a new arm created by the local government, in collaboration with the Department of Tourism and the Tourism Promotions Board, to facilitate tourist processes in the city. VISITA stands for VISitor Information and Travel Assistance.

The website looks like this:

To sign up for an account, follow these steps:

  1. Accomplish the sign-up form. Enter your personal info (name, nationality, birth date, etc.), current address, and contact details.
  2. Upload a valid ID and current photo for identification. Most government IDs like passport, SSS/UMID, driver’s license, senior citizen ID, and voter’s ID are accepted.
  3. Read the Data Privacy and Consent Agreement. Click Confirm if you accept the terms.
  4. Check your email inbox. A verification link will be sent to your email address. Click on that and you’ll be redirected back to the VISITA website.
  5. Login again to finalize verification process.

That’s it! You now have a BAGUIO VISITA account.


2. Schedule a visit.

Scheduling your visit is required because visitors are limited to only 750 people per day.

To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your account. You will be greeted with an illustrated menu.
  2. Click on SCHEDULE A VISIT. You will be presented a form.
  3. Complete the scheduling form. You will be asked to provide details about your trip including your point of origin, purpose of travel, mode of transportation, your travel dates, your travel agency, your hotel or contact person in Baguio.
  4. Accomplish the HEALTH DECLARATION FORM. You will be asked questions about your current health (whether you’re experiencing symptoms), exposure history, and other clinical information. Click SUBMIT!
  5. Upload hotel booking confirmation, detailed itinerary, and COVID-19 test results (if any). The COVID-19 test must have been done 72 hours prior to your arrival schedule. If you haven’t taken a COVID-19 test yet, you may opt to take it upon arrival. Once you have uploaded the documents, click CONFIRM.
  6. Check your email. After completing the Health Declaration Form, your application will be reviewed, which can take up to 24 hours. Once done, you should receive an email confirmation with a link to a QR Coded Tourist Pass (QTP).
  7. Download your QR Coded Tourist Pass (QTP). This code is unique to you and it contains your name, photo, and travel dates in Baguio. You must print it or save on your device.

The QTP is essential. You have to keep a copy with you at all times when in Baguio because you will need to scan it at certain checkpoints including the triage area, hotel reception, and key attractions around the city.

The QTP looks like this:


3. Upon arrival, proceed to TRIAGE.

All tourists must undergo triage when they arrive in Baguio City.

CENTRAL TRIAGE LOCATION:

  • Baguio Convention Center

You must bring either:

  • a hard copy of your COVID-19 test result taken 72 hours prior to arrival, OR
  • a testing form if you opted to get a COVID-19 test upon arrival.

If you already have a RT-PCR / Rapid Antigen / Saliva test result, this will be verified at the triage along with your health declaration.

If you opted to get a COVID-19 test upon arrival, you would need to provide a copy of your testing form. Antigen test costs P500 for non-residents or tourists. Saliva test is NOT available at the Central Triage. The test can take up to 10 minutes and results will be available after 15 to 30 minutes.


4. Follow all health and safety rules within the city.

  • Wear a face mask and a face shield at all times.
  • Observe physical distance of one meter.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands whenever possible.
  • Try to avoid crowded places as much as you can.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs):

Are children / senior citizens allowed to visit?

Yes, as long as they have no health conditions, not pregnant, and no symptoms of COVID-19.

Are there available public transportation options to Baguio?

Yes, visit this page for your options: BAGUIO BUS SCHEDULE!

Within the city, taxis and jeepneys are operational.

Where can we stay in Baguio?

It is highly recommended to book an accommodation with a Certificate of Authority to Operate (CAO) from the Department of Tourism. Here are just a few of many options:

For more options, check out this post: LIST OF DOT-ACCREDITED HOTELS IN BAGUIO!

If you know a local, you may also stay with a relative or a friend as long as the area is not on hard lockdown. However, staying in a stranger’s residence for a fee is NOT ALLOWED and is punishable by law. If you’re paying for lodging, make sure you book an authorized hotel or inn.

Are leisure tours allowed in Baguio?

All types of tours including DIY or same-day tours are already allowed.

However, if you want to visit attractions in Baguio, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba, and Tublay (BLISTT) it must be coordinated with the local government. For your convenience, you may arrange a tour in these areas with accredited tour and travel agents.


UPDATES LOG:

  • 2020 November 19 – Originally published
  • 2021 March 2 – Removed swab test as requirement. Added public transportation options. Expanded scope to all tourists from PH.
  • 2021 March 19 – Negative RT-PCR/Antigen/Saliva test requirement is reinstated.


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MJ

Where can I download the covid rapid antigen testing form

Nikita Kaye

Im a resident in baguio city locked down here in manila… what requirements do i need?

Emilia Dumanglig

I am a resident in Baguio city, locally stranded ako sa manila..what requirements do i need?

Engr Danilo Q. Ganal

If I have a companion, does he or she needs also to register or have an account to register

Jonas Robica

hi blogger…

may ask ako…. balak namin mag tour sa baguio this 1st week of March, and may dala akming PUSA naka bag naman ito… hmm.. allowed ba ito sa BUS?

Jonas Robica

one more….

OFW ako mag SWAB TEST na ako sa AIRPORT, need ko pa ba mag test ulit before departure? please lemmeknow… thanks much!

Lovely Chavez

hi po ask ko lang po,per head po ba ang pag register?

Maricris Gonzales

Are you accepting tourist travelers with kids po? With parents nmn po

Ricky Laminero

We will go to Bagiou for a meeting. We will be there for just 4 hours. Do we need to fill up all the requiremwnts needed?

Zera

Hi. Should the people coming with me in my visit should also make their own accounts? Meaning if 20 people would tag along, 20accounts in the visita.baguio…. Should be made too?

Juan de la cruz

Huwag muna kayo magpunta sa baguio. Madami pa rin requirement na kailangang para makapunta ka. Which is hassle lalo na kapag kasama mo pa pamilya mo. S ibang lugar nalang.

carol

anong requirements ang hinanap? may hahanapin parin kahit nakaregister na sa BAGUUIO VISITA?

carol

is there a need to create an account for minors? Thanks

Marjune Brena Garcia

I am travelling with my partner and 3 months old daughter.. should we need to create account on every member?