In an effort to slowly revive tourism, Baguio City has opened its gates to tourists from Luzon. 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 safety precaution, strict 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 weeks later, it was announced that the city will be open to all tourists from any part of Luzon.

Visitors are required to sign up for a Baguio VISITA account, schedule their visit, undergo COVID-19 test verification, 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 500 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.
  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 for P1300. 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 at Baguio City for health and COVID-19 test verification. 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 test or Rapid Antigen test result, this will be verified at the triage along with your health declaration. The confirmation and validation done by the medical staff will take 3 to 5 minutes.

If you opted to get a COVID-19 test upon arrival, you would need to provide a copy of your testing form. A rapid antigen test is available at the Central Triage for Php 1,300. The test can take up to 10 minutes and results will be available after 15 to 30 minutes.

CENTRAL TRIAGE LOCATIONS:

  • CAP John Hay – For tourists arriving from 8:00am to 5:00pm
  • Baguio Convention Center – For tourists arriving beyond 8am to 5pm. Open 24 hours.
Image courtesy of the city government of Baguio

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 minors required to undergo swab test?

Testing is not mandatory for tourists below 18 years old at the triage unless they have symptoms. Otherwise, parents or guardians can decide if the minor will undergo a COVID-19 test.

Are there available public transportation options to Baguio?

Provincial public transports to Baguio are not yet available. You may use a private vehicle or arrange a tour transport with an accredited travel agent.

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.


Published: 19 Nov 2020



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