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Last updated: 18 MARCH 2022

Baguio City is now under ALERT LEVEL 1! Great news for tourists planning a trip to the City of Pines because this means easing of restrictions and fewer requirements for the traveling public.

Baguio is actually among the first big cities to reopen to tourists with an organized, digital scheduling process, in an effort to accommodate visitors and revive the tourism in the city. Over the past two years, the list of requirements have changed — especially the inclusion of a negative test result, which comes and goes — depending on the local conditions and number of cases.

But some requirements are constant. For example, visitors are required to sign up for a Baguio VISITA account, schedule their visit, and follow the health protocols during their stay.

Tourists in Baguio
Me (Yosh) at Mirador Hill and my teammate Asta at Igorot Stone Kingdom

If you’re considering a trip to Baguio soon, we’ll share with you the requirements you need to present and steps you need to take in this article, including some insights that we gathered based on our own personal experience. We also have a video version of this post below:

Who can visit Baguio?

For leisure travel or tourism purposes, only the following visitors are allowed to enter Baguio City:

  • All travelers from Areas under ALERT LEVEL 1 and 2. Requirements differ for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. (See details below.)
  • Travelers from Areas under ALERT LEVEL 3 must be FULLY VACCINATED. You’re considered fully-vaccinated 2 weeks or 14 days after receiving your second shot for 2-dose vaccines (only shot for one-dose vaccines).

Travelers 17 years old or below are NOT required to present proof of vaccination or testing as long as accompanied by vaccinated or tested adult.


Who are NOT ALLOWED to Enter Baguio?

The following are NOT allowed to enter Baguio City for now.

Baguio Alert Level 3 4 5 Restrictions

  • Travelers from ALERT LEVEL 4 and ALERT LEVEL 5 areas. The community quarantine status of your origin may change so ask the LGU for the latest update. These restrictions may also change in the future.
  • Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers from ALERT LEVEL 3. For Alert Level 3, only fully vaccinated travelers are allowed. If you only got one shot of a two-dose vaccine, you are considered “partially vaccinated.”

List of BAGUIO TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS

Here are the requirements for FULLY VACCINATED tourists coming from ALERT LEVEL 1, 2 and 3, including the documents you need to get a QR-coded Tourist Pass:

  1. Approved Baguio Visita QR-coded Tourist Pass (QTP) and confirmed schedule. You may need a valid ID and a recent photo to complete this. You’ll find a step-by-step guide on how to get a QTP below.
  2. Valid ID. Government-issued.
  3. Vaccination Certificate or Card. Here’s how to get a VaxCertPH. But LGU-issued vaccination cards are accepted, too.
  4. Proof of accommodation. If you’re paying for your accommodation, book an establishment that is listed on Baguio VISITA. You can also find below a list of accredited hotels in Baguio.
  5. Triage upon arrival. There is a central triage area, but some hotels and bus terminals have their own. More info below.

For UNVACCINATED OR PARTIALLY VACCINATED tourists from areas under Alert Level 1 and 2, any of the following can be submitted in lieu of a vaccination certificate:

  • Negative Test Result. This may be an RT PCR test done within 72 hours prior to arrival in Baguio. See list of accredited and licensed testing laboratories below or here!
  • Medical Certificate stating that the traveler is not eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine, issued by the Local Health Officer.

Here’s an infographic by the Baguio LGU that summarizes the requirements:

Baguio Requirements for Unvaccinated Travelers

Here are other important notes to keep in mind.

  • Schedule your visit at least one (1) day before your trip.
  • Only a limited number of travelers per day will be allowed entry so make sure you schedule your visit beforehand.
  • No QTP, no entry! QTP refers to the QR-coded Tourist Pass, which will be issued to you when you register or schedule your visit. No walk-ins or on-the-spot registration. Travel only once you have a QTP.

What to Do Before Visiting Baguio

Here are the steps you need to take before your trip.

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:

Baguio Visits Website Homepage

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.

Baguio Visita Schedule Trip Page

  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 a copy of your VACCINATION CARD/CERTIFICATE (if fully vaccinated) or NEGATIVE TEST RESULT (if not fully vaccinated). Once you have uploaded the documents, click CONFIRM. Although your registration can still be processed even if you skip this step, it’s highly recommended that you upload a copy. Either way, you must bring your vaccination card or test result when you travel as it will be checked at Triage on arrival day.
  6. Finalize your application. After completing the Health Declaration Form, your application will be reviewed, which can take up to 24 hours.
  7. Contact the accommodation establishment you booked. Let them know that you have already scheduled a visit at the Baguio Visita website and that you’re waiting for their approval. Send them your name and all your companions’ full names. It should take up to 24 hours.
  8. Check your email or log in to the Baguio Visita website. When your application is approved, you should receive an email confirmation with a link to a QR Coded Tourist Pass (QTP). You can also check the status on the VISITA dashboard.
  9. 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:

Baguio QTP Sample


3. Upon arrival, proceed to TRIAGE.

All tourists must undergo triage when they arrive in Baguio City. There are central triage areas but some hotels and bus terminals have their own.

Triage at Newtown Hotel

  • For yellow QTP, the triage area is at Central Triage
  • For blue QT, you may proceed to your hotel or bus terminal for triage

Visitors who are showing symptoms, regardless of the test result or their vaccination status, will be tested, isolated, and referred to health officials for next steps.


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

  • Wear a face mask 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 / minors allowed to visit?

Yes, if they’re coming from areas under Alert Levels 1 & 2. Minors are not required to present proof of vaccination or testing as long as they are accompanied by vaccinated or tested adult.

For those coming from areas under Alert Level 3, vaccinated minors are allowed. We’re still trying to determine if unvaccinated minors from Alert Level 3 are OK. Will update this part soon.

We’re traveling as a group. Does everyone need a QTP? Can we register as a group?

Family at the Mansion Wright Park

Every single traveler needs to have their own QTP. But the good news is, you can now register as a group. This is a newly implemented feature of the Baguio Visita website.

To do this, one member of the group needs to create a Baguio Visita account and schedule a visit. Then follow these steps:

  1. On the dashboard, go to MY TRAVELS tab.
  2. Choose the trip you wish to add companions to and then tap the 3 dots next to it.
  3. Choose ADD COMPANION on the prompt that would pop up. You will be directed to the MY COMPANIONS page.
  4. Add a vehicle or add a companion for each vehicle. Then input the details for the vehicle or each
    companion accordingly.

Note that your companions should be staying at the same place on the same travel dates.

  • If you’re staying at a hotel/accommodation establishment, you can add up to 9 companions and up to 2 vehicles.
  • If you don’t have an accommodation booking, you can add up to 4 companions on one vehicle.

Once approved, each member of the group will get their own unique QTP.

I still have not received a QTP. It’s been days but my schedule is still not approved. What can I do?

Contact the accommodation establishment that you booked. It is usually the accommodation management that approves QTP applications. Let them know that you have already completed the Baguio Visita registration and scheduling process and that you’re just waiting for their approval on their end. Don’t forget to send the names of all your companions.

This happened to us. We were waiting a long time so we reached out to the hotel. They also could not approve my companions’ applications because they didn’t have their names. But once I sent them the names, they were promptly approved.

There were some other quirks, too. On another instance, the hotel management asked us to practically re-do the application because the Triage site assigned to us was at another hotel. We wouldn’t have known this if we didn’t contact them directly.

If you’re not booked with a hotel, contact Baguio Visita through the following:

  • (074) 446 2009 (7am – 11pm)
  • 0956 572 9097 (7am – 3pm)
  • 0956 572 9093 (3pm -11pm)
  • 0956 572 9094 (11pm – 7am)

I’ll be staying at 2 different hotels within one trip. How do I choose two hotels on Baguio Visita?

You can’t choose two accommodation establishments on just one application. If you’re moving to another hotel in the middle of your trip, you need to schedule two separate Baguio Visita trips.

This is also based on personal experience. Due to room availability issues, we had to book two hotels. We were asked to create two separate schedules on the Baguio Visita website, received two QTPs, and underwent triage twice.

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 all 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!

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.

What are the accredited COVID-19 testing centers?

There are dozens of licensed COVID-19 testing laboratories around the Philippines. But here are a few that you may book online via Klook.

SEE FULL LIST OF ACCREDITED TESTING CENTERS IN THE PHILIPPINES!

Are leisure tours allowed in Baguio?

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


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.
  • 2021 July 5 – Vaccine card/certificate is now accepted for fully-vaccinated travelers.
  • 2021 October 26 – Baguio reopens to leisure travelers. Only fully-vaccinated adults and minors aged 12-17 with negative antigen or RT-PCR test are allowed. More details above.
  • 2022 January 10 – Leisure travelers coming from areas under Alert Level 3 (including Metro Manila), even those who had been fully vaccinated, are required to present a negative test result.
  • 2022 February 21 – Fully-vaccinated leisure travelers coming from areas under Alert Levels 1 & 2 may visit Baguio again without swab test. Those coming from Alert Level 3 are required to present a negative test result.
  • 2022 March 18 – Applied Alert Level 1 changes. Added ADD COMPANION steps to Baguio Visita process.

*additional words by Mariah Cruz


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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?

Ruth

Yes.

Maricris Gonzales

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

Ruth

Baguio is now accepting tourists with kids.

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?

Ruth

Unfortunately, yes. They want to make sure everyone going to Baguio is registered. If there are minors create an account for them just encode your mobile and telephone number.

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.

Ruth

Hindi naman masyado. We are a big family. Marami lang kelangan fill-up na somehow talagang medyo hassle sa gusto mag-travel. Kaso ganon talaga and sitwasyon ngayon. Kaya extra payment din sa test. So expect na lang na dadagdag lang ng extra sa antigen test. So far, mas konti nakasakay sa Bus since hindi allowed punuin, so mas ok din. Don lang medyo tumatagal sa pagfill-up sa Visita Baguio Site kasi kelangan i-register lahat ng pupunta including minors, pero so far, ok naman. We’ve done booking accomm, registering sa site and buying ticket online sa Bus. To buy online via Victory you must do it least 48 hours before your scheduled departure. Antigen test is available at the Bus Station din naman. Just make sure to arrive 2 hours before your scheduled trip. You get the result in 30 minutes. Pagbalik, after your Baguio trip di na kailangan ng test.

Danilo Royol

Less hassle pa sa Tagaytay, walang masyado kailan, madali pa sumakay ng bus sa PITX. Forget Baguio!!!

Ruth

We tried considering Tagaytay but the place is ridiculously overpriced considering its pandemic. We are also a big family, Baguio for us is way better. We get more value for our money. The accommodations are better and bigger. We also have many places to visit and more accommodations to choose from.

carol

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

Ruth

Just the QR code. If you haven’t uploaded your antigen test, you can bring a copy of it and present it once you arrive in Baguio.

carol

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

Ruth

Yes, you need to create an account for the minors. Create an account for them and just encode your phone number. Make sure to book from an LGU registered hotel/accommodation. Upload valid ID’s. Fill up everything including the health declaration. There is an option to get an antigen test once you arrive in Baguio or before leaving Manila 72 hours prior to your departure. if you are traveling by bus, they offer it (Victory and Genesis). You must arrive 2 hours at the Bus Station before your scheduled trip. You can always edit your file from the Baguio Visita site so make sure to do all of this ahead of time. You will get a QR code once your registration is accepted. Hope this helps.

Marjune Brena Garcia

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

Ruth

Yes. You need to create an account for the minor. Just encode your phone numbers. Anyone who will join you must be registered. Hope this helps.

Maryjane

Pwede po ba magpa schedule or mgregister dito sa visita.bguio mga 2 or 3 days before the travel date.Thank you?

Tel

Hello po,

paano po kapag may kasamang kids? Kailangan pa ba sila mag Rt-PCR test?

rommel

Ano po requirement for children below 18 years old? Do they need a rt-pcr test result or not?

Andrea T. Cortez

if you are fully vaccinated..do i need to undergo antigen PCR test?

Jhong Cabungcal

i will travel for buss. I am from ucpb and will visit our branch and bank properties we are fully vaccine na. overnight only. what is the requirement

HAROLD

Hi, my cousin would like to visit me here in Upper Rock Quarry, Baguio City for a week maybe, he is fully vaccinated and is from manila. Is it possible for him to stay here for a week? And is Fully Vaccination card and Visita baguio qr code enough? He is having axiety attack and depression thats why he wanted to stay with me for a bit.. Thank you

Ariel Bautista

Paano yan may condo kmi sa mine view sa europa.. kailangan pa nmin mag booking

Jocelyn

Tanong ko lng po,taga ifugao po aq pro fully ang bus papantang banaue,kaya gusto ko po sanang dumaan ng baguio.aq kailangan ko pa po bang magpabook ng hotel?

Ann

Hello, is it required to have an accredited travel agency when scheduling the visit to Baguio (like in La Union) or this is optional?

dick manuel

good day po, pg hindi po leisure ang pakay s baguio parehàs din po ng requirments? hindi po mg stay jaan bale bababa din po the same day.ty po

Dency milana

I and my kids were having a medical exam appointment on 2nd wk of feb. At NHSibag…my query is,are we still going to have rt pcr?we are fr launion..

Aiden Agayo

Hello po san po pwede mag inquire ng leisure travel sa Benguet, yung pang stay in for years para tulungan ko yung kamag anak ko sa probinsya?
Sana mapansin..

Vaneza

Pwede mag ask po ano requirements sa walng vaccine if gusto mag visit sa baguio po
Slmat

Beryl

Paano po ang transportation details? Pwede bang mag enter ng information tapos in the last minute palitan din? Di kasi namin sure kung what transportation (private car) ang gagamitin. Pwede po ba yun?

PHEBIE GAY LACSON DEGONES

Hi need ba iregister yung 3 yrs old ko for the dashboard qtp?

LMS

Thank you. This is very informative and helpful.

joselito alipio

pwd po ba ang 1 day tour

Gisela V. Enriquez

If we are travelling as a group, do all of us have to register and have an account?

Alee

Hi, pag nawala vaccination card.. pde ba upon arrival sa triage na lang ung pag antigen? And how much?

Chi-Chi M.

Hi! We are planning to go to Baguio next week. We already registered in Visita Baguio. Question po is, we will be bringing our 10 year old. Do i need to register her too? Since no option naman ng partially vaccinated palang or minor. Thanks po.

Cacay Robles

We are From saudi arbia then from naia We will go to Baguio directly. What are the requirements that we need to do?

Rodolfo F Fernandez

Bakit po hindi accredited ang Gladiola Center ng Benguet State University?

Tricia Cuevas

This is the most comprehensive guide to Baguio Visita! They should hire you so they can place all these directions in their site. Thank you so much for all the effort!

ella villacantos

Hello, I’d like to ask you a question regarding a vaccinations. What if we don’t have access to a booster? That’s the only problem we have; four of us have been vaccinated, and my father have a booster, but we don’t. What am I supposed to do?

ella villacantos

thank you very much

Annie

If you don’t have any valid Id you can enter Baguio

Eve

Hi. Is QTP still needed in Baguio this May 2022? And do they still check it when you visit tourist spots?

Paolo Diomampo

What if I initially indicated Victory Liner for the mode of transportation in the Baguio Visita site, but then we needed to change it to Joybus. Is this okay?

Joenenamae Alfonso

Is pet allowed po in baguio?