After the COVID-19 pandemic brought the world to a standstill, Baguio City has reopened its doors to tourists. For now, only visitors from Luzon are allowed. But hold your horses! While the city is slowly reviving its tourism industry, there are still strict regulations in place.

As of this writing, the City of Pines is accepting only 500 visitors per day. Hence, prior to their trip, travelers entering city must schedule their visit online beforehand. In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll share with you how to do just that!

What You Need to Create a Baguio VISITA Account

The first step in scheduling a visit to Baguio City is to register for an account with Baguio VISITA, a new tourism assistance project by the city government, in partnership with the Department of Tourism and the Tourism Promotions Board. VISITA stands for VISitor Information and Travel Assistance.

But before you sign up for an account, have a digital copy of the following documents ready:

  1. A valid ID. Most government IDs like passport, SSS/UMID, driver’s license, and voters ID are accepted.
  2. A recent photo. This will be used on your QR Tourist Pass (QTP). I’ll explain what QTP is later.
  3. COVID-19 test result, done 72 hours prior to your arrival schedule. You may choose to skip this and just take the test upon arrival in Baguio, which costs P1300.

IF YOU’RE STAYING AT A HOTEL:

  1. Hotel reservation (booking confirmation). The hotel must be registered with and authorized by the Department of Tourism and the local government.
  2. Detailed itinerary of your trip.

IF YOU’RE STAYING WITH A FRIEND OR RELATIVE LIVING IN BAGUIO:

You need to provide the following information:

  1. Your contact person’s name
  2. Your contact’s complete address in Baguio
  3. Your contact’s mobile number

How to Register for a Baguio VISITA Account

1. Visit the BAGUIO VISITA website.

The official website of BAGUIO VISITA is at visita.baguio.gov.ph.

Scroll down and you’ll find a CREATE AN ACCOUNT button. Click on it.


2. Fill out the registration form.

To get started, you need to enter the following details:


3. Complete your account details.

Enter the following personal information:

  • Name
  • Nationality / citizenship
  • Birth date
  • Current address
  • Contact details

4. Upload a valid ID and current photo.

Most government IDs like passport, SSS/UMID, driver’s license, senior citizen ID, and voter’s ID are accepted.

The photo has to be recently taken. It will be used for the travel pass. More on that later.

Once done, click on PROCEED.


5. Accept the Terms and review information.

On the next page, you will be presented with the Data Privacy and Consent Agreement. Read it carefully. If everything looks good, click CONFIRM to accept the terms.

Then, review all the information you have previously entered. Nothing wrong? Click CONFIRM.


6. Check your email.

A verification link will be sent to your email address. Click on that and you’ll be redirected back to the VISITA website.

Login again to finalize verification process.

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


How to Schedule a Trip

1. Log in to your Baguio VISITA account.

Visit visita.baguio.gov.ph and click on the SCHEDULE A VISIT button or link.

You will be asked to log in.


2. Click on ‘SCHEDULE A VISIT’.

Once through, you will be greeted with an illustrated menu that looks like this:

Click on SCHEDULE A VISIT.


3. Complete the scheduling form.

Tick SCHEDULE A NEW TRAVEL. Then click PROCEED.

On the next page, enter your point of origin and mode of transportation. If you’re entering Baguio on a private vehicle, prepare the following information:

  • Vehicle model
  • Vehicle color
  • Plate number

Click PROCEED. Then, choose the purpose of travel that applies to your trip.


4. Submit the details of your accommodation.

If you’re staying at a hotel

Find the hotel that you booked using the SEARCH BAR. If you can’t find your hotel, check if you have misspelled it. If not, then your hotel is probably not DOT-authorized, which means they are not allowed to operate and you can’t stay there.

For a list of Baguio hotels that have certificate of authorization to operate, check out this post: LIST OF DOT-ACCREDITED HOTELS IN BAGUIO!

If staying with a friend or relative in Baguio

You need to provide the following information:

  1. Your contact person’s name
  2. Your contact’s complete address in Baguio
  3. Your contact’s mobile number

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.

If you’re on a day trip

Choose NOT STAYING OVERNIGHT on the list of options and follow the next steps.


5. 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.


6. Upload hotel booking confirmation, itinerary and COVID-19 test results.

  1. Hotel reservation (booking confirmation). The hotel must be registered with and authorized by the Department of Tourism and the local government.
  2. Detailed itinerary of your trip.
  3. COVID-19 test result, done 72 hours prior to your arrival schedule. You may choose to skip this and just take the test upon arrival in Baguio, which costs P1300.

Once you have uploaded the documents, click CONFIRM.


7. Check your email.

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).

Download your QTP. You must either print it or save on your device.

The QTP looks like this:

The QTP is extremely important! Its code is unique to you and it contains your name, photo, and travel dates. When in Baguio, make sure you have it with you all the time. You will need to scan it at certain checkpoints including the triage area, hotel reception, and key attractions around the city.

That’s it! Once you have a QTP, you’re already registered and permitted to visit the city on the designated dates.


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.

What’s the protocol upon arrival in Baguio?

All tourists must undergo triage upon arrival in 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.

Where are the TRIAGE stations located in Baguio?

  • 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

Published: 20 Nov 2020
Additional words by: Mariah Cruz



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