Public transportation to and from Baguio City has resumed operations after months of suspension due to the COVID-19 threat. One of the bus companies that have been allowed to operate is Victory Liner, whose Manila-to-Baguio and Baguio-to-Manila services have been very popular even before the pandemic.

Recently, Victory Liner published on their Facebook page its new bus schedules to and from Baguio. The company also announced that they strictly implement the “No complete documents, no boarding” policy.

Travel restrictions in Baguio may have been eased over the past month, but there are still policies that each traveler must abide by. The local government of Baguio City requires some documents, depending on what type of traveler you are. If you’re planning to go to the City of Pines, it is important to know all protocols and prepare all necessary documents before you travel.

In this post, we’re sharing with you Victory Liner’s new schedule and list of requirements.

Victory Liner Baguio Schedule & Fare

BAGUIO TO CUBAO Bus Schedule

  • 8:00 am
  • 11:00 am
  • 1:00 pm
  • 3:00 pm
  • 5:00 pm
  • 7:00 pm

Point-to-point fare: PhP 576

CUBAO TO BAGUIO Bus Schedule

  • 7:00 am
  • 10:00 am
  • 1:00 pm
  • 3:00 pm

Point-to-point fare: PhP 576


Olongapo to Baguio

  • 9:00am

Point-to-point fare: PhP 581

Baguio to Olongapo

  • 10:00am

Point-to-point fare: PhP 581


Requirements When Traveling TO Baguio

Returning Baguio Residents

Documents needed:

  • Travel authority issued by the PNP in the place of origin
  • Valid Government issued ID showing place of residence in Baguio City
  • Negative result of RT-PCR or Rapid Antigen test conducted within 72 hours prior to entering Baguio

Tourists

Requirements:

  • Baguio VISITA account. You may check our post on how to sign up for an account and schedule a visit: HOW TO SCHEDULE A VISIT TO BAGUIO!
  • Approved Travel with issued QR-coded tourist pass (QTP). You may see the details on how you can get your QTP on our post.
  • Negative RT-PCR or Rapid antigen test results conducted 72 hours prior to arrival.
  • Triage procedures upon arrival.

Passing Through Only

Documents needed:

  • Medical certificate issued by Local Health Officer in place of origin
  • Travel pass-through Permit (TPP) issued by PNP in place of origin

Health Workers & Government Officials Residing or Assigned in BLISTT

For health workers, uniformed personnel, and Government Officials who are residents of or assigned to work in the BLISTT (Baguio, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tublay, and Tuba) area:

  • Medical Certificate issued by the Local Health Officer at place of origin
  • Valid Government issued ID
  • Any document as proof of residence or assignment in the BLISTT area

Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APOR) NOT Residing or Assigned in BLISTT

APOR not residing or not assigned to work in BLISTT (Baguio, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tublay, and Tuba).

Documents needed:

  • Valid Government issued ID showing place of residence
  • Any document as proof of APOR status and APOR purpose in Baguio City (Employee ID, Certificate of employment, Business permit, IBP/PRC ID, Contract of work, Official Invitation, etc.)
  • Negative result of RT-PCR or Rapid antigen test conducted within 72 hours prior to entry into the city.

Persons Traveling to Baguio for Medical Purposes

Documents needed:

  • Medical certificate issued by Local Health Officer at place of origin
  • Doctor’s referral or proof of medical appointment

Employees who Regularly Pass Through Checkpoints for Work

This includes:

  • Employees of public and private sector who are residents of Baguio and working in nearby provinces and regularly pass through checkpoints.
  • Workers in Baguio and living in nearby provinces and regularly pass through checkpoints.
    Baguio residents returning from travels outside of the city.

Documents needed:

  • Medical certificate issued by the Local Health Officer of place of origin
  • Valid Government issued ID showing place of residence
  • Negative result of RT-PCR or Rapid Antigen test conducted within the last 30 days of prior to entering Baguio City

Non-APORs Entering for Non-Tourist Purposes

This is for NON-APORs who are coming into the city for non-tourist or personal travel purposes (including students).

Documents needed:

  • Travel authority issued by the PNP in the place of origin
  • Negative result of RT-PCR or Rapid Antigen test conducted within 72 hours prior to entry into Baguio

Requirements When Traveling FROM Baguio

Baguio to Cubao / Olongapo

  • Travel authority
  • Medical certificate
  • Valid Government issued ID

Antigen Swab Testing at Cubao Terminal

If you’re a tourists, returning resident or another traveler type that is required to submit a COVID-19 antigen test result, you may undergo one at Victory Liner’s Cubao terminal. They have partnered with Hero Laboratories for this.

Here are the details:

Swab Test Cost: PHP 800

Testing Schedule:

  • 8:00AM to 10:00AM
  • 1:00PM to 3:00PM

For more information, you may contact: 09178425463.

Note that passengers are NOT required to avail of the test from them. You may still go to another accredited laboratory of your choice.


Rules when Taking Public Transportation

Victory Liner also reminds everyone to observe the government policies when taking public utility vehicles including buses:


DOT-Accredited Baguio Hotels

If you’re traveling for leisure and you’re looking for a place to stay, 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.


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UPDATES LOG:

2020 January 19 – Updated / added new times to the Baguio-Manila-Baguio schedule.

Images courtesy of Victory Liner.



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