After six months of strict quarantine restrictions, the Summer Capital of the Philippines is finally ready to once again welcome local tourists from La Union, Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur, and Ilocos Norte starting September 21.
The city’s reopening is part of the ongoing “tourism corridor” or “travel bubble” initiative wherein residents of Region I can visit their neighboring province’s tourism destinations.
Mayor Benjamin Magalong said the city is arranging procedures and tests for tourists from the said region.
"We’re getting ready. Pero, siyempre, lahat ng darating na turista from Region 1 will have to undergo certain procedures and tests," he said.
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Baguio City’s Reopening Safety Protocols
As expected, the protocols for reopening borders for travel are pretty stringent. So if you’re from Baguio City or any of the four listed Ilocos provinces, the Baguio City Public Information Office’s Facebook page listed what travelers can expect:
- Tourists will need to pre-register using the VIS.I.T.A app, or the Visitors Information and Tourist Assistance app, before they arrive in the city. It is available in the App Store and Google Play.
- Travelers are required to book in a hotel that has obtained a certificate authorizing operation (CAO) from the Department of Tourism and the local government, as they will not be allowed to stay with relatives or friends as a health precaution.
- Tourists must be assisted by an accredited tour agency that would manage their itinerary.
- Travelers will undergo mandatory triage and PCR Testing upon arrival—the fee will be shouldered by them.
- After the triage and testing, tourists must quarantine in the hotel for up to nine hours while waiting for the results. Those with a negative result can proceed with their itinerary, while those who test positive would be handled by the LGU and the hotel.
Hotels obtaining a CAO and accredited tour operators are required to monitor the customers’ movements closely. More details on protocols for tour operators and hotels listed here.
In addition to this, The Public Information Office - City of Baguio also noted that they plan to control the number of tourists per day. For more information, you can read their Facebook advisory here.
On September 22, 2020, Baguio City LGU announced delay of reopening. Tourists will have to wait a bit longer before visiting Baguio City.
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