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It’s time to pack your bags and travel to the North

This is not a drill! 

Finally, the Summer Capital of the Philippines—Baguio City has opened its doors for the tourists coming from the NCR+ bubble. 

MB Life personally went to Baguio via public transportation to help you identify the step-by-step process and requirements needed to book the much-awaited getaway adventure in the City of Pines. 

Session Road (Jessica Pag-iwayan)

1.     Sign up at visita.baguio.gov.ph

Even though Baguio is now accepting tourists, the local government unit (LGU) is limiting it to 3,000 visitors daily. Thus, to be able to visit, you need to register first at visita.baguio.gov.ph.

Simply create an account, schedule your visit, and identify the hotel or accommodation place. LGU has pre-selected and approved hotels and transient houses that passed the high standards of safety health protocols. 

(Image from Baguio Tourism)

Once the request to visit is approved, a QR Coded Tourist Pass (QTP) code will be sent to you. Remember, Baguio is strictly implementing a No QTP, No Entry policy.

2.     Get a negative COVID-19 test

Another important requirement is a negative COVID-19 test result at least 72 hours prior to arrival. You also have the choice to do the test in Baguio. They are offering a subsidized antigen test for only P350. 

If you are traveling via P2P bus, each bus company is requiring a negative test before boarding. Genesis bus line is offering antigen for P500 while Victory Liner is offering fare plus swab test bundle for P1,376. 

Lake at the Burnham Park (Jessica Pag-iwayan)

Also, those traveling through public transport are required to sign up to hdf.baguio.gov.ph. Personnel from the bus company line’s triage will help and assist you on processing the requirements for this specific site.

3.     Mandatory triage upon arrival

After hours of travel, you need to present the QTP at the border. Depending on the color of the QTP, each visitor is assigned to a specific triage facility. 

For those who are acquiring an antigen test in Baguio and tested positive, will not be allowed to enter and will be immediately referred to the nearest health facility. 

After more than a year in isolation due to the pandemic, everyone deserves a break. While enjoying a short escape in Baguio, another important thing you should remember is to always follow safety health protocols—wearing mask and face shield, practicing social distancing, and sanitizing. Baguio LGU is strict in implementing these procedures. Those who will be caught not wearing face shields in public areas will have to pay a P1,000 fine. 

Safe travels and enjoy!

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