With hot summer days rolling in, it's the perfect time to head up to Baguio City for some cold weather. But wait, isn't it quite a hassle to go up to the city of pines under community quarantine measures? Well, yes and no. Before, it was quite difficult given all the requirements mandated by the Baguio LGU. Fortunately, now it's become a lot easier.
In line with the DILG's new order and IATF-EID Resolution 101-2021, the Baguio City LGU has started relaxing its strict requirements for tourists and visitors. In a statement, the LGU says that testing, travel authority, and medical certificates are no longer required for those planning to visit the city. Before you pack your bags and decide to go on a trip up north, however, there are still some requirements you need to know.
Specifically, all visitors must first head to the two triages located at the city borders. Triage 1 is at checkpoints; Triage 2 is at the Central Triage Unit at the Baguio Convention Center. There, symptomatic travelers will be required to undergo RT-PCR testing and mandatory quarantine pending results. However, the LGU clarifies that mandatory quarantine is not needed for asymptomatic travelers.
Another requirement by the Baguio City LGU is signing up at the Visita Baguio website. Visitors must first secure a QR code from the website. Once they obtain the QR code, they are allowed to visit the summer capital of the country. Remember, no QR code, no entry. At least one valid government-issued ID must also be presented at checkpoints. Visitors are also advised to take note of the various classifications listed. Depending on your traveler classification, you may be required additional documents at checkpoints. Travelers in different classifications will be required to go to a specific triage before entering the city.
Remember, even with the relaxing of requirements, the virus is still out there. That said, the city will continue to strictly implement minimum health safety protocols, including wearing face masks and face shields, and maintaining physical distancing.