Where To Stay In Baguio City: Updates And Advice
To help revive tourism in the famed City of Pines, Baguio City’s local government has permitted some hotels in Baguio City to operate despite its General Community Quarantine (GCQ) status. The general rule for tourists now is that travelers are allowed to enter and seek accommodation in Baguio City, so long as they have no COVID-19 symptoms or underlying health conditions. Children and senior citizens are permitted to visit, but for the safety of pregnant women, they are not allowed to travel for leisure to the city.
Strict Protocols Are Still Implemented
To prevent large public gatherings in tourist hotspots, travelers are required to schedule their visit to the city. Only 500 visitors are allowed per day, and this number is monitored by Baguio VISITA, a newly-created body to handle tourist processes in Baguio City.
Tourists need to provide information about their point of origin, the purpose of their trip, mode of transportation, travel dates for staying in the city, and their contact persons or hotels in Baguio City. After giving this information and completing a health declaration form, they need to declare where their accommodation in Baguio City is located, their itinerary, and their COVID-19 test results. You can opt to take an RT-PCR test before you arrive, then have it verified with your health declaration at the triage. You may also choose to get a COVID-19 test upon arrival in the city, with results available within 15 to 30 minutes of testing.
Tourists are then given unique QR Coded Tourist Passes, which they can print or save onto their mobile devices. These passes are a must for access the city’s triage areas, hotel receptions, and various Baguio attractions.
Taxis and jeeps are fully operational for public transportation. All tourists and citizens alike are expected to follow the city’s health and safety protocol. Apart from wearing a face mask and face shield at all times, visitors should observe the required one-meter distance from other people. They are advised to wash or sanitize their hands whenever they can, and to avoid areas that are too crowded.
Stay In Accredited Locations
It’s highly recommended that tourists book hotels or accommodations which have a Certificate of Authority to Operate from the Department of Tourism. Check online for a complete list of DOT-accredited hotels in Baguio City.
Alternatively, you may stay in a condo in Baguio City owned by a friend or relative, if it is located in an area that is not on hard lockdown. Note that staying in a stranger’s condo in Baguio City for payment is not allowed and punishable by law. If you are paying to stay somewhere, make sure your accommodations are authorized.
Leisure trips, including day tours and DIY itineraries are allowed. You can coordinate with accredited travel agencies or agents – a must if you’re visiting areas such as Benguet, La Trinidad, and Tublay, which needs to be coordinated with the local government unit.