Philippine Tourist Destinations That Are Now Open For Domestic Travelers

Blink if you missed traveling 🙂

Good news because most Philippine destinations have now opened their borders to welcome fully vaccinated individuals. Ang saya! I myself was in Baguio during the first week of November and it truly was refreshing to be away from the hustle and bustle of Metro Manila. There weren’t as many tourists as before, just enough to fill parking spaces at Camp John Hay and create short lines at local restaurants. All in all, it was nice to unwind, breathe in cool fresh air, and feast on Baguio’s local delicacies (ube halaya, cakes from local bakers, freshly brewed coffee from Sagada).

I checked travel websites and found the complete list of provinces that have recently opened their borders to vaccinated tourists. And since we are still operating under the “new normal”, I also included the list of requirements when entering certain borders. These include your vaccine cards, QR codes, and maybe a negative anti-gen or RT-PCR test.

This list is updated as of November 12, 2021. Please check the website or Public Information Facebook page of the town or province you wish to visit for the most updated advisories on their travel requirements and restrictions.

Here we go:

  1. Baguio City
    • Requirements for leisure travelers:
      • Must not come from areas that are under ECQ, MECQ, Alert Levels 4 and 5.
      • Only fully vaccinated adults are allowed to enter the city. Present your vaccination card at checkpoints and triage facilities.
      • Minors between 12 to 17 years old and unvaccinated must present a negative RT-PCR test result or a negative antigen test result taken within 72 hours before arrival.
      • Unvaccinated minors aged 11 and below may be tested only if parents or accompanying adults will allow. If you don’t want your child swab tested for COVID-19, please do not bring them with you to avoid misunderstandings and delays at triage areas.
      • Valid IDs (passports, driver’s license, etc.)
      • Pre-booking at accredited Baguio hotels. You can find the complete and updated list of hotels and accommodations at the Baguio Visita website.
      • Register at the Baguio Visita website. The complete instructions on how to do this can be found in my previous blog that you can access here –> How To Schedule Your Visit To Baguio City Via The Baguio Visita Website
      • Submit to triage upon arrival and must pass health screening.
      • Only 2,000 individual registration are allowed per day following a first-come, first-served basis accommodation.

2. Batangas Province

  • Travel requirements for leisure travelers:
    • Valid ID
    • Booking confirmation at Batangas resorts or hotels.
    • Not all municipalities have the same requirements for travelers. Check the area you wish to visit to know the exact set of requirements needed to enter their locality.

3. Bohol Island

  • Travel requirements for leisure travelers:
    • Negative RT-PCR swab test or saliva RT-PCR test result taken 3 days prior to travel. Minors aged 4 and below are exempted.
    • Fully vaccinated adults must present a Vaccination Certificate generated from vaxcert.doh.gov.ph. In case you cannot access the DOH vaxcert website, you can present your vaccination card too.
    • Valid ID
    • Travel Coordination Permit from s-pass.ph
    • Pre-booking at DOT-accredited Bohol resorts or hotels.
    • Travel requirements can be accessed here: Bohol Philippines Travel Guide

4. Boracay Island

  • Fully vaccinated individuals need only to present their vaccine cards or a vaccination certificate generated from vaxcert.doh.gov.ph
  • If you are not vaccinated, you must present a negative RT-PCR or saliva test taken 3 days before your travel to the island. Minors aged 2 years old and below are not required to undergo the swab tests.
  • Valid ID
  • Round-trip tickets via Caticlan Airport only.
  • Pre-booking at DOT-accredited hotels and resorts in Boracay.
  • Health declaration form at https://www.touristboracay.com/
  • QR code sent by LGU upon confirmation of health declaration form and other requirements.

5. Cebu City

  • Negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival or a negative antigen test result taken within 48 hours prior to arrival or a negative saliva test result taken within 48 hours before arrival.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals should present a COVID-19 domestic vaccination card with a QR code that verifies their vaccination status or a vaccination certificate from vaxcert.doh.gov.ph.
  • Travel Coordination Permit (TCP) or a Travel Pass-Thru Permit (TPP) via s-pass.ph

6. Coron, Palawan Island

  • Fully vaccinated individuals need to present their vaccination card.
  • Negative RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours from arrival.
  • Approved travel application from s-pass.ph
  • Pre-booking at any of the DOT-accredited Coron hotels and resorts.
  • A StaySafe.ph QR code for contact tracing while in Coron.

7. El Nido, Palawan Island

  • For tourists from outside Palawan:
    • Negative RT-PCR swab test result taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.
    • Government-issued ID with a permanent address
    • Pre-booking at DOT-accredited El Nido hotels and resorts
    • Roundtrip flight tickets
    • Tourist QT ID from elnidotourism.ph
    • Registration with s-pass.ph
  • For Palawan-based tourists:
    • Proof of Palawan residency (eg. government-issued ID with a Palawan address or a school ID from any school in Palawan)
    • Pre-booking at DOT-accredited El Nido hotels and resorts.
    • Tourist QT ID from elnidotourism.ph

Remember to always:

  • Sanitize your hands and personal belongings.
  • Wear a face mask even when you are outdoors and among other people (other than your family members).
  • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing.
  • Keep your used tissue papers in your bag, do not litter them or leave them on tables after eating.
  • Bring your own eating utensils, including drinking straws.
  • Wash your hands before eating, after coming back from a tour or trip.
  • Keep a safe distance from others.

So, where are you gonna go first? Share your travel experiences here!

Source:

Guide To The Philippines – https://guidetothephilippines.ph/articles/ultimate-guides/philippines-travel-covid-19

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