I have lost count of the times that I’d been to Baguio and for good reason, from the cool climate, pine trees and slope roads, to the coffee culture, and overall vibe of the place, Baguio is easily one of the best destinations in the Philippines. To me it never gets old and if there’s a chance to move there, I would in a heartbeat. Thus, I was among those who got excited when the City Government of Baguio announced that they will start accepting tourists. Just this November, I traveled there with two of my friends and today I will be sharing the Baguio travel requirements so you too can visit the City of Pines.
Although many have been vaccinated already, we are still in the middle of a pandemic. Thus, there are travel rules that you need to comply with if you want to travel to Baguio.
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Step 1: Get fully vaccinated
Baguio only accepts fully vaccinated tourists, at least for now. If you’re fully vaccinated, they require that two weeks have passed after your last dose. Get your vaccination card ready, you will need it.
Step 2: Schedule a Visit
Go to Baguio Visita and create an account. Once logged in you can proceed with scheduling a visit. You will receive a QR code via email once your application has been approved. Note that without this QR code you will not be able to go to Baguio. There’s a triage area in Baguio that screens tourists and they will ask for your QR code.
Hotels also verify through Baguio Visita if you’re included in the list of tourists who have been allowed entry to the city before they can accommodate you.
Tip: If it’s taking a while to receive the QR code, call up your hotel so they can confirm to Baguio Visita that you will be staying with them.
How to schedule a visit through Baguio Visita
- Click Schedule a visit now.
- Tick the purpose of your travel; you can select more than one.
- Select where you’re going to stay; if you’ve chosen Tourist Accommodation Establishment you need to find it on the list of DOT-accredited hotels.
- Select your travel agent from the drop-down menu; choose None if you don’t have one.
- Select your travel dates.
- Scroll down and fill out the rest of the form.
- Choose the estimated time of your arrival.
You can save it as a draft if you’re not yet ready to submit it), otherwise, go ahead and submit your application.
When you proceed you will be taken to another page where you will have to upload a photo of your vaccination card. You will then receive an email confirming that they received your application.
Whether it’s been approved or not, they will send you an email to inform you about it. If you have been approved, you will find the QR code attached to their email. This will serve as your proof that you’ve been allowed entry to the city.
Step 3: Book a DOT-accredited hotel
Since I booked paid accommodation, that’s the only thing I’ll be covering here (I’m not sure what are the requirements for those who will be staying somewhere where they don’t have to pay).
My friends and I stayed in three different hotels: The Half House by Elmar Cabin, Casa Vallejo, and Sukhavati Inn. These are all DOT-accredited and I highly recommend them. I will be posting reviews of these hotels/transient homes in the coming days.
And that’s it, once you’ve done all three, you can now visit Baguio.
My friends and I took the 6 pm trip to Baguio via Joy Bus executive coach, which is operated by Genesis Transport. We went to the Genesis bus terminal in Cubao. It’s a non-stop trip, travel time is only 4 hours. The bus ticket costs 576 pesos.
Before we purchased the ticket we were up to the office on the second floor to get a travel clearance. We had to show them our ID, vaccination card, and the QR code from Baguio Visita.
Right now, Genesis is only allowing one person for each row of seats so I had two seats all to myself. However, going back to Manila, they allowed two people to sit together as long as they’re traveling together.
Author’s note: The information provided in this blog post was based on Baguio travel requirements in November 2021. As the pandemic situation improves, some information will change. Check Baguio Visita to get updated information.