Thank you, next: Baguio City also ditches COVID test requirement for tourists

Published March 3, 2021, 8:31 AM

by Alexandria Dennise San Juan

Baguio has followed the trend of not requiring local tourists to present a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test or swab test result before stepping foot on the city.

(COMMONS WIKIPEDIA/ MANILA BULLETIN/ FILE PHOTO)
(COMMONS WIKIPEDIA/ MANILA BULLETIN/ FILE PHOTO)

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong confirmed that swab tests are no longer required in the Summer Capital unless mandated by the tourist’s accommodation establishments or public transport providers.

The amended Executive Order (EO) No. 21 signed by Magalong indicates that other travel requirements have also been dropped by the local government unit (LGU) such as the travel authority, and the mandatory quarantine — except for symptomatic travelers.

Meanwhile, the LGU has maintained the city’s triage requirement. Triage 1 is located at checkpoints while Triage 2 is at the Central Triage Unit in Baguio Convention Center.

Travelers are also still required to sign up on the city’s registration portals at visita.baguio.gov.ph for tourism, personal or leisure travels; or at hdf.baguio.gov.ph for returning Baguio residents and other traveler classifications.

Magalong further reminded those going to Baguio City that compliance with the minimum public health standards such as proper wearing of face masks and face shields, and observing physical distancing will be strictly imposed at all times.

Baguio City was allowed to accept tourists despite being under a stricter community quarantine status after the government’s pandemic task force granted in February the request of the city government to resume hotel operations in consideration of the huge number of confirmed bookings.

The resolution passed by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases permitted Baguio City hotels and other accommodation establishments to receive travelers for leisure purposes even while under a general community quarantine (GCQ) classification, “subject to its continued strict observance of health and safety protocols and contact tracing measures.”

 
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