The Philippines’ tourism sector is starting to open up after more than a year of struggling from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. 

A testament to that is the Inter-Agency Task Force’s recent announcement regarding fully vaccinated individuals and the guidelines they need to follow for traveling. 

In its July 5 notice, the IATF said that individuals that have received full anti-coronavirus shots can now travel leisurely by just presenting their COVID-19 domestic vaccination card. 

However, they will still be subjected to specific protocols – like health and exposure screening upon arrival to their destination – if they’re traveling to areas with a different quarantine classification or what the IATF defined as ‘interzonal movement.’ 

If they’re just traveling to an area with the same quarantine classification, described as ‘intrazonal movement,’ they just have to present a vaccination card issued by a legitimate vaccinating establishment or a certificate of quarantine completion with the holder’s vaccination status issued by the Bureau of Quarantine.

Fully vaccinated individuals are those who: 

  • Received the second shot of a two-dose vaccine at least two weeks ago.
  • Received a single-dose vaccine for more than or equal to two weeks.
  • The vaccine administered to the individual must be included in any of the following – EUA List or Compassionate Special Permit issued by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration and the Emergency Use Listing of the World Health Organization

On the same day, Baguio released its updated tourist entry protocol – detailing the requirements would-be tourists need to accomplish before they can enter the city. 

Here’s what you need to follow:

Acquire a QR-coded Tourist Pass

Go to to register for a QR-coded Tourist Pass (QTP). You’ll need to create an account, input your date of visit, and upload a picture of your Valid ID. 

Those who do not have a QTP will not be able to enter Baguio City. 

Bring Your Vaccination Card 

If you’re fully vaccinated, you’ll only need to present your COVID-19 vaccination card or certificate. 

For those who are not, a negative antigen or RT-PCR test taken 72 hours before arrival in Baguio City needs to be presented. You can also opt to take the test upon arrival at the city’s border inspection for a fee of Php 500.

Mandatory Border Inspection

All visitors to Baguio need to be inspected before being allowed to enter. The city has set up a site where tourists can present the requirements before they’re allowed official entry. 

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