Amid the continuing threat of COVID-19 in the Philippines, last month the Department of Tourism opened a page on their website listing down all the re-opened tourist spots around the country and the possible restrictions that come with them.
This is in line with Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases easing travel restrictions last October, along with the promise to aid the DOT in reviving the Philippines’ tourism industry. That said, despite the wave of re-opened sites, strict health and safety protocols will still be implemented around the country.
The opening statement of the page itself reads “The Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) is ensuring that tourism stakeholders implement the safety protocols and series of precautionary measures set by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Department of Health (DOH), and is promoting habits that the public can adapt to contain the spread of the COVID-19.”
Apart from enumerating all of the country’s 81 provinces, the same page also provides updates on the current quarantine levels in different areas around the country. As of October 31, all areas in the Philippines are still under Modified General Community Quarantine save for the select few that are under General Community Quarantine (Batangas, Metro Manila, Bacolod, Tacloban, Iloilo, Iligan City) or those under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (Lanao del Sur, Marawi City)
Curious about the status of some of your favorite tourist destinations? Check them out below.
Note: The information below is subject to change upon the DOTs discretion.
As of writing, Baguio allows entry for up to 500 tourists per day as long as they’re coming from Luzon.
- A Baguio VISITA account: sign up at visita.baguio.gov.ph and upload valid ID and current photo
- Confirmed travel with issued QR-coded Tourist Pass (QTP) emailed by VISITA Team (to schedule a visit, go to your Baguio VISITA account, enter travel and accommodation details, fill out health declaration, and choose COVID-19 test option)
- Negative COVID-19 test results (can be acquired prior to travel or upon arrival)
- Triage procedures upon arrival
Most of La Union’s prime getaway spots are still only open to tourists from Region 1. The list includes Agoo Farm Eco Fun World, Camp Wagi, and Eagle of the North. Bauang Grape Farm and Ma Cho Temple are open to tourists from Region 1 MGCQ areas, while the Urbiztondo Beach Area in San Juan is only open to La Union residents.
For Batangas, tourists should take note of the following requirement for each area:
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- Negative result of swab test
- Proof of reservation
- Valid ID
- Medical Clearance
Meanwhile, the following tourist spots in Batangas are open for domestic tourists as long as they adhere to the strict health protocols required by local government:
- Calatagan Golf Club, Inc.
- Mount Malarayat Golf and Country Club
- Mt. Daguldol
- Mt. Gulugod Baboy
- National Shrine of St. Padre Pio
- Splendido Taal Golf Club
- Summit Point Golf and Country Club
The following tourist spots in Cavite are open for domestic tourists as long as they adhere to the strict health protocols required by local government:
- Cavite Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club
- Eagle Ridge Golf and Country Club
- Riviera Golf and Country Club
- Royale Tagaytay Sports Facilities
- Sherwood Hills Golf and Country Club
- Tagaytay Highlands
The following tourist spots in Laguna are now open to both residents and non-residents of the area:
- Bulusukan Eco-Agro Park
- Casedo’s Embroidery
- Glenda’s Garden Resort
- Green Nature Resort & Leisure Park
- Heritage Village (Heritage Houses)
- Kampo de Cailles
- Kookoo’s Farm & Garden Resort
- Leony’s Kesong Puti
- Lumban Embroidery Association
- Maya’s Nest Bed & Breakfast
- Mojicap Lake
- Mt. Pingas
- National Shrine and Parish of San Antonio de Padua.
- Ofreng Espasol
- Pakil Pasalubong & Tourist Information Center
- Pila Heritage Town Plaza
- Saint Peter of Alcantara Parish
- Sampalok Lake
- The Terraces (by Legazia Realty & Development Corp)
- Turumba Hills Garden Resort
- Turumba Spring Resort
- Villa Martha Picnic Grove
- Woodland Villa
According to DOTs website, Cebu City and the Province of Cebu are currently only accepting local tourists within the province. Domestic tourists are still restricted from entering the area.
For updates and to see the tourism status of the rest of the provinces, visit the website here.