LGUs can slowly open their places for tourism, provided that they set strict guidelines for the tourists and citizens.
Baguio City plans to gradually re-open tourism, with regulated, controlled entry and monitored movement. The following systems are being put in place for the safety of visitors and locals:
For the tourists:
- tourists will be required to pre-register through the Baguio VIS.I.T.A. (online registration system)
- tourists will be required to have pre-booked accommodation preferably through accredited tour operators, and declare itinerary
- upon entry, tourists will undergo mandatory triage and PCR testing to be paid by them
- tourists stay in the hotel until results come out (at most 9 hours), and before going around city
- tourists’ movement shall be closely monitored by tour operator and/or hotel management
For tour operators and (TOs) hotels:
- only those with DOT-issued Certificate of Authority to Operate (CAO) can accommodate guests
- TOs and hotels must require guests to register prior to travel through Baguio VIS.I.T.A.
- hotels must ensure observance of health and safety protocols, lest CAO will be revoked
For city tourism managers:
- ensure regulated and controlled entry and real-time monitoring of tourists’ itinerary through the Baguio VIS.I.T.A.
- ensure efficiency of triage and testing process, with supporting health care systems and centers in place
- ensure protection of personal data and information of tourists
- ensure updated advisories and timely information dissemination relevant and important to locals and tourists
- explore and implement tourism corridors with partner LGUs and partner TOs.
- Baguio VIS.I.T.A. (Visitor Information & Travel Assistance) will be launched within the month
- controlled number of tourists per day will be enforced
- illegal entry of tourists will be dealt with accordingly
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