Baguio and Boracay Resume Tourism, Opens Borders for Local Visitors

Baguio City, the country’s summer capital, and Boracay Island, one of the best beaches in the world,  restarted tourism operations to revive their economies in the midst of CoVid-19.

Starting October 1, visitors from Region 1 (La Union, Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur, and Ilocos Norte) will have to pre-register using the Visitors Information and Tourist Assistance (VIS.I.T.A) app before traveling to the city.

Upon registering, visitors will need to show their proof of hotel booking along with the hotel’s certificate authorizing operations (CAO) from the Department of Tourism and the local government.

Baguio City Tourism Operations Aloysius Mapalo said visitors also need to undergo a swab test at their own expense upon arrival and get assisted by an accredited tour agency to monitor their itinerary.

Meanwhile in Boracay Island, local tourists from under a general community quarantine and modified GCQ classifications, including those from the National Capital Region, are now allowed to visit the country’s top tourist destination.

Tourists will be required to fill out an online health declaration card, provide a negative RT-PCR test result, and present a hotel reservation submitted via email, prior to traveling to the island.

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