Everything You Need to Know If You're Traveling to Baguio
From what you need to bring to places where you can stay.
(SPOT.ph) Much to the delight of travelers, Baguio City in Benguet started reopening to tourists in the last quarter of 2020. Guests from different parts of Luzon started going up to the City of Pines on October 22, 2020, jumpstarting tourism in the ever-popular tourist destination. In case you're looking to enjoy the chilly weather in the Cordilleras, we round up everything you need to know if you're traveling to Baguio soon.
Here's an updated list of Manila to Baguio travel requirements:
What to Bring
- Baguio VISITA account on your mobile app
- Confirmed itinerary and accommodation booking, valid ID, and ID photo are required for uploading when you create your Baguio VISITA account.
- Negative RT-PCR or rapid antigen test within 72 hours prior to arrival. You also have the option of having your rapid antigen test upon arrival at the triage site in Baguio City for P1,300.
What to Expect
- Tourists of all ages are allowed to visit Baguio City. But from January 19 to February 1, visitors below 18 and above 65 cannot leave their hotel rooms.
- QR-coded tourist pass should be presented in all checkpoints, hotels, tourism establishments, and tourist sites.
- Guests should proceed to triage upon arrival. These are located at the CAP Convention Center, Camp John Hay (open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Baguio Convention Center (open 24 hours).
- Tourist arrivals are capped at 750 pax a day (as of October 28, 2020).
- Same-day trips are allowed.
- General curfew is from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m., while liquor ban is from 10 p.m. to 10 a.m.
How to Get There
Victory Liner and Genesis have resumed their point-to-point operations from Cubao to Baguio with daily trip schedules. You are required to present your negative test and QR-coded tourist pass upon boarding.
Victory Liner (one-way fare: P576)
Cubao to Baguio:
- 7 a.m.
- 10 a.m.
- 1 p.m.
- 3 p.m.
Baguio to Cubao:
- 8 a.m.
- 11 a.m.
- 1 p.m.
- 3 p.m.
- 5 p.m.
- 7 p.m.
Genesis Joybus Premiere (one-way fare: P740)
- Cubao to Baguio: 1:30 p.m.
- Baguio to Cubao: 9 a.m.
Where to Stay
The Manor at Camp John Hay
Ordonio Drive, Camp John Hay, Baguio City
Promo rates start at P3,500
The Manor features a mix of Old World-inspired architecture with modern-day conveniences a spa, fitness gym, and wellness studio. Its sprawling courtyard has rows of pine trees, colorful flowers, and benches where guests can lounge around to enjoy the chilly Baguio air. Some of their standard precautions include temperature checks, wearing of face masks by staff and guests, deep disinfection of all rooms between stays, and washdown of cars and luggage upon arrival of vehicles.
Upper Session Road, Baguio City
Rates start at P1,900
Casa Vallejo, Baguio's oldest hotel, secured their certification to operate in June during the enforcement of modified general community quarantine in Benguet. They're operational at 50% capacity, offering exclusivity and privacy while still being accessible to the city's top attractions like Burnham Park. Miele Guide awardee Hill Station, which is located at the ground floor of Casa Vallejo, is also open to diners.
2 Leonard Wood Road, Baguio City
Promo rates start at P2,998
This boutique hotel takes pride in its one-of-a-kind architecture, which is inspired by Cordilleran artistry. The space isn't much, but all corners boast local aesthetics: the triangular ceiling was designed to look like Baguio's terrain, the front desk was made from pine timber, and huge windows let in lots of natural light.
For updates and the complete list of accredited tourism-related providers and establishments, follow Baguio Tourism on Facebook.
UPDATE (February 23): This article has been updated to include new curfew hours and liquor ban guidelines as of February 22.