Baguio City  temporarily bans tourists from NCR & 4 provinces

BAGUIO CITY, March 23 (PIA) - - Baguio City is temporarily not accepting  leisure travel or tourists from the National Capital Region, Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite and Rizal in compliance with the Inter Agency Task Force on COVID – 19(IATF)Resolution 104, Mayor Benjamin Magalong announced  during the  regular flag raising ceremony at city hall grounds on Monday.  

The temporary ban is effective March 22 to April 4 , 2021 and may subject to change, if there will be new recommendation from the IATF,  the mayor said.

As the ban is for leisure travel only, exemption is  given to APOR (Authorized Person Outside Residences) and those on essential travels such as official government or business travel and medical or hospital appointment in Baguio, but they must register at

Mayor Benjamin Magalong, in a media interview, appeals for public support and cooperation in strictly adhering to the minimum public health standards and safety protocols to protect themselves from COVID - 19. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Magalong calls for public understanding on the city government’s decision  to  ensure  safety in accordance with the IATF resolution,  even though the decision will affect the city’s tourism industry as around 70 percent of the Baguio’s visitors are coming from the said areas.

In relation to this directive, the City Tourism Office advised  Baguio visitors that already have approved travel and QTP   to consider re-scheduling  their  visit by editing their current travel application  in their VISITA account.

For local tourists or travelers from other areas, they are still welcome to visit Baguio but  must register at  the  They should have     duly approved VISITA QTP code and must  present  RT – PCR negative result (issued within the last 72 hours),  or they can avail of antigen test (for a fee of P500) upon arrival at the Central Triage Area.

Meantime, Magalong reiterated the appeal to the people of Baguio to strictly adhere to the minimum public health standards and safety protocols needed to protect themselves and their families, especially those frequently  going out of their homes, either for work or essential travel, as increase in new confirmed cases is  being recorded in Baguio, mostly due to contact tracing and expanded testing that is part of the PDITR (Prevent, Detect, Isolate, Treat and Reintegrate) initiative of the city government.

As of March 21 data of the City Health Services Office, there are  6,877 confirmed COVID – 19 cases recorded in Baguio, where 714 (10.38 percent) are active cases, 6,046 (87.92 percent) already recovered and 117 (1.70 percent) deaths. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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