La Union guv issues EO allowing tourist from across Luzon

SAN FERNANDO CITY, Mar. 27 (PIA) -- Governor Francisco Emmanuel Ortega III of the Province of La Union issued Executive Order (EO) No. 4 on Thursday, March 25 allowing tourists from across Luzon to visit travel destinations in the province starting April 5, 2021.

This is in support to the provincial government's adoption of the second phase of the Ridge and Reef Travel Corridor Plan.

“Tourists from Luzon shall be allowed entry to the identified tourism destinations in the province subject to compliance with the guidelines set forth,” the EO reads.

Based on the protocols indicated in the EO, only the pre-booked or pre-arranged tours from local travel agencies and tour operators accredited by the Department of Tourism will be permitted.

Tourists from outside the province who will suddenly visit without bookings and any appointment will be denied entry.

The EO further states that “Travel agencies and tour operators must book clients with accommodation and meal packages on DOT-accredited establishments with Certificates of Authority to Operate only.”

Visitors who will be coming from high risk areas or those places classified under GCQ/ECQ/MECQ status will be required to present negative RT-PCR swab test results acquired within 72 hours or three days prior to arrival.

They may also resort to the nasopharyngeal swab or the saliva test offered by the Philippine Red Cross as an alternative.

Within five working days prior to travel, they will have to register and schedule their trip on the Tara Na! VISITA System via earn the QR-coded-tourist pass (QTP) which will be used for verification upon arrival in the tourism one-stop-shop established in the border.

Applications on said system will be processed and approved within 48 hours.

During travel, tourists may only stop on various identified safe pits for stopovers and other personal necessities.

Upon verification at the border checkpoint and undergoing the health assessment, they will be given a tourist access pass (TAP).

Visitors are reminded to “Strictly follow the itinerary and present QTP in every tourism establishment and attraction. You are not allowed to enter the establishments without QTP and TAP.” (JCR/AMB/CGRC, PIA La Union)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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