Baguio City, Zambales, and 2 More PH Destinations Waive RT-PCR Test Requirement For Fully Vaccinated Tourists

Baguio City, Zambales, and 2 More PH Destinations Waive RT-PCR Test Requirement For Fully Vaccinated Tourists
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Good news for fully vaccinated individuals: If you have been planning that much-needed vacation for a while in the hopes of finding relaxation, but got overwhelmed with all the documents required by LGUs, things just got a bit easier for you.

Those who have gotten their complete doses of the COVID-19 jab can now go to select tourist destinations in the Philippines without presenting a negative RT-PCR test result. However, there are still other requirements that you might want to take note of. 

What it means to be fully vaccinated

An individual is considered fully vaccinated at least two weeks after he has received the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or at least two weeks after receiving a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine. However, it is required that an individual must be inoculated with FDA-approved jabs included in the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) list.

If you have been fully-vaxxed, you can enjoy leisure travel to the following Philippine tourist destinations without presenting a negative RT-PCR result! Read on to find out what you need to prepare before booking that hotel! 

Baguio City

 Escape from the heat and to the cool, laid-back vibe that Baguio has to offer! You can visit unique cafes, restaurants, or visit their famous parks too.

Fully vaccinated individuals in Baguio City must present:

  • A QR code issued upon registering a Health Declaration Form
  • A vaccination QR passport or vaccination certificate from their website
  • A valid government-issued ID or a barangay certificate that can serve as proof of residence

Fully vaccinated individuals living outside Baguio City must present:

  • A QR code issued upon registering to their Health Declaration Form
  • Your COVID-19 vaccination card, proving that you have been vaccinated in a legitimate vaccination establishment
  • A valid government-issued ID or a barangay certificate that can serve as proof of residence

If you are not fully vaccinated, however, you may still travel to Baguio City for leisure. An additional negative antigen or RT-PCR test result is required.

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Negros Occidental

On July 6, Negros Occidental governor Eugenio Jose “Bong” Lacson signed Executive Order 21-34, releasing travel guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals under IATF Resolution No. 124-B.

You can enjoy Bacolod or the province’s beautiful islands by presenting your domestic COVID-19 vaccination card issued by a legitimate vaccinating establishment, or your Certificate of Quarantine Completion showing your vaccination status, issued by the Bureau of Quarantine.

Do note that all inbound travelers are still required to undergo health and exposure screening upon arrival!

Dumaguete, Negros Oriental

Go on a social distancing date by visiting Dumaguete’s historical sites, diving spots, and restaurants serving yummy food! Inoculated tourists are required to present their vaccination cards, as well as a negative antigen result within 48 hours upon release, instead of the more expensive RT-PCR test.

For unvaccinated travelers, however, an RT-PCR test is required, valid within 72 hours upon the release of results.

Inoculated or not, all inbound tourists must register at the Safe, Swift, & Smart Passage (S-PASS) website and get approval before going to the province.

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Zambales

Zambales’ majestic beaches and picturesque sceneries are ready to welcome you for a relaxing vacay!

Fully vaccinated individuals must:

  • Register for an account at the Zambales VISITA (Visitor Information and Travel Assistant) website
  • Show documents of your confirmed hotel or resort booking
  • A QR Code travel pass that you will get once the local government has approved your stay
  • A negative antigen result valid within 24 hours. Note that Zambales will only be classifying you as “fully vaccinated” one month after your second or final dose of the COVID-19 jab.

If you haven’t been inoculated, Zambales’ doors are still open for you! However, you will be required to present a negative RT-PCR result from an accredited establishment, 48 hours prior to travel.

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Do you still need to quarantine?

According to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) Resolution No. 124-B approved on July 2, a shortened 7-day quarantine is only required if fully vaccinated individuals are “close contacts of probable and confirmed COVID-19 cases,” and if they remain asymptomatic for the duration of the quarantine period.

“In the event that Reverse Transcription - Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) Test needs to be performed, it may be done not earlier than the fifth day after the date of the last exposure,” the resolution reads.

Close contacts who have been traced after the 7th day beyond the last exposure who have remained symptomatic will not be required to quarantine. However, once your RT-PCR test reveals a positive result and you begin experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you will be required to follow testing and isolation protocols.

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