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Baguio City Tourism clarifies stories about 'NO entry of tourists' are fake news

Updated: Jan 4, 2022

Baguio City, Philippines – Alec Mapalo, the City Tourism Officer of Baguio, clarified on Monday, January 3, the city travel advisory released on Sunday afternoon concerning the temporary suspension of leisure travels in the city.

Mapalo, through his social media, belied the circulating news headlines indicating that the city closed its borders anew due to the surge of COVID-19 cases.

“We’re not on lockdown! We also did not stop the entry of tourists…they are actually here!” the City Tourism Officer stated.

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Mapalo explained that the city border is still open, they are ‘only not allowing to add more to the current pre-approved travels that already exceeded 5,000 daily until January 8.’ This is in view of the COVID-19 Omicron variant and the expected surge of cases.

The City travel advisory said the leisure travel requests on Baguio VISitor Information and Travel Assistance (VISITA), the online registration system for Baguio tourists and travelers, are suspended effective January 2 until further notice.

All pre-approved travels with issued QR-coded Tourist Pass (QTP) will still be honored and allowed entry on declared travel date, but will still be subjected to mandatory triage while all pending travel requests are considered rejected and not allowed entry.

Meanwhile, authorized persons outside residences (APOR) and essential or official travels shall register on, subjected to documentary requirements and triage health screening.

“We’ll set new limits at reduced capacity and will announce such when finalized,” added Mapalo.


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