Baguio City to open to travelers from Luzon

Baguio City is gearing up for its reopening and it will soon welcome travelers coming from different parts of Luzon.

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“We may consider accepting tourists from other regions in Luzon starting October 23 but limited to 200 per day—to be increased gradually,” Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong said.

It is a bold step, Magalong explained, because Baguio City and other local governments could no longer afford to be “risk averse,” now that the COVID-19  pandemic has made a negative impact on the economy.

He mentioned that all travelers entering the city will be screened properly.

People visiting the city are required to sign up with an online Baguio travel system and book rooms at designated hotels for closer monitoring. Travelers will pay for the cost of COVID-19 test.

Baguio City had opened its borders to tourists from the Ilocos region on October 1. Since October 1, only 4 of the 60 registered travelers from Region 1 entered the city, according to the mayor.

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