Philippines Local Tourist Spots You Can Visit Without RT-PCR Test

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—as long as you’re fully vaccinated!

After over two years of vacay drought, travelers may now visit their missed local destinations and take a break away from the four corners of their home without the hassle of constantly changing movement restrictions and the long list of travel requirements.

As mentioned in our previous article, fully COVID-19 vaccinated local travelers may now visit over tourist destinations in the country, scrapping off the expensive and time-consuming RT-PCR swab test as one of the requirements.

According to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) guidelines, an individual is considered “fully vaccinated for COVID-19 if a) more than or equal to two weeks passed after receiving the second shot in a 2-dose series; or b) more than or equal to two weeks passed after receiving a single-dose vaccine.”

If you’re full jabbed and want to finally tick off the “need vacation asap” box from your 2021 bucket list, then here’s where you can go where all you’ll need is a vaccination certificate (vax card). Again, NO Negative RT-PCR test is required for most of the local destinations mentioned below.

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BAGUIO CITY

Baguio City welcomes back tourists with only three requirements:

  • Vaccination card or certificate (vaxcertph);
  • Registration via visits.baguio.gov.ph (at least a day before arrival);
  • Health screening at the Triage upon arrival

For the Visit Registration, Baguio tourism noted that “only 2,000 individual registrations will be allowed for now following an ETA reservation system.”

Other important reminders to take note of:

  • Guests from ECQ, MECQ, Alert Levels 4 and 5 areas are not allowed to travel to the province;
  • Guests must abide by the existing city laws such as no littering, no smoking, etc;
  • Guests must stay within the accommodation establishments listed in Baguio VISITA and enter business establishments with Safety Seal issued by the city government. 

Need some destination spot suggestions? Add the following to your travel itinerary list:

  • Tam-awan Village
  • Colorful Houses of Stobosa
  • Ifugao Woodcarver’s Village
  • Asia Hot Springs
  • Baguio Botanical Garden

Clark Freeport Zone

As of October 12, leisure travels for all ages are now allowed in Clark, regardless of the swab test result and vaccination status. For fully-vaccinated travelers, present your vaccination cards.

Check these local destinations out:

  • Sputnik Aviation Airline Experience
  • El Kabayo
  • Swiss Go Karts
  • Clark Museum and 4D Theater
  • Aqua Planet Waterpark

Subic Bay Freeport Zone

While Subic now welcomes guests of all ages, travelers from higher alert levels must still present their fully vaccinated cards.

What to see in Subic?

  • Ocean Adventure
  • Pamulaklakin Forest Trail
  • Adventure Beach Waterpark
  • Zoobic Safari
  • El Kabayo Waterfalls

Ilocos Sur

Regardless of vaccination status, guests from areas under high-risk areas may enter the province with a negative antigen test (taken within 24 hours before travel), as well as present a valid ID, a travel pass from the Tara Na website, and show a booking confirmation from a DOT accredited travel agency or accommodation. To know more about their travel guidelines, click here.

Some destination spots to add to your travel itinerary list:

  • Ilocos Sur Vigan City Heritage
  • National Museum of the Philippines
  • Vigan Cathedral
  • Bantay Church Bell Tower
  • Plaza Burgos

Ilocos Norte

Different testing requirements (RT-PCR within 72 hours, antigen test within 24 hours, antigen test upon arrival) remain required in Ilocos Norte, depending on the travelers’ mode of transportation. They must also show a valid ID, a confirmed booking with an accredited accommodation or travel agency, and a QR code from Safepass. View full details here.

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Check out these amazing tourist destinations:

  • Paoay Church
  • Bangui Windmills
  • La Paz & Paoay Sand Dunes
  • Sinking Bell Tower

Cebu Province

Cebu Provincial Government issued a memorandum on October 29, scrapping the negative result swab tests and medical certificate as a requirement for entry. Instead, guests will have to present their fully COVID-19 vaccinated card for proof of vaccination.

Add the following destinations to your must-visit list:

  • Kawasan Falls
  • Temple of Leah
  • Sirao Garden
  • Simala Shrine
  • Osmeña Peak

Iloilo City

Tourists must show their vaccination cards upon arrival and register to the national travel system S-Pass. However, unlike before, travelers will only be asked to register personal information—no need to submit any documents. See travel requirements reference here.

What to visit in Iloilo City:

  • Isla de Gigantes
  • Garin Farm
  • Jaro Cathedral
  • Molo Mansion
  • Iloilo River Esplanade

Bohol

Bohol opens its doors to local guests as long as they present their vaccination certificates generated via the VaxCertPH digital system and obtain an S-Pass.

Don’t miss to visit these beautiful destinations after over two years of travel drought:

  • Cambuhat Oyster Farm
  • Chocolate Hills
  • Hinagdanan Cave
  • Discover Bohol’s Adventure Parks (Danao, Chocolate Hills, Loboc Ecotourism)
  • Blood Compact Shrine

Bacolod City

Bacolod City welcomes travelers must who can submit vaccination cards issued by DOH, DICT, or other qualified national or foreign government agencies, along with a registration form from the city’s BacTrac system, online health declaration form, S-pass permit, and a valid ID. More details here.

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Wondering what to see in Bacolod? Check the quick list below:

  • The Ruins
  • Negors Museum
  • San Sebastian Church
  • Mambukal Resort
  • Manokan Country

Tacloban City

Tacloban also opened its borders to tourists, in a condition that minimum public health standards must still be followed, including wearing of face mask, maintaining physical distance, and observing cough etiquette and proper hygiene. For fully vaccinated individuals, present your vaccination card/certificate upon arrival. More details here.

Add the following tourist spots to your gala list:

  • Cuatro Islas Island Hopping
  • San Juanico Bridge
  • La Villa Francisco Mountain Resort
  • Sto Ninno Shrine & Heritage Museum
  • Red Beach

Maasin City

Local tourism is back at its feet in Maasin City, welcoming local and foreign visitors who can present proof of complete vaccination. Besides the vax certificate, travelers must also submit a valid ID, a letter of acceptance from the city or municipality, and a QR code from their local contact tracing system. More about the requirements here.

  • Monte Cueva Shrine
  • Maasin Cathedral
  • Cagnituan Falls
  • Dongon Hillside Resort
  • Agas-Agas Zipline

RELATEDHow to register to ARK Maasin City portal QR code

Discover these wonderful destinations in Maasin City:

Zambales

Zambales has not entirely scrapped the swab test yet, requiring a negative Rapid Antigen Test (taken 24 hours prior to travel) to travelers whose final dose was administered at least a month before their arrival. Have more questions? See FAQs here.

Add these tourist spots to your itinerary:

  • Anawangin Cave
  • Nagsasa Cove
  • Crystal Beach Resorts
  • Mt Pinatubo Hike
  • El Kabayo Stables

Dumaguete

Guest who received their COVID-19 vaccine final dose for at least 14 days may enter the province by presenting their vaccination card or certificate, a negative antigen test result, and register via S-Pass. View more details on travel requirements here.

Don’t miss to visit these must-see spots in Dumaguete:

  • Apo Island
  • Pulangbato Falls
  • Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park
  • Puncak Tanawan Hike
  • St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral

Misamis Oriental

Misamis Oriental is among the list of local destinations that has scrapped the RT-PCR test as one of the travel requirements. However, travelers must secure and present their vaccination cards upon arrival in the province and follow the minimum health standards.

Gala with friends/family/a certain ‘as a friend’ someone? Check out these tourist destinations:

  • Initao White Beaches
  • Balsa sa Laguindingan
  • Seven Seas Waterpark and Resort
  • Amaya View
  • Divine Mercy Shrine
  • Dahilayan Forest Park

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Tarlac

Pampanga

Nueva Ecija

Camiguin Island

Barangas

Oriental Mindoro

Camarines Norte

Guimaras

Negros Occidental

Palawan

Naga City

Ormoc City

Calbayog City

Mati, Davao Oriental

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Have a safe trip!