BAGUIO CITY: The city government will require negative result of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) diagnostic test for all travelers entering the Summer Capital from October 3, 2020.
Mayor Benjamin Magalong issued this advisory “to mitigate and contain any further outbreak of Covid-19 cases and to allow our law enforcement and medical frontliners time to regroup their work force as we set out plans for the coming months.”
The mayor said requiring reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) or rapid antigen test is an additional safety measure aside from online registration and triage requirements to ensure travelers entering Baguio are virus-free.
The following travellers shall be guided to submit themselves for Covid-19 diagnostic testing: government officials and government frontline personnel who are not assigned to the Baguio-La Trinidad-Itogon-Sablan-Tuba and Tublay area; duly authorized humanitarian assistance actors and persons traveling for humanitarian, or medical reasons, their companions included; persons with indispensable or work-related jobs; and those whose travel purposes do not require regular or frequent entry to the city.
The above-mentioned sectors are required to present negative results of RT-PCR or rapid antigen tests conducted within 72 hours prior to their entry into the city, or they shall submit themselves for testing at the Central Triage and Testing Center located at the Baguio Convention Center.
Magalong clarified that counting of 72 hours is from the time of the swab test. If the person was able to enter Baguio beyond 72 hours from testing, he/she would ahve to undergo
another diagnostic test at the Central Triage.
Repatriated overseas Filipino workers and Filipinos returning from abroad shall still follow procedures set by the Overseas Workers Welfare Authority and the Department of Tourism.
Entry of domestic tourists shall be governed by implementing guidelines of the Ridge and Reef Travel Corridor project, the details of which are incorporated in their registration through the Visita website.
For returning Baguio residents, employees coming into the city for the first time since the implementation of the enhance community quarantine and non-resident students may opt to undergo 14-day quarantine under the supervision of their barangay (village) officials as an alternative to RT-PCR or rapid antigen testing.
Persons with indispensable or work-related travel purposes regularly passing through Baguio City checkpoints, who are holders of Covid Shield Travel Authority documents (with Inter-Region Work Clearance Certificates attached) or official travel orders as issued by their respective offices shall be required to submit themselves for RT-PCR or rapid antigen testing once a month.
All travelers are reminded that registration of Health Declaration Forms through hdf.baguio.gov.ph and triage protocols are still being required, with the exception of domestic tourists who shall register their necessary documents and itineraries at visita.baguio.gov.ph.