Is La Union Open For Tourists?

Last Updated on April 10, 2021 by Tina

Ever since travel restrictions in the country eased up, I often get asked “Is La Union open for tourists already?”. I wrote a post about this in July 2020. Back then, only residents from Region 1 and Baguio are allowed to visit. A year after the lockdown, is La Union open for tourism already?

Is La Union Open for Tourists?

As of the moment, travel to La Union for purposes of leisure and tourism is not allowed.  It shall remain in effect unless otherwise replaced by subsequent policies.

Update (April 10, 2021): The Provincial Government of La Union implemented Executive Order No. 10 Series of 2021 due to the increase of active cases in the province. Effective April 10, 2021, stricter border measures are implemented. Travel to La Union for tourism and leisure is not allowed. Those who have already booked on said travel dates must contact the travel agency where they have booked their travel plans for other alternative arrangements. 

Related Post: La Union Travel Requirements During the Pandemic

What Are The Requirements For Tourists Visiting La Union?

On February 26 the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) approved the uniform travel protocols for all local government units (LGUs). It states that travelers will no longer be required to present negative swab test results except if the LGU of destination will make it a requirement prior to travel. Also, medical certificates and travel authority are no longer required.

Related Post: RT-PCR Test in La Union: How to Book Online Appointment with ITRMC

The following are the La Union travel requirements for tourists for now*:

  1. NAPANAM QR Code which will be scanned in border controls
  2. Valid ID
  3. Negative RT-PCR test results for those coming from GCQ, MECQ, and ECQ areas. The result must be within 3 days before the actual arrival in La Union. Tourists will not be allowed to enter the province if they don’t have this.
  4. Booking confirmation from the hotel/accommodation establishment

*As of the moment, tourism and leisure-related travel to La Union is not allowed. You can check the travel requirements to La Union for other purposes in my new post: La Union Travel Requirements During the Pandemic.

Related Post: How to Generate NAPANAM QR Code

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What Hotels Are Now Open?

Many accommodation establishments in La Union are now open. The Department of Tourism encourages everyone to stay in accommodation establishments that were issued a Certificate of Authority to Operate (CAO) / Provisional Certificate of Authority to Operate (PCAO). You can check my post Hotels in San Juan, La Union That Are Now Open For Tourists for the list of accommodation establishments that were issued CAO/PCAO.

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Are Restaurants in San Juan Open Already?

Many restaurants are already back in operation. I made a post in September 2020 about the restaurants in San Juan that are already open. You can check this post: Restaurants in San Juan, La Union: Where to Eat in the New Normal.

You’re probably wondering if Flotsam ‘n Jetsam is now open. They are open on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 4:00 PM to 11:00 PM.

Related Post: Six Spots in La Union to Watch to Sunset

Are Surfing and Surfing Lessons Allowed?

Yes, surfing and surfing lessons are now allowed. The rate for an hour of surfing lesson is Php 500 (~US$10). You can contact Tikboy Surf at +639499500872 to book a lesson. You can also order a surfboard from them at a very affordable price.

Read also: 7 Mountains Near Metro Manila, Philippines for Easy Day Hike

Where to Buy Cheap Beer, Cigarette, and Grocery Items?

Since I helped you with info on visiting La Union, I might as well advertise our shop. You can buy things you need during your vacation here at TBX General Merchandise. We have most of the things you need, including sunblock, face masks, and alcohol. The shop is open from 10:00 AM to 12 noon and 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Mondays to Saturdays. We are located across Dampa sa San Juan.

Please respect the rules of the establishments you’re going to visit here. Remember to observe the minimum health standards at all times. Observe physical distancing. Avoid crowded places. Wash your hands regularly. Wear a face mask properly. Let us help stop the spread of the virus.

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33 thoughts on “Is La Union Open For Tourists?”

  1. Hi! Family and I are planning to visit La union on Feb. I was just wondering how to secure an acceptance letter from La Union so I could include it in the requirements for travel authority from PNP. thanks

  2. hi! planning to go LU. do we need to bring the medical clearance certificate when going to LU? or Travel Authority only will do na?

    1. As per the guidelines, the requirements are LU health declaration form, ID, travel authority, negative rt-pcr or antigen results and booking confirmation

  3. Hello po ask ko lang po sana anong need kung pupunta jan para may kunin lang na gamit sa bahay tas uuwi din po same day

      1. Hi! My husband is residence of LU and he’s working here in Manila. Now, we decided to stay in LU for good. Is that okay? We just need to submit the said requirements?

        1. Hi. Yes. There is a new EO regarding travel to La Union. For La Union residents traveling back to La Union, you need to present Napanam QR Code, negative rt-pcr test result issued within the last 30 days and govt ID indicating residence or any equivalent document showing proof of residence.

  4. We are going back home to Bani Rosario LU & we will quarantine in Manila for 6 days. When we arrive to LU, do we quarantine for 8 days (total 14 days since arriving in PI) or will we have to quarantine a full 14 days in LU? Thank you for your advice.

    1. Hi. As per the new guidelines, the requirements for those returning from overseas are the NAPANAM QR code, passport, Bureau of Quarantine Certificate and negative RT-PCR results issued within 3 days before actual arrival in La Union. You can contact the Covid hotline of the province at 0945 283 5067 regarding the quarantine question

  5. Hi I just want to verify if you already allowing tourist in La Union. I’m coming from Angeles City. What are the requirements. Pls. Reply . Thank you

    1. Hi. As of the moment, only residents of La Union are allowed entry into the province. This is until April 15. Please wait for further announcement if they are going to resume with letting tourists in after that date.

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