Ever since travel restrictions in the country eased up, I often get asked “Is La Union open for tourists already?”. Five months ago, I wrote a post about this. Back then, only residents from Region 1 and Baguio are allowed to visit. Yesterday, I decided to call the hotline of the province to inquire if people from places other than Region 1 and Baguio are already allowed.
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Is La Union Open for Tourists?
The person from the La Union hotline said tourists from other areas are already allowed in La Union, provided they comply with the requirements.
What Are The Requirements For Tourists Visiting La Union?
The following are the requirements for tourists:
- LU Health Declaration Form or any pass that may be required by the Department of Tourism
- Government-issued ID
- Travel authority from Philippine National Police
- Negative RT-PCR or Antigen test results. 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. Hotels also require this upon check-in.
- Booking confirmation from the hotel/accommodation establishment
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.
Are Restaurants in San Juan Open Already?
I haven’t gone out yet since I got back from QC last week because I’m doing voluntary isolation. But before I left, there are plenty of restaurants that are already back in operation. I made a post three months ago 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 Fridays and Saturdays for now.
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.
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.
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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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