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.
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.
The following are the La Union travel requirements for tourists for now*:
- NAPANAM QR Code which will be scanned in border controls
- Valid ID
- 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.
- 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.
Never Miss An Update About Elyu
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?
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.
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.
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.
I hope you found this post useful. Leave a message below for any inquiries or suggestions. Subscribe to my blog if you don’t want to miss any of my posts, especially Elyu updates. And please follow my Facebook page @iwentanyways and like my Instagram accounts @iwentanyways and @tnadeperalta for updates.