Last Updated on March 31, 2021 by Tina
Update (March 31, 2021): With the sudden increase of Covid-19 cases in the province, the Provincial Government of La Union implemented Executive Order No. 7 Series of 2021 from today until April 15, 2021. The said EO provides stricter border measures and suspends tourism and holy week activities of non-residents in the province. 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.
The Provincial Government of La Union (PGLU) just released new guidelines on tourism in the province. Starting April 5, La Union will be open to tourists from Luzon. However, tourists need to comply with the tourism guidelines of the province.
The PGLU adopted the Ridge and Reef Travel Corridor Plan as its strategy to revitalize the tourism industry of the province by promoting safe travel interconnectivity. The Province of La Union is now under Phase II of the Ridge and Reef Corridor. In this phase, tourists from Luzon shall be allowed entry to the identified tourist destinations in the province provided they comply with the tourism guidelines.
Tourism Guidelines for Non-Residents of La Union
Guidelines before traveling to La Union
Step 1: Plan your travel and arrange a tour with a DOT-Accredited La Union – Based Travel and Tour Operator.
Walk-in and Do It Yourself (DIY) tours are not allowed for non-residents of La Union. Tours and accommodation must be pre-arranged with a DOT-accredited local travel agency or tour operator. If not using a private vehicle, tourists must also pre-arrange transportation with the local travel agency or tour operator. This San Juan, La Union travel guide may help you in planning your trip to the province.
Hotel/resort staycation or workcation must also be coordinated with a DOT-accredited local travel agency or tour operator. In this set-up, the tourist shall not be allowed to leave the accommodation establishment. The tourist must coordinate with a DOT-accredited local travel agency or tour operator if he/she intends to tour around the province during the staycation/workcation.
Step 2: Register and schedule your visit at the Tara Na! VISITA (Visitor Information and Tourist Assistance) System
Tourists must register within a minimum of 5 working days before travel. Registration can be done at any time of the day and any day of the week. However, the approval of the application will be processed within 48 hours. The approval and denial of travel applications by the Tara Na! VISITA System Admin shall be every Monday to Friday from 8 AM – 5 PM only.
During registration, a government-issued ID, booking confirmation, and current photo in JPEG format must be uploaded. A negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours (3 days) prior to arrival is also required if coming from GCQ, MECQ, and ECQ areas. As an alternative to the Nasopharyngeal Swab RT-PCR test, saliva-based RT-PCR test result issued by Philippine Red Cross is accepted.
Step 3: Generate and save and/or print your QR Coded Tourist Pass (QTP)
Guidelines upon arrival at the La Union border checkpoint
Step 1: Proceed to the Tourism One Stop Shop (TOSS)
Present QTP and a government-issued ID for verification. Undergo the minimum clinical or health assessment supervised by medical personnel. Secure a Tourist Access Pass (TAP) when declared clear.
Step 2: Proceed to the pre-booked accommodation
Present QTP and TAP for digital check-in at the accommodation establishment (AE). Undergo temperature check, sanitation protocols, and mandated standard operating procedures. Coordinate with a local tour operator, tour guide, or the management of the AE if you wish to go out of the AE.
Step 3: Strictly follow the approved itinerary and present QTP in every tourism establishment and attraction
Tourists are not allowed to enter the establishment without QTP and TAP. They must comply with the minimum health standards at all times.
Guidelines in Case of Extended Tours
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Tourism Guidelines for Residents of La Union
- Residents of La Union from non-critical quarantine areas are allowed to visit tourist attractions in the province but must adhere to minimum health and safety standards.
- Residents may pre-book directly to the accommodation establishments.
Guidelines for Tourists Passing Through La Union
Step 1: Present government-issued ID and QTP or printed booking confirmation
All tourists from Luzon passing through La Union must present ID and QTP or printed booking confirmation at the TOSS.
Step 2: Get the Pass-Through Slip provided by the TOSS assistant upon entry to La Union
The Pass-Through Slip shall document the following:
- vehicle details
- number of persons inside the vehicle
- purpose of travel
- contact details
- date and time of entry to the province
Once cleared, tourists are given a maximum of three hours to cross the border of La Union. Tourists are not allowed to stop by any destination or attraction in the province other than the identified safe pitstops.
Step 3: Hand over the Pass-Through Slip at the exit checkpoint leaving the province
The pass-through duration will be validated. A justifiable reason must be provided in the event that the period to pass through exceeds the duration provided.
I hope you found this guide useful. Please observe the minimum health standards at all times. Observe physical distancing. Wash your hands regularly. Wear a face mask properly even though others are not doing it. Let us help stop the spread of the virus.
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