Baguio and Davao City now accept the entry of fully vaccinated tourists without presenting a negative coronavirus test result following the recent resolution issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).
The government's pandemic task force has eased rules on the interzonal travel of fully-vaccinated persons, including senior citizens.
According to the IATF Resolution 124-B, interzonal travelers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are now only required to present proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination instead of COVID-19 test results to enter certain areas.
The resolution also added that the vaccination requirement could only be accepted two weeks after the individual got the second dose of the vaccine.
However, tourists are reminded to observe health protocols strictly.
In a Facebook post on Monday, the city government of Baguio, together with the Baguio Tourism, explained that valid COVID-19 vaccination cards or certificates could be an alternative to a negative COVID-19 test result.
Vaccinated tourists will have to pre-register at visita.baguio.gov.ph, secure a QR-coded Tourist Pass, and then, upon arrival in the city, they must undergo a mandatory triage.
The city government said this is allowed "for all ages but only for those from GCQ (general community quarantine) and MGCQ (modified general community quarantine) areas."
However, individuals are only considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the Baguio City government noted.
Davao City eases travel restrictions
The city government of Davao has decided to allow the entry of full-vaccinated travelers without COVID-19 test results.
In Sarah Dutertes's weekly radio program, she said the city government would have to follow all orders from the national government concerning curbing the spread of COVID-19.
"As has been long agreed, we will follow all issuances of the national government so that the people will not get confused," she said.
But the mayor clarified that based on the IATF resolution, the order only covered travel within areas with more lax quarantine classification.
She added that she would refer the issue before the city council to make the necessary amendments to the ordinance requiring inbound travelers from other regions to present negative RT-PCR results upon entering the city.