After a few years of hustling, it’s about time to quiet down in the culture-rich municipality of Sagada. We’re ready for it all: The cool breeze and ethereal mountains, the limestone caves and hanging coffins, the sea of clouds and picturesque coffee breaks. At long last, Sagada travel requirements have eased, finally allowing fully vaccinated domestic tourists to enter its premises.
Sagada travel overview
Sagada has relaxed its travel requirements for domestic tourists. As of 9 Feb 2022, Mountain Province is under Alert Level 3 with no special restrictions. Read on to learn more about the latest Sagada travel requirements.
Who can travel to Sagada?
Under the IATF guidelines for Alert Level 3, all travellers are subject to “reasonable restrictions” imposed by the local authorities. All fully vaccinated tourists may enter Sagada, provided they bring complete and valid travel requirements. Only children under 12 years old are exempted from the vaccination prerequisite.
Note that all public transportation groups bound to Sagada are temporarily suspended until further notice. Day tours are also currently prohibited. All tourists — even APORs and those just passing through — must stay at least overnight in Sagada. APORs must present a travel order at the border.
COVID-19 health and safety protocols
While Sagada is now mostly open for tourism, the province continues to adhere to health and safety protocols. Here are the Sagada travel protocols and guidelines you must remember while under Alert Level 3.
- Social distancing, wearing face masks, and regular handwashing are expected.
- Indoor and outdoor contact sports are prohibited.
- Funfairs and venues with live voice or wind-instrument performers (e.g. kid amusement parks, concerts, karaoke bars) may not operate.
- Tourist attractions, meeting halls, personal care establishments, restaurants, and other recreational establishments may only operate up to their 30% indoor and 50% outdoor venue capacity.
- The caves, waterfalls, Kiltepan Viewpoint, and Lake Danum are currently closed.
- Tourists must bring their tourist ID to enter attractions. For more information about available tour packages, click here.
Sagada travel requirements
To enter Sagada, take the Dantay-Sagada road. When exiting, take the Sagada South Road. Plan your ETA between 8am to 5pm to prevent delays in checking requirements. Upon arrival at the Pegeo Control Point, you will be asked to present the following documents:
- Vaccination card (for those 12 years old and above). Learn how to get your digital vaccination certificate from VaxCertPH here.
- Negative COVID-19 test result. You may take a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) valid for 24 hours or an RT-PCR test valid for 48 hours prior to entry.
- If RAT is taken outside Sagada, you need an official receipt (OR) of the RAT from the medical government office (RHU, City Health Office, MHO, PHO) or any Philippine hospital.
- Alternatively, you may take a RAT at the Pegeo Border Control (open from 8am to 5pm daily). Each test costs ₱960.
- Registration Summary or QR Code from Umali Kayo Registration Portal. Tourists of all ages must register here two days prior to arrival.
- To successfully register for Umali Kayo Registration Portal, travellers must secure a one-night booking in a DOT-accredited and LGU-certified accommodation establishment.
- Your accommodation should give you a passcode to register in the Umali Kayo Registration Portal. Each passcode will accommodate up to two people.
- Print your Registration Summary and generate your QR code. Each traveller must have their individual QR code.
Once you are cleared by the triage station, proceed to the Tourism Hub. Here, you will be asked to pay a registration fee of ₱100 (alternatively, you may pay this at the Tourist Information Office). Upon registration, tourists will be provided with a tourist kit and a tourist ID. The ID will serve as a pass when entering various sites. Finally, you can proceed to your accommodation.
Where to stay in Sagada
You may only book your accommodation at certain lodgings in Sagada. As of writing, here is a list of the establishments provided with a Certificate of Authority to Operate (CAO) issued by the DOT:
- Ayeona’s Homestay
- Gina’s Homes
- George Guest House
- Isabelo’s Inn & Cafe
- Inandako’s Bed & Breakfast
- Masferre Country Inn
- Sagada Homestay Inn
- Glydee’s Lodging Home
- Clairence Inn
- Woodhouse Transient House
- Lodge Labanet
- Kenlibed Inn
- St. Joseph Resthouse
- Residential Lodge
- Grandma’s Yellow House
- Martha’s Hearth
- Kadpay Lodge
- 7J’s Homestay
- Baey Bogan
- Amlangan Lodge
- Kanip-aw Pines View Lodge
- Agape Log Cabin
- Nuestra Hogar Lodge
- Sagada Guesthouse
- Ming-ayen Lodge
- Sagada Sunrise View Homestay
- Ina’s Sagada Homestay
- Rock Inn and Cafe
- Big Dipper
- Rusty Nail Inn & Cafe
- Ligaya’s House and Cottages
- Bangaan BnB and Coffee House
- Hide Away House
- Sagada Blue Mountain Cabins
- Bilza Sagada Lodge and Resto
- Sagada Cave Pension House
- Sagada Heritage Village
- Misty Lodge and Cafe
- Mas-in’s Homestay
- Mapia-aw Pension Inn
- Pilgrim’s Haven
- Balai Igorot
- Aniduwan Lodge
- Younganaut Lodge
- Sunhaus Homestay
- Sagada Transient House
Also read: 10 Airbnbs in Sagada We Can’t Wait to Book
Sagada travel resources
For more information and other official Sagada-related travel updates, you may visit these links:
- The Philippines Official Website
- Umali Kayo Official Website
- Municipality of Sagada Official Facebook Page
- Municipality of Sagada Official Instagram Page
Planning to explore more local destinations? Check out more of our COVID-19 travel guides:
- Siargao Travel Requirements for Domestic Tourists
- Boracay Travel Requirements for Domestic Travellers
- Baguio Travel Requirements for Fully Vaccinated Tourists
- Camiguin Travel Requirements for Domestic Tourists
- Bohol Travel Requirements for Domestic Tourists
- La Union Travel Requirements for Domestic Tourists
- Batangas Travel Requirements for Domestic Tourists
- Baler Travel Requirements for Domestic Tourists
- Ilocos Sur Travel Requirements for Domestic Tourists
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