Dumaguete is now accepting tourists, and there’s good news for fully-vaccinated tourists, RT-PCR Test is no longer required! That will save a few bucks when traveling to Dumaguete and Negros Oriental. To help you plan your trip to Dumaguete, here’s a list of Dumaguete and Negros Oriental travel requirements for 2022.
DUMAGUETE TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS FOR FULLY VACCINATED TOURISTS
- Valid Government-Issued ID. You must present a valid government issued ID, such as driver’s license, passport, Senior Citizen ID, etc. Make sure it’s not yet expired.
- Vaccination Card/Vaccination Certificate. Fully vaccinated tourist must present a vaccination card with QR Code or with contact details of your City Health Office (CHO)/Municipality Health Unit (MHU) as it is needed for the validation of your vaccination card. If your vaccination card doesn’t have a QR Code or contact details, then, you must present a valid Vaccination Certificate from DOH, DICT. You can do this by downloading the vaccination certificate through the following website, vaxcert.doh.gov.ph.
- Photocopy of both Requirements. Make sure to bring a photocopy of both your valid ID and vaccination card/vaccination certificate with your contact information because this will be given to the border control authorities upon your arrival for contact tracing purposes.
Fully vaccinated means it’s been 2 weeks or more since you’ve received the 2nd dose of a 2-dose series vaccine (e.g, Pfizer, Moderna, Astrazeneca, Sinovac/Coronavac, Sinopharm) or it’s been 2 weeks since you’ve been injected with a single dose vaccine (e.g., Janssen, Sputnik V Light).
Vaccination Certificate is only required for Fully Vaccinated Tourists with Vaccination Card that doesn’t have a QR Code or contact details of the City Health Office (CHO)/Municipality Health Unit (MHU). If your Vaccination Card has a QR Code or contact details of the CHO or MHU, then the vaccination card will suffice, no need for the vaccination certificate.
DUMAGUETE TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS FOR UNVACCINATED OR PARTIALLY VACCINATED TOURISTS
- Valid Government-Issued ID. You must present a valid (not expired) government issued ID, such as passport, driver’s license, SSS Card, Senior Citizen ID, etc.
- Negative Antigen Test. It must be from a DOH-accredited laboratory issued within 48 hours before your departure.
- Photocopy of both Requirements. Bring a photocopy of both your valid ID and vaccination card/vaccination certificate with your contact information and hand it to the border control authorities upon your arrival for contact tracing purposes.
Do not present a fake ID, vaccination card or vaccination certificate, or fake antigen test result. Visitors who will present fake/falsified documents shall be dealt with applicable laws, ordinances, and guidelines.
HOW TO GET TO DUMAGUETE
- Manila to Dumaguete Flights
There are daily flights from Manila to Dumaguete City (Dumaguete-Sibulan Airport).
MANILA- DUMAGUETE FLIGHTS: BOOK HERE
- Cebu to Dumaguete Flights
Flights from Cebu to Dumaguete via Cebu Pacific Air and Philippine Airlines will resume on January 2022.
- MANILA TO DUMAGUETE BY FERRY
2GoTravel has highspeed ferry from Manila to Dumaguete. The ferry leaves every Monday 7:00 PM at Pier 4 in Manila and arrives in Dumaguete at 12:30 AM on Wednesday. You can check out the rates and book tickets through the link below.
MANILA- DUMAGUETE FERRY: BOOK HERE
- CEBU TO DUMAGUETE BY FERRY
There are ferries from Cebu to Dumaguete. Fare is approximately ₱1,600 ($32) for Open Air or Tourist Class and ₱2,400 ($48) for Business Class.
CEBU – DUMAGUETE FERRY : RESERVE HERE
- BOHOL TO DUMAGUETE BY FERRY
From Tagbilaran, Bohol, you can ride the fast craft/ferry to Dumaguete City. However, currently, it’s been cancelled due to non-issuance of clearance from IATF Negros Oriental.
BOHOL – DUMAGUETE FERRY: BOOK HERE
- SIQUIJOR TO DUMAGUETE FERRY
From Siquijor, there are fast craft/ferry bound for Dumaguete City. Travel time is about 50 minutes.
- DAPITAN TO DUMAGUETE FERRY
There are ferries that ply between Dapitan and Dumaguete. Travel time is roughly 3-4 hours. I’ve tried this a few times before and they’re pretty safe.
- CEBU TO DUMAGUETE BY BUS
From Cebu South Bus Terminal, take a Ceres bus bound for Dumaguete City. Travel time is roughly 6 hours and fare is about ₱360 ($7). That’s ₱275 (Ceres Bus) + ₱85 (Ferry).
- BACOLOD TO DUMAGUETE BY BUS
Take a Ceres bus bound for Dumaguete City at South Ceres Terminal in Bacolod City.
GETTING AROUND DUMAGUETE
From Dumaguete-Sibulan Airport take a tricycle or cab to downtown Dumaguete. There are also multi-cabs outside the airport en route to the city center.
If coming from Dumaguete Port, it’s walking distance to Dumaguete City proper. But if you are carrying heavy bags, just ride a tricycle to your hotel or destination.
WHERE TO STAY IN DUMAGUETE
For first timers in Dumaguete and Negros Oriental, here’s a list of some of the best tours in the province:
Dumaguete City Tour: RESERVE HERE
Manjuyod Sandbar and Dolphin Watching: BOOK HERE
Twin Lakes Tour: RESERVE HERE
Scuba Diving: BOOK HERE
Siquijor Tour: RESERVE HERE
|DAY 1||DUMAGUETE CITY TOUR + TWIN LAKES TOUR|
|09:00 AM||Depart for Balinsasayao Twin Lakes.|
|Explore Twin Lakes|
|11:00 AM||Head back to Dumaguete|
|01:00 PM||Head to Casaroro Falls + Pulang Bato Falls + Red Hot Spring|
|03:30 PM||ETD Dumaguete City|
|06:00 PM||Back to hotel. Freshen up.|
|DAY 2||BAIS DOLPHIN WATCHING + MANJUYOD SANDBAR TOUR|
|06:00 AM||Head to Capinahan Wharf|
|09:00 AM||Island hopping: Talabong Mangrove + Dolphin Watching + Manjuyod Sandbar|
|03:00 PM||ETD Dumaguete|
|07:00 PM||Dinner. Buy souvenir.|
|DAY 3||APO ISLAND|
|07:00 AM||Head to Apo Island.|
|09:00 AM||Apo Island tour.|
|03:00 PM||ETD Dumaguete|