Over the years, the municipality of Sagada in the Mountain Province has attracted tourists especially on weekends. Travel agencies from Manila started offering inexpensive group tours during weekends that led to overcrowding in top Sagada tourist spots. But then the pandemic arrived, and Sagada temporarily closed its borders to tourists in order to protect its residents. But, with the closure of Sagada, many residents who work in the tourism industry, such as local guides, café and restaurants owners, homestay owners, and weavers, have lost their livelihood. Late last year, Sagada finally opened its doors to tourists after a long hiatus. And early this year, new rules were imposed. If you are planning to visit Sagada soon, here’s the list of Sagada travel requirements for 2022.
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SAGADA TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS FOR TOURISTS
Here’s the latest Sagada travel requirements for 2022. Both vaccinated tourists and partially and unvaccinated tourists can now enter Sagada. Children 11 years old and below are exempted from the following requirements:
SAGADA TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS FOR VACCINATED TOURISTS
1.BOOKED ACCOMMODATION. All travelers must book at least 1 night accommodation from DOT-accredited and LGU-certified establishments. Your accommodation should provide you with an access code that you need to proceed with the online registration. See next requirement below.
You can check out the room rates and book your Sagada accommodation through the link below. Or check out the list of Sagada accommodations below.
Important: Bookings must be made at least 2 days prior to arrival.
2.UMALI KAYO QR CODE. Sign up at Umali Kayo Registration –>HERE. Register at least 2 days prior to your travel date. You must present the QR Code / registration confirmation in Umali Kayo registration system. Your code should contain the letters CN, followed by 6 numbers (e.g CN 345678). Each code will accommodate up to 2 persons. For example, you are 4 in a group, then you need 2 codes.
Important: The registration portal is only open from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily.
3.VACCINATION CARD. Vaccinated tourists must present a vaccination card showing you are fully vaccinated.
SAGADA TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS FOR UNVACCINATED TOURISTS AND PARTIALLY VACCINATED TOURISTS
1.BOOKED ACCOMMODATION. You must book at least 1 night accommodation from DOT-accredited and LGU-certified establishments. Your accommodation should provide you with an access code that you need to proceed with the online registration. See next requirement below.
2.UMALI KAYO QR CODE. Sign up at Umali Kayo Registration. Register at least 2 days prior to your travel date. You must present the QR Code / registration confirmation in Umali Kayo registration system.
3.NEGATIVE RAPID ANTIGEN TEST RESULT. All partially vaccinated and unvaccinated tourists must present a negative Covid test result valid up to 1 day from the date of release.
- Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) may be conducted at the Pegeo Border Control Point in Sagada for ₱600 ($11) per test. Open daily from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM only.
- If you’re taking the Rapid Antigen Test outside Sagada, it must be with an official receipt (OR) from any of the following:
Any medical government office (RHU, City Health Office, MHO, PO)
Any Philippine Hospital.
4.REGISTRATION FEE. After undergoing triage on your arrival in Sagada, all tourists must pay the ₱100 ($2) registration fee at the Tourism Information Office or Tourism Hub in Sagada. You will be provided a tourist kit which includes informative documents that may aid in your travel in Sagada. Also, you will be provided a tourist ID for identification purposes, carry this with you at all times when exploring and visiting Sagada tourist spots. It will serve as your pass to be able to enter sites included in your Sagada itinerary or Sagada tour package.
IMPORTANT: All tourists arriving must present the accomplished Sagada travel requirements stated above, e.g.QR Code, Vaccination Card, Covid 19 Negative Test Result, and booked accommodation confirmation.
All tourists must undergo triage.
Currently, day trips aren’t allowed in Sagada. You must stay for at least 1 night in Sagada.
If you are an APOR traveling to Sagada, please select APOR as your purpose of visit when you register at Umali Kayo website. Don’t forget your travel order. Also, you won’t be allowed to tour. If you plan tour Sagada while you are there, you have to register as a tourist and comply with the Sagada travel requirements for tourists.
HOW TO GO TO SAGADA
Tourists visiting Sagada by private vehicles and public transportation are now allowed.
Sagada by Private Vehicle
Below are your Sagada route options, depending on when you are coming from.
1.Manila -> Baguio – >Halsema Highway ->Sagada Route
For detailed direction from Manila to Sagada via Baguio, refer to Google Maps, CLICK HERE.
If you are only coming from Baguio to Sagada, CLICK HERE for directions.
If you’ll be using this route and will only be passing through Baguio and Benguet, you are required to register HERE.
If you’ll be staying in Baguio before traveling to Sagada or you’ll be staying in Baguio after Sagada. Check out my Baguio Travel blog below.
ALSO READ: BAGUIO TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS
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2.Tagudin -> Cervantes -> Sabangan -> Dantay -> Sagada Route
If you’ll be using the Tagudin route, check directions HERE.
3.Nueva Ecija -> Nueva Vizcaya -> Ifugao -> Mountain Province Route
If coming from Nueva Ecija, use this route HERE.
Tabuk Mountain Province Route
If coming from the Northern Regions, take this route HERE.
- Plan your trip accordingly to make sure your arrival in Sagada is around 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, otherwise, you will not be allowed to enter since the triage and the Tourism Hub that will check the Sagada travel requirements is still closed. You will wait until the next day when the triage is open.
- Sagada travel requirements will be checked at Pegeo border control. Then you will be referred to the Sagada tourism hub after.
- At the Sagada Tourism Hub, you will be provided tourist ID and tourist kit, which you need to wear or carry with you when you enter major Sagada tourist spots. Registration fee is ₱100 ($2).
- All tourists will undergo triage.
- To avoid delays, all tourists entering Sagada are advised to take the Dantay-Sagada Road and Sagada South Road when exiting.
Sagada by Public Transportation
Tourists arriving by private vehicles and public transportation are now allowed in Sagada.
Manila (Cubao) – Sagada
1.Ride a Coda Bus from Manila to Sagada via Banaue and Bontoc.
Coda Bus terminal is located at Monte de Piedad Street in Cubao, Quezon City. The bus leaves daily from Cubao. Bus fare starts at ₱760 ($15) to ₱980 ($19). Travel time is roughly 12 hours. You can book online at their official website: codalinesph.com
MANILA TO SAGADA BUS: BOOK HERE
Here’s the Coda Bus Line Bus Schedule:
|QUEZON CITY (MANILA) TO SAGADA||SAGADA TO QUEZON CITY (MANILA)|
|09:00 PM||02:00 PM|
2. Manila – Baguio – Sagada Route
*Schedules are subject to change without prior notice.
- CODA LINES Terminal Quezon City
- HM Transport, INC
- Monte de Piedad corner Maryland Street, Cubao Quezon City
- Contact #: +63 927 559 2197 / +63 929 521 3229
Alternatively, you can also reach Sagada via Baguio. However, if you are passing through Baguio, you need to accomplish the Baguio travel requirements for Passing through travelers.
1.Ride a bus to Baguio. There are several bus lines that travel to Baguio, such as Victory Liner, Joy Bus (Executive Coach Bus by Genesis Transport), Dangwa Transit, Philippine Rabbit, Dagupan Bus, Saulog Bus, etc. Travel time from Manila to Baguio is roughly 5-6 hours, depending on traffic.
Manila to Baguio Bus: BOOK HERE
2.Take a cab to Baguio Dangwa Terminal and ride a GL Bus Trans Line. Buses depart to Sagada and ends in Ambasing (Sagada), or Besao (Mountain Province). Travel time is approximately 5 hours and 30 minutes. First trip is around 5:30 AM and last trip is 1:00 PM, so make sure to catch the last bus.
|BAGUIO TO SAGADA DEPARTURE||BUS FARE|
|05:30 AM Baguio Sagada Besao||₱220 ($4.29)|
|08:30 AM Baguio Sagada Ambasing||₱220 ($4.29)|
|09:30 AM Baguio Sagada Besao||₱220 ($4.29)|
|10:30 AM Baguio Sagada Besao||₱220 ($4.29)|
|11:30 AM Baguio Sagada Ambasing||₱220 ($4.29)|
|01:00 PM Baguio Sagada Besao||₱220 ($4.29)|
Alternatively, you may also catch a cab to Slaughter House. Lizardo Bus has daily trips from Baguio to Sagada, first trip is around 9:00 AM.
Important: Sagada isn’t the last stop of the bus, you can ask the driver or verify with other passengers if the stop-over is already Sagada.
SAGADA TOUR PACKAGE
Take note that upon arrival in Sagada, all tourists are required to pay the ₱100 ($2) registration fee, a tourist kit and tourist ID will be provided. The tourist ID will serve as a pass when entering the tourists spots in Sagada. Some sites like Sumaguing Cave requires a local guide. When hiring a guide, remember that 1 guide is good for up to 5 persons, so, you can save if you are traveling in a group. You can hire a guide at Saggas or at Sagada Tourism Office.
If you’d like to avail of the Sagada Tour Package, here’s the current Saada tour package rate as of 2022. The tour package includes 1 guide, good for up to 5 persons. Meaning, the tour rate below is good for 5 persons already.
|SAGADA TOUR||TOURIST SPOTS||TOUR RATE||DURATION|
|(Matangkib Exit)||Echo Valley||₱1,200 ($23.41)||4-5 hours|
|Sagada Hanging Coffins|
|The First Bell|
|PAYTOKAN WALK||Same as above||₱1,200 ($23.41)||4-5 hours|
|PAYTOKAN WALK||Same as above||₱1,200 ($23.41)||4-5 hours|
|NABAS-ANG TO AMPACAO TRAIL||Mt.Ampacao Vantage Point||₱2,150 ($42)||4-5 hours|
|LAMAGAN TO BLUE SOIL (Sunrise Trek)||Lamagan (Marlboro Hill)||₱3,100 ($60.48)||4-5 hours|
|LAMAGAN TO BLUE SOIL (Day Hike)||Same as above||₱3,100 ($60.48)||4-5 hours|
WHERE TO STAY IN SAGADA
At least 1 night stay is required when traveling to Sagada, because you need the code from your accommodation to register online as part of the Sagada travel requirements. And you need to book in advance (at least 2 days before your trip) and get a code to register at Umali Kayo website. Make sure to book only at DOT-accredited and LGU -certified accommodations. You can book through the link below and contact the Sagada inn/homestay/guesthouse after you’ve book to get the tourist code.
- Isabello’s Inn and Café
- Location: Sagada Central
- BOOK HERE
- Kanip-aw Pines View Lodge
- Location: Sagada Central
- BOOK HERE
Here’s a list of DOT-accredited and LGU-certified Sagada Homestay and Inns:
|Sagada Central||Contact Number|
|Ayeona’s Homestay||+63 977 206 0185||[email protected]|
|Baey Bogan||+63 906 056 2773||N/A|
|Clairence Inn||+63 963 740 2733||N/A|
|Inandako’s Bed and Breakfast||+63 927 784 6866||[email protected]|
|Isabello’s Inn and Cafe||+63 926 257 4861||[email protected]|
|George Guesthouse||+63 999 774 9696||N/A|
|Gina’s Home||+63 920 272 0085||[email protected]|
|Glydee’s Lodging Home||+63 927 299 7163||[email protected]|
|Grandma’s Yellow House||+63 928 382 5027|
|Kadpay Lodge||+63 963 429 6292||[email protected]|
|Kenlibad Inn||+63 995 013 1543||N/A|
|Lodge Labanet||+63 920 948 3133||[email protected]|
|Martha’s Hearth||Temporarily closed||for repairs|
|Masferre Country Inn||+63 917 431 5225||[email protected]|
|Residential Lodge||+63 917 679 0060||N/A|
|Sagada Homestay||+63 927 980 2492||[email protected]|
|St. Joseph Resthouse||+63 956 146 8899||[email protected]|
|Woodhouse Transient House||+63 915 600 3817||N/A|
|7J’s Homestay||+63 955 541 7148||[email protected]|
|Aniduwan Lodge||+63 920 916 7305||[email protected]|
|Balai Igorot||+63 961 258 1025||N/A|
|Big Dipper||+63 999 303 0008||[email protected]|
|Bilza Sagada Lodge & Resto||+63 998 536 4978||[email protected]|
|Hideaway House||+63 999 199 9629||[email protected]|
|Ina’s Sagada Homestay||+63 918 743 2221||N/A|
|Ligaya’s House and Cottages||+63 977 198 1703||[email protected]|
|Mapia-aw Pension Inn||+63 999 966 6164||N/A|
|Mas-in’s Homestay||+63 915 610 9395||[email protected]|
|Misty Lodge and Cafe||+63 905 183 8963||N/A|
|Pigrim’s Haven||+63 947 037 3219||N/A|
|Rock Inn and Café||+63 905 554 5950||[email protected]|
|Rusty Nail Inn and Café||+63 917 685 5804||[email protected]|
|Sagada Blue Mountain Cabins||+63 920 806 4307||[email protected]|
|Sagada Cave Pension House||+63 998 865 1846||N/A|
|Sagada Heritage Village||+63 921 219 8385||[email protected]|
|Sagada Sunrise View||+63 917 850 9015||[email protected]|
|Sunhaus Homestay||+63 956 851 6112||[email protected]|
|Younganaut Lodge||+63 915 128 9236||[email protected]|
DIY SAGADA ITINERARY
Here’s a sample Sagada itinerary. I used the public bus here for future reference. But if you’re using a private vehicle, you can just refer to the estimated departure time below. All tourists spots in Sagada are now open including Sumaguing Cave, Lumiang Cave, Bomod-ok Falls, Pongas Falls, and Lake Danum.
|DAY 1||Echo Valley + Sumaguing Cave|
|09:00 PM||Departure from Cubao Terminal (Coda Bus)|
|09:00 AM||ETA Sagada|
|Submit travel requirements for inspection.|
|Register and pay the ₱100 ($2) fee at Sagada Tourism.|
|10:00 AM||Hotel check-in. Leave luggage at hotel.|
|Freshen up. Early lunch.|
|11:00 PM||Paytokan Walk Tour Package|
|Mission Compound (St.Mary Church, The First Bell, Hydro-dam Wheels)|
|Sagada Hanging Coffins|
|03:00 PM||End of tour.|
|06:00 PM||End of spelunking|
|08:00 PM||Back at Accommodation.|
|DAY 2||Lamagan (Marlboro Hill) to Blue Soil Trail|
|04:30 AM||Depart for Lamagan (Marlboro Hill) by shuttle or hired jeep|
|05:00 AM||Start trekking|
|07:00 AM||Trek to Blue Soil Hill|
|11:00 AM||Back to accommodation. Freshen up.|
|01:00 PM||Ganduyan Inn Museum|
|04:00 PM||Chill at Lemon Pie House|
|05:00 PM||Back to Hotel. Freshen up. Chill|
|07:00 PM||Dinner at Log Cabin.|
|DAY 3||Sunrise Tour + Bomod-ok Falls|
|06:00 AM||Trek or jeep to Bomod-ok via Bangaan Rice Terraces (about 2 hours trek)|
|08:30 AM||ETA Bomod-ok Falls (Big Falls)|
|09:30 AM||Depart Bomod-ok Falls|
|11:30 PM||ETA Accomodation. Freshen up. Check out.|
|01:00 PM||Depart Sagada (via Baguio). Last trip.|
- Those who choose to travel are strongly advised to check the LGU health protocols regarding Covid-19 and take health conditions and personal comfort levels into consideration before departure.
- The Sagada Travel Requirements information above may change without prior notice. Please double check with the respective LGU.
- Please don’t touch coffins and burial sites.
- Please refrain from asking locals to wear their traditional clothing just for photos.
- As much as possible, please ask permission from taking photos of locals especially elders.
- Please avoid joining any rituals without permission from elders.
- Please refrain from making noises in the community especially on burial grounds, and other religious and sacred places.
- Dispose your trash properly.
- Leave what you find – rocks, plants, etc.