Check out the Updated Batanes Travel Requirements for 2022

COVID Batanes Travel Requirements – Arriving Local Passengers: This is the updated advisory for local or domestic passengers arriving at Basco Airport (BSO). If you’re looking for more information about COVID travel requirements in going to Basco and the Province of Batanes, we’ve got you covered!

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Travel Permission and Community Level Alert

Updated: October 1, 2022
Alert Level 1: October 1 to 15, 2022

Here are the health and COVID Batanes travel requirements:

All Inbound Passengers
(Returning Residents, APORs, LSIs, Returning Patients)
– Valid ID
– Letter/ Certificate of Acceptance
– Approved S-PASS 
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Batanes Travel Requirements for Tourists

The province of Batanes is a top tourist destination in the Philippines, known for its stunning scenery and serene atmosphere. However, in order to protect its citizens and visitors from the spread of COVID-19, the Department of Tourism (DOT) has implemented certain travel requirements for those wishing to visit the province.

To travel to Batanes, all visitors are required to present a valid COVID-19 vaccination card or certification. In addition, all visitors must have an Approved Travel Permit from S-PaSS and a Certificate of Acceptance from the Provincial Tourism Office (PTO). A confirmed booking with a DOT-accredited tour operator is also required.

In addition, all visitors must complete a Health Declaration Assessment Waiver prior to arriving in Batanes. This waiver can be obtained from the DOT-accredited tour operator that is arranging your trip.

For more information on the travel requirements to Batanes, please visit the DOT website at

Guidelines for Visitors when Traveling to Batanes

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has released guidelines for tourists traveling to the province of Batanes. Only full-vaccinated tourists are allowed, and those below five (5) years old, ineligible for vaccination, and not fully vaccinated are strictly restricted. The maximum number of tourists per week is fifty (50), and all tourists must book through a DOT-accredited accommodation, PGB-tour guide, and DOT-accredited tour operator. Strictly no DIY (Do-It-Yourself) is allowed. The Oplan COVID Defense Protocol for Arriving Passengers at Basco Airport shall be observed at all times, with the wearing of face masks and social distancing encouraged at all times except when eating. Mingling with locals not included in the itinerary is discouraged.

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Covid Batanes Travel Requirements

COVID Batanes Travel Requirements according to Philippine Airlines Advisory:

Batanes Travel Requirements for Returning Residents, APORs, LSIs. Returning Patients

  • Valid ID
  • Letter/ Certificate of Acceptance 
    • A certificate of Acceptance (COA) is required upon booking a flight. To apply for a COA, the following information must be submitted to the official facebook page of Basco Travel Acceptance
      • Hometown / Assigned Municipality 
      • Complete name
      • Purpose of Travel to Basco 
      • Intended Airline 
      • Name of Hotel Quarantine Facility (if non, you will be assigned in a government quarantine facility) 
      • Work/Travel Order from your agency/company (applicable for government and private employee) 
      • Age, Birthday and Gender 
      • Contact Information 
      • Address in Batanes 
      • Address in the point of Origin 
      • Vaccination Card 
      •  Line of Work 

Batanes Travel Requirements for Tourists

  • Proof of Vaccination
    • (5 yrs old and below, those ineligible for vaccination or any person not fully vaccinated, SHALL NOT BE ACCEPTED)
  • Booking at any DOT-accredited local tour operators to facilitate their acceptance and manage their tour in the province.
  • Certificate of Acceptance issued by PGO HERITAGE AND TOURISM SECTION (mailto:[email protected]
  • Approved S-PASS  

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COVID Batanes Travel Requirements for Arriving Local Passengers Disclaimer: Please note that there may be multiple travel requirements for each destination on national and provincial levels. These rules are subject to change by the issuing local government authority and are issued for our passengers and the public’s safety. As these requirements may change at short notice, the advisories above serve as a general guide.

Philippine Airlines’ Disclaimer: Per PAL’s Conditions of Carriage, the passenger is solely responsible for verifying and complying with all applicable government laws/regulations of all destinations/countries to be flown from, to, or through. PAL shall not be liable for the passenger’s failure to comply with said laws/regulations, or for any aid or information given here or by a PAL agent or employee in connection with said laws/regulations.

About Batanes:

The province of Batanes is an archipelagic province in the Philippines, part of the Cagayan Valley. It is considered to be the northernmost province in the country and the smallest both in terms of population and land area. Basco, located on Batan Island, is the capital.

Batanes is notable for its breathtaking vistas of nature’s marvels such as vast rolling hills, breathtaking cliffs and beaches, magnificent lighthouses, lovely views of the Pacific Ocean, and the most caring people you’ll ever meet.

The island group is located about 162 kilometers north of the Luzon mainland and approximately 190 kilometers south of Taiwan (Pingtung County), separated from the Babuyan Islands of Cagayan Province by the Balintang Channel, Taiwan, by the Bashi Channel, and Taiwan by the Bashi Channel.

Since 2001, the government has been working on the site’s inscription, creating museums and conservation efforts. Since 2012, the Philippine government has included seven intangible cultural heritage components in its initial inventory. The elements are currently being considered for inclusion in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists.

The population of Batanes in the 2020 census was 18,831 people, with a density of 86 inhabitants per square kilometer or 220 inhabitants per square mile. The Ivatans are the indigenous people of Batanes who share ancient cultural and linguistic roots with the Babuyan on Babuyan Island and Tao people of Orchid Island.

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