September 27, 2020

The Department of Tourism (DOT) Releases Guidelines for Staycations in Areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ)


Areas under GCQ until October 31, 2020: Metro Manila, Province of Batangas, Bacolod City, Iloilo City, Tacloban City, and Iligan City



Through this article, we will respond to some of the questions we frequently receive from our readers and followers on social media. We will constantly update this article with more Q&A so make sure you bookmark this page.

Q1: Can I do a staycation outside Metro Manila?
  • If you are a resident of Metro Manila, no, you can not do a staycation in a GCQ-area outside Metro Manila such as Batangas.
  • As stated in Administrative Order No. 2020-006, Guests may Staycation in Accommodation Establishments located in the same province as their residence. For this purpose, the National Capital Region shall be considered a province.

Q2: Which hotels are allowed to accommodate guests for staycations?
  • As stated in Administrative Order No. 2020-006, the only hotels that can accommodate guests for staycations are:
    • Those that are not concurrently being used as quarantine or isolation facilities for repatriated OFWs or returning overseas Filipinos or as quarters for health workers.
    • Those that have been granted a four (4) or five (5) Star Rating by the DOT.
    • Those granted Certificates of Authority to Operate for Staycations (CAOS) by the DOT.

Q3: Can I book an Airbnb or a condo unit for staycations?
  • No, you can't. As stated above, only hotels with 4-Star or 5-Star rating by the DOT, and those with granted with CAOS by the DOT can accept guests for staycations.

Q4: Can I do a staycation with my barkada or work colleagues?
  • No, you can't. As stated in Administrative Order No. 2020-002-B, Only couples or family members who share the same household may be allowed to share rooms.
  • Additionally, Guests shall be required to present proof of residency such as a government or company ID with a residential address.

Q5: Can I bring my children during a staycation?
  • Yes, you can bring your children. As stated in Administrative Order No. 2020-006, Individuals of all ages, except those with comorbidities or are currently pregnant, are permitted to go on Staycation
  • As mentioned earlier, Guests shall be required to present proof of residency such as a government or company ID with a residential address.

Q6: How many persons can share a room during a staycation?
  • As stated in Administrative Order No. 2020-006, The maximum allowable guests staying in a guestroom at a given time shall be determined by the floor area of the guestroom:
    • up to 20sqm: 1 or 2 persons from the same household
    • 21 to 29sqm: 2 persons
    • 30 to 39sqm: 3 persons
    • 40 to 49sqm: 4 persons
    • 50sqm and above: 5 persons

Q7: Am I required to provide a medical certificate upon check-in?
  • UPDATE: According to the Philippine News Agencyguests shall be required to present a negative result from a rapid antigen test conducted on the same day of check-in.

Q8: What other documents are required to be presented upon check-in?
  • Please prepare a government or company ID.
  • If you are sharing a room with a family member, you are required to provide proof of residence such as a government or a company ID with a residence address.

Q9: Are we allowed to use the swimming pool during a staycation?
  • Subject to the Health and Safety Guidelines under Administrative Order No. 2020-002-B, the following facilities are allowed to operate:
    • restaurants (excluding bars)
    • gym/fitness center
    • swimming pool

Q10: When can I book my staycation?
  • As of this writing, hotels are now undergoing an audit with the DOT. As soon as a hotel is granted a Certificate of Authority to Operate for Staycations (CAOS), it can already accept bookings for staycations. 
  • There is no definite date yet when hotels can start accepting guests for staycations, but we expect around the first or second week of October 2020. It is best to check with your preferred hotel first if they are already authorized to operate for staycations before you book your room.
  • As soon as available, we will link to a separate post listing all hotels in GCQ-areas already grated with CAOS by the DOT.

If you have other questions, you can refer to the two documents attached below or you can also send us an email at metrostaycation@gmail.com.



Administrative Order No. 2020-006: Guidelines on the Operations of Accommodation Establishments for Staycation Purposes Under a General Community Quarantine





Administrative Order No. 2020-002-B: Amending Further the Health and Safety Guidelines Governing the Operations of Accommodation Establishments Under the New Normal