Surfing in La Union Soon? Here Are Important Travel Requirements You Need to Know

Travel safely and responsibly!
by | October 11, 2021

Known as the Surfing Capital of Northern Philippines, San Juan, La Union is the home of various beach and surfing resorts, and it’s arguably one of the most famous destinations for quick weekend getaways before the pandemic. After closing its borders to tourists, the province is open again for tourists from NCR+ subject to strict conditions in adherence to the Department of Tourism Advisory No. 13, s. 2021.


Check your Alert Level first

It’s surf season in La Union again and you can take this as a sign to ready your list of Elyu accommodations and travel itinerary. But before making your travel plans with the barkada, check if the Alert Level in your area allows you to enter La Union first. You may refer to this chart:

You may also refer to the full advisory here.


What are the border entry travel requirements?

Before you head to Elyu for your much-needed getaway, make sure to prepare the following travel requirements first:

  • Approved Tara Na Travel Request and QR code
  • Negative RT-PCR or Philippine Red Cross Saliva Test Result issued three days prior to arrival
  • Booking confirmation from Travel Agency; the Provincial Government of La Union recommends the La Union Alliance of Travel and Tour Agencies:

To assist you with all your travel needs to La Union, Kindly get in touch with your chosen D.O.T. ACCREDITED LA UNION BASED TRAVEL AGENCY. With US, YOU can never go wrong…

Posted by La Union Alliance of Travel and Tour Agencies on Sunday, October 3, 2021

  • Valid Government Issued ID


How to apply for a Tara Na! Tourist Pass

Tara Na is a travel portal in partnership with the Department of Tourism and Tourism Promotions Board, which allows visitors to easily view travel requirements, apply for travel passes, and more. The portal is exclusive for Northern locations like La Union, Pangasinan, Ilocos Norte, and Ilocos Sur.

Before applying for the Tourist Pass, the portal will let you enter your details to provide the exact travel requirements, depending on which region you’re coming from.

Sample screenshot

After, you may proceed with the Tourist Pass registration. Be ready to present the following requirements:

Current Address Information

  • Barangay
  • Municipality/City
  • Province
  • Zipcode


  • Profile picture
  • Valid Government ID (with photo)
  • Selfie of you holding the valid ID

You will also be required to provide personal information, an e-mail, and a password.

For updates, visit Tara Na’s official website and Facebook page.



For more information and updates, follow the Provincial Government of La Union’s Facebook page. Travel safely and responsibly!

When she’s not writing, Ina’s busy curating playlists that will save her when words don’t work, reading, annoying her cat, or thinking of her next meal.

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