DOST presents S-PaSS, the one-stop APP for local travelers

Travelling becomes complicated ever since the Covid-19 pandemic hits the world. There have been so many requirements needed just to make sure that the traveler is covid-free and the community he/she will be visiting will be safe.

In the Philippines, a “travel authority” is needed to be able to travel from one province to another. There are many requirements and travelers have a hard time getting one.

The Department of Science and Technology developed the Safe, Swift and Smart Passage or S-PaSS, an innovative travel management system for local travelers, returning OFWs and Tourists.


In light of the approval of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases Resolution #101, on February 26, 2021, of the uniform travel protocols for all local government units (LGUs), the S-PaSS Travel Management System will now be institutionalized as the one-stop-shop application/communication for travelers.

S-Pass was virtually launched last March 26 with Director Richard Burgos of the DOST-Science & Technology Information Institute as Moderator. Present on the launched who shared their thoughts about S-Pass were DOST Secretary Prof. Fortunato Dela Pena; Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles; Undersecretary Bernardo C. Florece, Jr. of Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG); and PLTGen Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar, OIC, Philippine National Police (PNP).

March 26, 2021 via Zoom

Governor Presbitero J. Velasco Jr., President, League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) and Mayor Evelio R. Leonardia, President, League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) sent their video greetings as well.

S-PaSS in brief:

  • S-PaSS is not a contract tracing system like the
  • S-PaSS is a travel management system Developed by DOST Region 6
  • It is a one stop communication and coordination platform for travelers and LGUs.
  • The LGUs will be the primary service provider for the S-PaSS
  • Thru S-PaSS, you can determine if the city or province you will be visiting is restricted or unrestricted.

o   If LGU is restricted, traveler should get TCP

o   If LGU is unrestricted, no need for TCP; but if to pass a restricted LGU to reach the final destination, traveler should get TPP and TCP

  • S-Pass contains the travel policies and requirements of almost 1800 LGUs all over the Philippines
  • S-Pass will replace the Travel Authority requirement for travelers this Covid-19 time
  • The S-PaSS is a system that will also provide the LGUs real-time monitoring of all incoming travelers to the respective localities


Director Rowen R. Gelonga, DOST VI Regional Director, S-Pass Project Leader walked the audience through the system.

Director Rowen Gelonga discussed the S-PaSS features and steps

S-PaSS is easy to use. Just follow these procedures.

Step 1:

Go to to check the travel policy of the LGU you wish to visit. If you are going to unrestricted cities or province, no need to create an S-Pass account

Step 2:

If you are travelling to a restricted LGU, create an S-Pass account on the website, You will need your mobile number to register.

Step 3:

Apply for your travel documents. Click the city or province you will go to and check their travel policies and the requirements that you need to submit. Fill-up the form and submit all requirements needed by the LGU.

Fill this up

Attached documents and submit

Please take note that if the final destination has restricted travel policy, the traveler shall apply for a Travel Coordination Permit (TCP) through the S-PaSS.

If the final destination of the traveler is classified as unrestricted but will have to pass through restricted LGUs before reaching their final destination, travelers should also apply for a Travel Pass-Through Permit (TPP) aside from securing the TCP required by the place of final destination.

Step 4:

Check the status of your application, Wait for the approval.

As of this writing, there are already 58/121 provinces and major cities who has adopted S-pass. More to come very soon!

For more information about S-pass, please visit S-Pass FB page,






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