FORT SANTIAGO, MANILA: travel guide + new normal guidelines

Last updated: 18 OCTOBER 2021

Finally, after so lots of months of being closed to the public because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Fort Santiago has been reopened.

Fort Santiago is one of the most common destinations for educational excursions or field trips. I have scoured the nooks and crannies of Fort Santiago a few times already, once doing a photo walk for my photography class back in college.

Spearheaded by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, it was constructed in the early 1590s as a fortress for the then flourishing city of Manila. It faced lots of destructions and reconstructions, but some structures remain strong throughout the centuries.

The fort is recognized as a national cultural Treasure in 2014 and a national Shrine and national Monument in 1951. The dungeons and the museum are just two of the lots of attractions you’ll see inside the historical fort.

Here are some valuable bits of info that you might want to know before you go during the new normal.

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New normal requirements and Guidelines
What are the operating hours?
How much is the ticket?
When is the best time to visit?
How to get to the Fort Santiago?
What are the attractions inside Fort Santiago?
What are the top attractions?
How do I make the most of my visit?
What are the policies and regulations?
What are the nearby attractions?
Other ideas or Reminders
Where can we contact the management for inquiries?
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New normal requirements and Guidelines

Below is the list of the general new normal guidelines policies when touring around Intramuros.

No Mask, No Entry. When leaving your house, make sure that you’re wearing a face mask properly. Your face mask must be covering your nose and reaches the bottom of your chin. Some establishments also require the wearing of face shields.

Maintain physical distancing. keep a 1-meter distance between you and others in any way times.

Observe proper hand hygiene. If soap and water are available, wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. If not, use an alcohol-based sanitizer to sanitize.

Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth. avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth especially if your hands are not sanitized.

Practice respiratory etiquette in any way times. If you’re sneezing or coughing, make sure to use a tissue or the inner portion of your elbow to cover your nose and mouth. Then, dispose of the tissue appropriately and wash your hands.

A limited number of people is allowed inside establishments. Each establishment has a maximum capacity at a time. Queue appropriately and follow supplied floor markings and physical barriers to maintain physical distancing.

Mandatory temperature and symptoms screening. All guests need to undergo a temperature check and fill out a health declaration form at the entrance. Those with fever or flu-like symptoms and a history of exposure shall be refused entry.

Follow mandatory sanitizing protocols at entrances. Hand sanitation and footwear disinfection stations are available at the entrance of establishments. Make sure to follow these protocols before entering.

Observe the maximum allowed passengers. only 1 person is allowed in the front passenger seat and there’s a maximum of 2 per row for front-facing seats.

Download StaySafe.PH app and sign up before entering the sites. guests are required to register their check out on the StaySafe.PH app before entering the sites for contact tracing purposes. a lot more info here: how TO use STAYSAFE APP!

What are the operating hours?

Before the pandemic, Fort Santiago is open daily from Monday to Sunday, 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM. However, it has changed its operating hours, following the “new normal” protocols. starting February 17, 2021, these will be the opening hours:

9:00 AM – 7:30 PM
Last entry: 6:00 PM

9:00 AM – 8:30 PM
Last entry: 7:00 PM


The last entry is at 6:00 PM (Weekdays) and 7:00 PM (Weekends).

The maximum capacity is 150 pax at a time.

How much is the ticket?

P75: general Admission

P50: Children/Students/PWDs

When is the best time to visit?

Weekends and holidays are expected to be much a lot more crowded than weekdays. If these are the only practical dates for you, just go there early.

Based on my previous visits, both weekends and weekdays, “crowded” looked like weekday foot traffic of other popular vacationer attractions in Manila.

How to get to the Fort Santiago?

Fort Santiago is located in Intramuros in the city of Manila.

If you take the LRT 1, you can get off at any of these three stations: central Station, Carriedo Station, or Doroteo Jose Station. The main entrance to Fort Santiago is through Plaza Moriones at Sta. Clara street corner general Luna Street.

If you get off at central Station, you can reach Intramuros on foot. Your landmark is the Manila City Hall. cross tothe other side using the underpass. Ask around how to get to Plaza Moriones.

If you alight at Carriedo Station, take a Pier-bound jeepney and tell the motorist to drop you off at Intramuros. The fare is P8-10. travel time is about 10 minutes, depending on the traffic condition.

If you choose Doroteo Jose Station, ride a Baclaran/Mabini jeepney and tell the motorist to drop you off at Intramuros. The fare is P8-10. The travel time is about 15 minutes, depending on the traffic condition.

What are the attractions inside Fort Santiago?

These sites are marked and have brief descriptions, describing the historical value.

Plaza Moriones

Baluartillo de San Francisco Javier

Ruins of the American Barracks

Plaza De Armas

Jose Rizal Shrine/Museum

Rajah Sulayman Theatre

Postigo de la Nuestra Senora de Soledad

The White Cross

The Dungeons of Fort Santiago

Baluarte de Santa Barbara

Ruins of The Almacenes Reales

What are the top attractions?

The Dungeons of Fort Santiago

Shrine of Rizal

Rizal’s footsteps to his actual execution ground

How do I make the most of my visit?

Thoroughly understand the place by knowing a lot more about every stop. The marked spots have descriptions. There’s even a museum dedicated to Dr. Jose Rizal.

Your check out will be for nothing if you haven’t grasped the historical relevance of the place. If you don’t mind enclosed spaces, don’t forget to explore the dungeons, which are recently opened to the public.

What are the policies and regulations?

Generally, respect the place and other visitors’ space. Don’t cause anything that will disrupt the peace of others. Do not litter, vandalize, or damage the structures.

If you are made a decision to go inside the dungeons, here are the rules:

Be mindful of your surroundings and the structure height clearance to avoid accidents.

Observe silence. You are on hallowed ground.

Turn on your flashlights.

Do not leave trash and belongings.

Do not vandalize.

Only ages 13 and above are allowed to enter. elders need to be assisted.

Enter only with the supervision of our safety personnel.

Maximum of ten guests only at a time.

Wait for the personnel safety to enter first.

No teasing or causing panic.

No overstaying or loitering.

No entry for any person with heart and/or mobility issues.

What are the nearby attractions?

San Agustin Church

Manila Cathedral

Casa Manila

Rizal Park/Luneta Park

National museum Complex

Other ideas or Reminders

Wear comfortable clothes.

Secure your belongings. The company will not be responsible for any lost items inside the museum.

Please read the alerting signs. strictly follow the policies and guidelines in any way times.

Always check the official Facebook page of Intramuros for the current announcements and updates relating to admission, opening hours, and other events. For other concerns, you may contact the Intramuros administration.

Where can we contact the management for inquiries?

You may contact the Intramuros administration office, which is under the department of Tourism.

Office Address: 5th floor Palacio del Gobernador, general Luna street cor. Aduana Street, Intramuros, Manila

E-mail Address: intramuros.tourism@gmail.com / intramurosvisitorscenter@yahoo.com.ph

/ helpdesk@intramuros.gov.ph

Contact Numbers: (02) 527-3138 (Tourism Promotions division for events, excursion inquiries, and other marketing-related activities); (02) 527-3096 and (02) 527-9012 (Business management division for venue rentals and photoshoots)

Official Website: http://intramuros.gov.ph

Official Facebook Page: Intramuros Administration

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