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Philippine Airlines To Implement New Testing, Quarantine Protocols

PHILIPPINE AIRLINES – The Philippine Airlines (PAL) said that it will be implemented on testing and quarantine for arriving passengers.

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In line with the latest resolution of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), PAL will be requiring passengers arriving in the country to undergo reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction or RT-PCR testing on their sixth day of quarantine at a facility or hotel accredited by tourism and health agencies of the government. | Image from: PhilStar

The protocol is in lieu with the latest resolution of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), according to a report from Philippine Star.

The airlines will be requiring passengers arriving in the Philippines to undergo reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction testing (RT-PCR) on their sixth day of quarantine at a facility or hotel that is accredited by government tourism and health agencies.

PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said that the requirements will be strictly implemented upon arrival in any international airport nationwide.

The government earlier decided not to extend the travel restrictions for 36 countries, which have recorded new COVID-19 variants, based on the report.

The firm also said that among those who are allowed to travel to the Philippines and subject to the presentation of required travel documents are the following:

  • Filipino citizens
  • foreign nationals with long-term visas
  • diplomats and dignitaries
  • medical emergency cases, including medical escorts.

The firm advised passengers that before flying, they must register on the electronic case investigation form (e-CIF) prior to their flight to Manila. As for Non-OFW passengers, they are required to pre-book a hotel accredited by tourism and health agencies for the six-night quarantine accommodation.

Land based OFWs can register their e-CIF here.

For sea-based OFWs, they can register at this website.

Non-OFW passengers can register here.

RT-PCR testing will be administered on their sixth day of their stay at the quarantine facility.

Non-OFWs should do the following:

  • resent their QR code, passport, and payment receipt
  • undergo RT-PCR testing to be given by Detoxicare Medical and Diagnostics Laboratory.

The testing OFWs, on the other hand, would be administered by the Philippine Coast Guard or the Philippine Red Cross.

“Once cleared, you may call up your relatives or local government unit to pick you up or you may arrange for your own transportation. OFWs may contact OWWA (Overseas Workers Welfare Administration) or their local manning agencies,”

“Please complete your 14-day quarantine/self-isolation under the monitoring of your local government unit or barangay health emergency response team,”

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