Philippine Airlines (PAL) opened an antigen testing facility at PAL Gate 3 in Pasay City for passengers required to present antigen test results for their flights
Negative antigen test results are required from travelers by the local government units of General Santos City and Butuan City
Philippine Airlines (PAL) has opened an antigen testing facility at PAL Gate 3 on Andrews Avenue in Pasay City for passengers required to present antigen test results for their flights.
This as negative antigen test results are a requirement by both local government units of General Santos City and Butuan City for travelers to be allowed entry into their jurisdictions, the flag carrier noted in an advisory.
The tests will be conducted by Department of Health (DOH)-accredited partner Detoxicare Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory from 1 a.m. to 7 a.m. daily (Mondays to Sundays, including holidays) via drive-through or walk-in. Passengers must be tested no later than two hours before departure time.
The antigen test result is valid within 72 hours before departure for General Santos, and five days before departure for Butuan. The test costs P700 with results released within 30 minutes.
Upon entering the facility, passengers must present their ID, PAL ticket, and QR code to the PAL Passenger Profile Health Declaration (PPHD) indicating successful registration.
The PPHD form is downloadable from https://bit.ly/PALDomPPHD and https://bit.ly/PALIntPPHD and must be filled out to five days before the flight.
Passengers will be asked to fill out a health assessment checklist in compliance with DOH requirements for entering public places.
DOH as of October 6 allows the use of rapid antigen testing as an alternative to real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction testing (RT-PCR) for suspected COVID-19 cases, including symptomatic and asymptomatic close contacts who fit the definition.
Antigen tests may also be used for probable cases in a community or hospital setting with insufficient PCR testing capacity, places where a quick turnaround time is needed for patients, or during incidents of a community outbreak “for quicker case finding.”
Aside from the antigen testing facility, PAL has a testing facility at the Philippine Airlines Learning Center in Ermita, Manila offering RT-PCR services for P3,300, with results released within 24 hours.