PAL launches COVID-19 testing facility at NAIA Terminal 2 for non-OFWs

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 1) — The Philippine Airlines on Saturday launched a COVID-19 testing site for returning Filipinos and foreign nationals with permanent and immigrant visas.

The airline’s accredited RT-PCR testing facility, a one-stop-shop, could process up to 1,200 individual tests daily, with results released within 48 hours, PAL said in a statement. It will cater to PAL passengers who are not overseas Filipino workers. They will shoulder test of the cost which is P4,500, PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna told CNN Philippines' Newsroom Weekend.

OFWs will be tested at no cost at the government's one stop shop in NAIA, PAL said. "Family members traveling together with at least one OFW will likewise be considered OFWs," PAL added.

The airline said those authorized to enter the Philippines must fill out a case investigation form via this website and secure a booking in a government-accredited hotel in Metro Manila for at least two nights so they could be allowed to board their respective flights.

Upon disembarking at NAIA, the Philippine Coast Guard will guide arriving passengers to their correct testing site. After the test, non-OFWs will be transferred to a hotel for their two-day quarantine.

Villaluna said that those who test positive for COVID-19 will be referred to an isolation or a medical facility a while those who turn out negative will be released from quarantine.

The government is still prohibiting the entry of foreign tourists and non-immigrant visa holders amid the COVID-19 crisis.