Starting November 1, tourists can have free COVID-19 swab tests for domestic travels around the Philippines.
According to a report from the Department of Tourism (DOT), the program is part of the Department’s extensive efforts to market and promote the country as a safe tourism destination and pave the way to a more robust recovery of the tourism industry.
As travel restrictions continue to ease up, we aim to encourage more tourists to visit their destination of choice by providing a full subsidy on RT-PCR testing. This program helps ensure the safety of tourists, tourism workers, and local stakeholders in various destinationsTourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat said.
Under the endowment, a sum of 350 candidates each day will be allowed free RT-PCR (Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction) tests at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) beginning Monday.
A number of the country’s go-to destinations currently acknowledge fully vaccinated guests without requiring the swab test. The free testing is just for homegrown tourists whose destination cities actually require a RT-PCR test for staycation/ tour purposes.
The program is important for the Department’s broad endeavors to advertise and advance the nation’s protected travel industry.
The organization with PCMC was first carried out in December 2020 covering 50 percent of the clinic’s swab trying expense. In excess of 15,000 travelers profited themselves of the appropriation program from January to June this year.
On June 23, the second period of the program was carried out covering July to December 2021. This is presently changed to take care of the P1,500 full expense of the RT-PCR test with a cap of 350 supported candidates each day. This will help in excess of 12,000 qualified homegrown vacationers until the year’s end.
Already, the TPB additionally collaborated with the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital in financing 50% of the medical clinic’s swab trying for homegrown vacationers, which represented 17,320 sightseers from Dec. 18, 2020 to July 7, 2021.
Domestic tourists wishing to benefit from the free testing at PCMC may visit https://www.tpb.gov.ph/rtpcrphtravel/ for application strategies and prerequisites.
They may likewise visit https://app.philippines.travel/ to get the most recent news and updates on movement prerequisites across the country.
Directions to Philippine Children’s Medical Center