Cebu Pacific Begins COVID19 Test Before Boarding Trial in Philippines

(05 Dec 2020)
Cebu Pacific has partnered with the local government
of General Santos, and the Philippine Airport Diagnostic
Laboratory (PADL), to offer passengers a free COVID19 test before
their flight.

Only passengers
with a negative antigen test result will be allowed to board the
aircraft.

The two-week Test Before Boarding (TBB) trial
started on 3 December. All Cebu Pacific passengers flying from Manila to
General Santos from 3 to 14 December will be required
to undergo TBB, free-of-charge, during the pilot run.

“We welcome this development through Cebu Pacific,
because it opens up more people to the idea of traveling again,”
said Mayor Ronnel Rivera of General
Santos City. “We believe this will be a breakthrough initiative,
as it will allow our residents to feel more secure and not be wary
of arriving passengers from Manila.”


Cebu Pacific Airbus A320 reg: RP-C4104. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

Passengers must fill out an electronic passenger
information form (E-PIF) through
PADL’s
portal
and pre-register via

Trace and Protect Action Team (TAPAT) System

for non-residents entering General Santos at least 24 hours before
their flight. They must also secure a travel authority to be
allowed entry into the city, and check-in online before going to
the airport, as part of contactless flight procedures.

At the airport, travellers must proceed to the
testing facility located at Level 3 of the NAIA Terminal 3, five hours
before departure to give ample time for testing procedures. Once
called for their turn, swab samples will be collected, with
results to be released within 30 minutes.

After completing the test, DOH-accredited PADL
will provide passengers with a certificate showing the results of
their Antigen test. They can then proceed straight to the gate or bag
drop counters until an hour before the scheduled time of departure
at 13:05.

Only guests with negative results will be allowed
to board the flight, while those with positive results will be
referred to another testing facility for confirmatory RT-PCR
testing.

CEB VP for Marketing and Customer Experience
Candice Iyog said, “Safety has always been our topmost priority
and in this current environment, health is part of safety. We look
forward to the results of this pilot so we can pave way for a more
confident restart of non-essential travel and a standardization of
requirements across all Philippine destinations. We would also
like to laud General Santos City for piloting Test Before Boarding
with us.”

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