Leisure travel became stricter as local government units (LGUs) regularly issue guidelines to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Some LGUs require a negative antigen test but others prefer a certification that visiting tourists have undergone the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction test (RT-PCR).
The Department of Tourism (DOT) announced that Filipinos and foreigners living in the country could get a 50% subsidy for the RT-PCR test at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH). Only 100 qualified domestic tourists per day can be accommodated. The current regular rate of the RT-PCR test is P1,800.
Who can get the 50% subsidy?
- Foreigners residing in the Philippines (residents with work, long term, student, or other valid visas)
What are the documents needed?
- Copy of two valid government-issued IDs (driver’s license, passport, PRC license, PhilPost ID, UMID, SSS, Voter’s ID, TIN ID, PhilHealth ID, and Senior Citizen ID)
- Copy of confirmed hotel booking at a DOT-accredited accommodation
- Copy of roundtrip transportation tickets, if applicable
What are the steps?
- Register five days before departure at www.tpb.gov.ph/rtpcrphtravel.
- Wait for an e-mail about your log-in credentials.
- Log-in and fill out the Client Investigation Form.
- Wait for your swab test schedule.
The result will be e-mailed to you directly within 24 hours after the test.
The subsidy program is from the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) and was formalized in an agreement with the PGH. This program runs until June 2021.