Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2. Photograph by Totoyba2 on Wikimedia Commons
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PAL sets up ‘one-stop-shop’ COVID testing center at NAIA 2

The ‘shop’ will service returning overseas Filipinos and authorized foreign nationals.
ANCX | Jul 31 2020

Philippine Airlines has rolled out a One-Stop-Shop center at Terminal 2 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to perform the mandatory RT PCR swab testing for returning overseas Filipinos and authorized foreign nationals.    

Starting August 1, the PAL OSS will help augment the airport’s capacity to screen travelers and process quarantine requirements for passengers who fly into the country’s largest gateway on PAL flights from North America, the Middle East, Europe, Oceania and all over Asia.  

Accredited by the National Task Force (NTF), the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) and the Department of Health (DOH), the the One-Stop-Shop is capable of testing 1,200 passengers in a day and producing test results within 48 hours, according to information supplied by the airline. 

The new PAL facility will operate in tandem with the existing government-run IATF One-Stop-Shop facility that will now exclusively serve arriving Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). 

PAL's medical service partner Detoxicare Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory will conduct the mandatory RT PCR COVID19 tests for non-OFWs, while the Philippine Coast Guard will administer the tests for all arriving OFWs. The Department of Tourism and the Hotel Sales and Marketing Association (HSMA) are on hand to assist arriving non-OFWs with their hotel bookings and related needs such as bus transfers. 

Non-OFWs, namely Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs) and authorized foreign nationals,  are required to register via the PALlink and submit an accomplished electronic Case Investigation Form (e-CIF) at least three days prior to boarding their flight to the Philippines. They also need to secure an advance booking at any government-accredited hotel in Manila for at least two (2) nights, in line with the time expected to process and release their COVID test results. Travelers will need to pay the costs of the swab test and hotel accommodation.   

On the other hand, OFWs need to register through the Red Cross Portal and submit an accomplished electronic Case Investigation Form (e-CIF) at least three days prior to boarding their flight home to the Philippines. (Family members traveling together with at least one OFW will likewise be considered OFWs.) 

Land-based OFWs must also create or update their accounts on the OFW Assistance Information System (OASIS) at http://oasis.owwa.gov.ph/ The Philippine Government and/or manpower agencies will shoulder the costs of testing and quarantine accommodations for OFWs. 

The OSS facility will help PAL avoid the costly and burdensome re-routing of some international flights to land in Cebu or Clark instead of Manila.   

The PAL facility at Terminal 2 has been operating on a trial basis since June 27 and has processed passengers arriving from San Francisco and other selected international flights.