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Government Hotlines

  • Manila: 1158 or 143
  • Cebu: +6332 340-0191

Why should I take the swab test upon my arrival in the Philippines?

Taking a COVID-19 RT-PCR Test is a requirement of the Philippine government for all arriving international passengers. Starting February 1, 2021, passengers shall be tested on the sixth (6th) day of their quarantine stay. Day One (1) starts on the day of the passenger’s arrival.

Are children required to take the swab test upon arrival in the Philippines?

Children, including infants, are required to undergo the RT-PCR Test on the 6th day of their quarantine stay. They must also complete the registration process and pay a separate testing fee. For minimized discomfort, infants will be swabbed through the mouth.

I am already vaccinated, do I still need to undergo testing and quarantine?

Passengers, regardless of vaccination status, are still required to undergo respective testing and quarantine as specified by the Philippine Inter-Agency Task Force on the management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

How do I pay the swab test fee?

Only non-OFWs are required to pay for the COVID-19 RT-PCR Test. The test is free for OFWs, whether they arrive in Manila, Cebu, or Clark.

For non-OFWs arriving in Manila, the test fee is Php 4,000 (effective October 16, 2020; previously Php 4,500 from July 27, 2020 to October 15, 2020). Payment can be made via cash (in PHP or USD), card, AliPay, WeChat Pay, GCash, and PayPal. Currency exchange booths are available inside the terminal.

For non-OFWs arriving in Cebu, the test fee is Php 4,100.00. Payment can be made via cash (in PHP or USD) or credit card (Visa). Currency exchange booths are available inside the terminal.

For non-OFWs arriving in Clark, the test fee is Php 4,000. Payment can be made in cash. Currency exchange is available at the terminal.

What can I do at my assigned hotel while waiting for my schedules test and release of my result?

We encourage everyone to stay safe by staying inside their rooms and while waiting for their scheduled test and release of results.
Certain facilities of your hotel may be open or closed depending on their quarantine and safety protocols.

Can families traveling together stay in the same room/hotel?

In compliance with Philippine regulations, only one person is allowed per room, except for the following:

  • Families with minor children below 18 years old (if the traveling family has two or more adult members, only one adult can stay with the minor children)
  • A Person With Disability (PWD) and his/her companion (only one adult companion is allowed)
  • Travelers with medical emergencies
A waiver for special cases is available upon arrival for other exemptions not stated above.