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TPB resumes subsidy for RT-PCR tests

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The Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) on Wednesday has opened applications for travelers availing of subsidized reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests as the national government placed the National Capital Region under Alert Level 4 in its pilot Covid-19 alert levels system, according to a report by Philippine News Agency.

The TPB said the subsidy covers tourists with flights/trips departing from Sept. 16 onwards.

It advised applicants, however, to check with the local government unit (LGU) of their chosen destination for specific restrictions and other safety protocols before they travel.


"Under Alert Level 4, those allowed to go out may undertake intrazonal and interzonal travel (including travel for leisure purposes, subject to regulations of the LGU of destination)," it said.

The Inter-Agency Task Force placed Metro Manila under Alert Level 4 in the new Covid-19 alert levels system from Sept. 16 to 30, allowing "intrazonal and interzonal travel for persons not otherwise required to remain at their residences" to areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified GCQ.

Tourists availing of the PHP750-subsidized test at the Philippine Children's Medical Center must register online five days before the intended travel date.

Applicants must attach the following supporting documents:

  • Copy of a valid government-issued ID
  • Copy of confirmed accommodation booking with a Department of Tourism-accredited and open establishment for leisure and staycation
  • Copy of roundtrip transportation tickets, if applicable, bearing name and booking reference number

Via air – roundtrip air tickets MNL-destination-MNL
Via sea – roundtrip ferry tickets
If, public transport: roundtrip bus tickets
If, private transport: copy of official receipt/certificate of registration and photo of the vehicle with plate number

The TPB will evaluate the documents and inform the tourist of the status of the application.

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