Traveling for leisure within the Philipines? Some tourist destinations in the country are already open. But, to get there, you need to get a negative RT-PCR test result. You may have read how expensive it is to get tested but if you are a qualified domestic tourist, you may avail of the P750 RT-PCR test at Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) subsidized by the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB).
The regular RT-PCR testing rate for walk-in clients at PCMC is P3,577 but the DOT and TPB has a special rate of P1,500 under the PH Travel RT-PCR. If you are approved for the 50% subsidy, you will only pay P750 which you can pay direct to PCMC. Please take note that only cash payment is accepted.
TRAVEL GUIDE CONTENTS
- 1 Who can avail of the 50% subsidy?
- 2 What are the documents needed to get the 50% subsidy?
- 3 How to avail of the 50% subsidy?
- 4 Where is PCMC located?
- 5 When should you apply?
- 6 Where to follow-up on your application?
- 7 What are the next steps after I get the approval?
- 8 When do I get the result of my swab test?
- 9 What destinations in the Philippines are now open for tourists?
Who can avail of the 50% subsidy?
The 50% subsidy is open to domestic tourists, both Filipinos and foreigners who are residing in the Philippines. The purpose of the travel should be leisure tourism to destinations that are declared open for tourists. You must have a confirmed roundtrip ticket and accommodation booking at a DOT-Accredited hotel or resort.
What are the documents needed to get the 50% subsidy?
You must submit the following documents to be considered for the 50% RT-PCR test subsidy.
- Copy of two (2) valid government-issued IDs (Driver’s license, Passport, PRC license, PhilPost ID, UMID, SSS, Voter’s ID, TIN ID, PhilHealth ID, PWD ID, and Senior Citizen ID)
- Copy of confirmed hotel booking from a DOT-Accredited accommodation
- Copy of roundtrip transportation tickets (airline/bus/ferry tickets)
Please take note that PCMC can only accommodate up to 100 qualified domestic tourists per day. If PCMC has reached its daily quota, you may opt to get tested at the University of the Philippines – Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH). DOT and TPB have a subsidized rate for RT-PCR Test at UP-PGH for only P900.
How to avail of the 50% subsidy?
You may register online at https://www.tpb.gov.ph/rtpcrphtravel. Make sure that you have all the documents listed above.
Where is PCMC located?
PCMC is located along Agham Road, Diliman, Quezon City. You may proceed to the Gate 3 of PCMC for your RT-PCR test. PCMC is open daily from 8:00am to 3:00pm (including holidays)
When should you apply?
You MUST apply and register online at least five (5 days) prior to your travel date. If you apply less than five (5) days prior to the departure date, your application will not be accommodated and will be rejected.
Where to follow-up on your application?
You may follow-up on your application by sending an email to email@example.com.
What are the next steps after I get the approval?
If your application is approved, you will receive a Client Investigation Form (CIF) together with your approval notice. You will need to fill out the form properly and completely and then submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once submitted, PCMC will notify you of your scheduled swab test.
When do I get the result of my swab test?
PCMC will send the COVID-19 RT-PCR test result directly to you via email within 24 hours from the date of the swab test.
What destinations in the Philippines are now open for tourists?
These are just some of the popular tourist destinations in the Philippines that have reopened their doors for domestic leisure toursists.
For specific travel requirements, you may read this.
Glen Nomad is a travel blogger and the founder of Escape Manila. He has visited all the 81 provinces in the Philippines and has explored 30 countries across Asia, Latin America, East Africa, and Australia. Follow him on IG at @escapemanila