All passengers traveling to the United States, via direct or connecting flight, including U.S. Citizens, must present proof of a negative RT-PCR test result from a licensed Department of Health DOH laboratory within three calendar days from date of departure,

The second option is for them to show a written or electronic documentation of a positive RT-PCR test result confirming they had a previous COVID-19 infection within the last three months preceding flight to the U.S.

The updated requirements for travel to the U.S. takes effect next Tuesday, January 26, 2021, according to the Philippine Airlines (PAL) advisory issued Jan. 20.

Recovered individuals must also present a letter from a licensed health care provider or public health official stating the passenger is cleared for travel.

In addition, airlines are required to verify and confirm the negative test result or documentation of recovery for all passengers before they board the aircraft.

Passengers will also be required to fill out and sign attestation form at the airport.

The US recommends but does not mandate that international passengers (passengers arriving in the US) take a post-arrival test 3 to 5 days after arrival as well as a 7-day period of staying at home.)

PAL urged passengers to observe these requirements for travel to the US as mandated by the US Centers for Disease Control (US CDC).

For convenience, PAL passengers may avail of the services of the airline’s own testing center in partnership with Detoxicare Diagnostics Molecular Laboratory which is accredited by the Philippine Department of Health.

The covid 19 testing center is located at the PAL Learning Center (PLC), Padre Faura, Manila.

The PAL Learning Center facility in Manila offers RT-PCR testing at PHP 3,300 with results released in 24 hours.

To carry out online pre-payment for tests, passengers will have to register on the Passenger Profile and Health Declaration form at the PPHD site.

After registering on PAL’s Passenger Profile and Health Declaration (PPHD) site, they will receive a confirmation email, which has a link to the pre-payment portal.

They must click on the link of the test they wish to pay for and they will be directed to the booking and payment portal of Guide to the Philippines.

They will have to select the date they wish to be tested and input payment details. Once payment is successful, they will receive an email confirming payment.

Passengers must present this together with their ID, PAL ticket, and QR code upon entry at the PAL testing facility.

On the day of their flight, passengers must present all required documents at the check-in counter in order to be accepted for flight.

PAL international flights depart from NAIA Terminal 1 and arrive at NAIA Terminal 2. Passengers are advised to retain electronic or written copy of test result for potential review by US public health officials.

Failure to comply with the requirements and willfully making false or fraudulent statements, or concealing information, is subject to criminal penalties and imprisonment.


Source: Manila Bulletin (https://mb.com.ph/2021/01/21/new-pal-requirements-for-travelers-to-us/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-pal-requirements-for-travelers-to-us)