For OFWs flying home from Middle East, PAL offers test results in 24 hours upon arrival

17 Dec 2020

Overseas Filipino workers flying Philippine Airlines from the Middle East will secure their free RT-PCR test results within 24 hours after arrival in Manila. 

From December 21 to 31, 2020, land-based OFWs and dependents departing from Dubai, Doha, Dammam, Riyadh, and Bahrain may now avail of PAL's own One-Stop Shop (OSS) facility for their complimentary RT-PCR tests upon arrival. The 24-hour turnaround time for the PCR tests results in a shorter quarantine isolation period of no more than one night, as compared to the 2 to 5 days averaged by other testing centers. 

PAL is offering this special holiday privilege exclusively for OFWs and their dependents as a way of thanking the country's modern-day heroes, so that they may maximize the time they spend with their families during the Christmas and New Year season. Tests are free of charge. 

The Philippine Government through the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) will continue to handle the quarantine hotel accommodations of all arriving OFWs. 


To avail, passengers on these flights must register to PAL’s electronic Case Investigation Form (eCIF) as early as three (3) days before departure at https://bit.ly/MNLPALeCIF.

The PAL OSS facility at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 is operated under a partnership with the Detoxicare Molecular Diagnostics, a DOH-accredited laboratory. 


Sea-based OFWs and dependents shall also enjoy free RT-PCR tests to be conducted by another laboratory testing facility in NAIA Terminal 2.

For OFWs flying on PAL from Manila to Dubai between December 21 to 31, the flag carrier is also offering a special RT-PCR test rate of only PHP 2,000 through PAL's own Testing Facility at the PAL Learning Center in Ermita, Manila.  Test results are also released within 24 hours.  


To avail, and upon entering the testing facility, OFWs including traveling dependents must present their ID, PAL ticket with the MNL-DXB flight, QR code after registering via PAL's PPHD at https://bit.ly/PALIntPPHD, and documents proving employment abroad such as a valid visa or an Employment Overseas Certificate (OEC).


The flag carrier likewise reminds all passengers flying to, from, or within the Philippines to download the Traze Contact Tracing app and register through the app before proceeding to the airport for their trip. This is a requirement of the Philippine Government authorities for all international and domestic passengers, whether arriving in or departing from any airport in the Philippines, to enable health authorities to trace and notify travelers in case of health concerns.   


More information on international travel protocols, procedures and requirements are available at https://bit.ly/PALTravelsToPH for passengers arriving in the Philippines and https://bit.ly/PALTravelsFromPH for passengers departing from the Philippines. Passengers may also visit www.philippineairlines.com or the official PAL Facebook page or call PAL hotline numbers +632-8855-8888 or toll-free 1-800-435-9725. 

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