To give travelers peace of mind when they board the aircraft and proceed to their destinations, Cebu Pacific (CEB) announced that it will offer an antigen test for COVID-19 for only P700, with results released within 30 minutes.

The Philippines’ leading carrier commercially launched its Test Before Boarding (TBB) process for passengers flying from Manila, after its successful pilot run with the local government of General Santos. 

The process makes use of an antigen test to be taken just hours before the scheduled time of departure, with results released within 30 minutes. The TBB testing facility at the NAIA Terminal 3 is now open for walk-ins from 2 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. The P700 cost of the antigen test is the lowest rate in the industry. 

CEB passengers will only have to register onsite and pay the fee directly to CEB’s diagnostic partner, Philippine Airport Diagnostic Laboratory (PADL).

During the pilot run, CEB tested a total of 1,143 passengers, three of whom tested positive and were not allowed to proceed with their flight. Only those who tested negative were allowed to board the aircraft. Subsequently, based on the data provided by the local government of GenSan, CEB passengers were retested after their 7-day quarantine and results were still negative, showing consistency with the earlier results of the TBB process.

“Following the successful TBB pilot, Cebu Pacific is ready to offer this option to all their passengers. We are urging ‘everyjuan’ to take advantage of this convenient alternative, especially since the testing site is strategically located at the airport, making the whole process easy and hassle-free for our residents,” said Mayor Ronnel Rivera of General Santos City.

Apart from General Santos, the local governments of Butuan, Dipolog, and Pagadian also accept negative antigen test results as a pre-travel requirement. CEB passengers going to these destinations may also conveniently avail of the TBB beginning today. 

CEB also offers affordable RT-PCR tests.

To date, a number of local and international destinations require negative RT-PCR test results prior to entry. As such, CEB has ensured this need is fully covered as it offers RT-PCR tests for only P3,300 via its three partner laboratories, namely PADL, Health Metrics Inc. (HMI), and Safeguard DNA Diagnostics Inc. (SDDI).

Passengers booked on Cebu Pacific and Cebgo can easily choose and book appointments via https://bit.ly/CEBFlightReminders. One will simply have to click on the “Testing Options” tab and choose from any of those in the list. From there, they will be redirected to each laboratory’s page to finalize their schedule online.

Domestic tourists may also avail of a subsidized RT-PCR test at the UP Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH). Fifty percent of the original cost will be subsidized by the Department of Tourism (DOT) through the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), leaving only P900 to be paid for by the passenger. Those who wish to apply for this must register five days before their trip via www.tpb.gov.ph/rtpcrphtravel