The many different travel requirements is a necessary — but inconvenient — fact of Covid-19 life. Of course, the players in the travel industry are always finding ways to streamline the processes and make flying more convenient for Filipino travelers.
The latest welcome development is Cebu Pacific’s introduction of Test Before Boarding (TBB), which allows passengers to undergo antigen testing conveniently at the airport just before their flight. The TBB program will be piloted in General Santos from December 3 to 14, 2020 as a trial run.
Test Before Boarding reduces the risk of infection between testing and boarding, and finds infected passengers in a more timely manner. Obviously, only passengers with negative antigen test results will be allowed to board the CEB aircraft.
Together with the local government of General Santos, and in coordination with the Philippine Airport Diagnostic Laboratory (PADL), Cebu Pacific passengers flying from Manila to General Santos during the two-week trial period will be administered Test Before Boarding free of charge. Passengers no longer need to take any other test prior to their flight.
“We welcome this development through Cebu Pacific, because it opens up more people to the idea of traveling again. We believe this will be a breakthrough initiative, as it will allow our residents to feel more secure and not be wary of arriving passengers from Manila,” said Mayor Ronnel Rivera of General Santos City.
CEB VP for Marketing and Customer Experience Candice Iyog said, “Safety has always been our topmost priority and in this current environment, health is part of safety. We look forward to the results of this pilot so we can pave way for a more confident restart of non-essential travel and a standardization of requirements across all Philippine destinations. We would also like to laud General Santos City for piloting TBB with us.”
Manila-General Santos pre-flight checklist
Passengers must fill out this electronic passenger information form (E-PIF) and pre-register on the GenSan LGU website at least 24 hours before their flight. They must also secure a travel authority to be allowed entry into the city, and check-in online before going to the airport, as part of Contactless Flight procedures.
At the airport, guests should then proceed to the testing facility located at Level 3 of the NAIA Terminal 3, five (5) hours before departure to give ample time for testing procedures. Once called for their turn, swab samples will be collected, with results to be released within 30 minutes.
After completing the test, DOH-accredited PADL will provide passengers with a certificate showing the results of their antigen test. They can then proceed straight to gate or bag drop counters until an hour before the scheduled time of departure at 1:05PM.
Only guests with negative results will be allowed to board the flight, while those with positive results will be referred to another testing facility for confirmatory RT-PCR testing.
TBB is just one initiative in CEB’s multi-layered approach to safety. CEB continues to deploy world’s best safety practices to ensure guests can travel with peace of mind.
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Read more about Cebu Pacific’s Contactless Flight safety procedures