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When flying PAL during the pandemic

THE country’s flag carrier, Philippine AirLines (PAL), is strictly implementing the Fly Safe “new normal” practices to protect its passengers in compliance with international health and safety protocols.

According to PAL spokesperson Ma. Cielo Villaluna, all passengers are advised to bring their own face masks or facial coverings and wear them at all times – at the airport and throughout their flight.

Villaluna said passsengers are also encouraged to check-in via online and arrive early at three hours prior to departure for domestic flights and four hours prior to departure for international flights.

If your flight has been cancelled, Villaluna assures that your tickets are safe and remain valid. For details on your options, visit https://tinyurl.com/s9vp82n.

Owing to the developing situation brought about by the times, she said it is quite possible that the airline’s plans and schedules may change in response to evolving travel restrictions and quarantine limitations at arrival airports.

This is why one has to check PAL’s website www.philippineairlines.com, or follow their social media accounts, so that you’ll be updated the moment advisories on new developments are released.

Passengers arriving at the Manila airport are required to register online at least three days prior to their date of departure to arrange for the mandated COVID-19 swab test (RT-PCR) to be administered upon arrival. For information on this, one may visit the PAL Facebook account for more details or click on the following links: For OFWs — https://e-cif.redcross.org.ph/ For non-OFWs (Returning Overseas Filipinos, etc.) — https://bit.ly/3ffoAIK

Passengers arriving at Cebu (Mactan Cebu International Airport or MCIA) are required to register online not earlier than five days prior to their flight departure via the Passenger Arrival Registration Form. One may just click on this link –https://mactancebuairport.com/covid-19-registration Villaluna assures that their cabin crew undergoes medical evaluation prior to their duty and wears Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the protection of passengers on board.

A modified meal and snack service will be offered on board, using sealed packaging instead of traditional meals.

“Don’t worry about the cabin air — all PAL aircraft are equipped with high-technology systems that continuously infuse fresh air across the cabin (cabin air is replaced every two to three minutes), as well as HEPA filters that trap viruses, bacteria and other contaminants with 99.9% efficiency. The onboard air creates a cleaner environment that is safer than most enclosed public spaces and comparable to hospital operating rooms,” Villaluna assures.

Once a PAL international flight lands in Manila, particularly at the NAIA Terminal 2, Villaluna said personnel from the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and PAL immediately board the aircraft to make important announcements.

The PCG then instructs the passengers on what to do once they deplane. Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) are told to proceed to the government’s one-stop-shop while non-OFWs are requested to proceed to PAL’s one-stop-shop for COVID testing (RT-PCR/swab test).

Villaluna explained that the briefing includes steps to take after the COVID test and time frame of quarantine stay at hotels and when one can go home.

The PAL representative announces guidelines for non – OFWs while the BOQ announces penalties for non-declaration or willful non-disclosure of one’s medical history.

Once all speeches are delivered, she said passengers deplane and are assisted by the PCG and PAL staff to their respective one-stop-shop for testing. Once all procedures are done, passengers are brought to their respective quarantine hotels.

Payment of fees for the swab test as well as the cost of hotel accommodations shall be shouldered by the traveler. Those for OFWs will be shouldered by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (for land-based OFWs) and by the MARINA or the local manning agency (for sea-based OFWs).

When traveling internationally, check the most updated travel regulations on the government website of your destination country, as well as your country of departure. These governmental regulations may change frequently and may have an impact on the status of your flight or your acceptance for boarding.

For domestic travellers, it is important to check with the local government offices of both your origin point and your final destination on travel requirements, such as mandated documents or health certifications. These requirements differ from province to province, and are revised and updated constantly in line with the anti-COVID-19 arrangements of each locality.

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