The Tourism Promotions Board, an attached agency of the Department of Tourism, stated this Monday that it is halting its processing and application for a 50 percent subsidy on an RT-PCR (Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) test for all domestic tourists.
Starting March 22 up to April 4, all endorsement and processing of application on the subsidy for the RT-PCR test at the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital and Philippine Children's Medical Center is temporarily suspended
The suspension is in compliance with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases Resolution No. 104 Series of 2021 which states that all leisure travelers coming from the National Capital Region, Cavite, Bulacan, Laguna, and Rizal is now prohibited as positive cases of COVID-19 steadily rises.
The Tourism Promotional Board said that endorsement with its partner hospitals will resume on the following dates:
UP-PGH - March 31 (Closed April 1 to 2)
PCMC - April 2 (for those applicants that were previously approved before March 5)
The following dates are for the domestic tourists who have departure schedules starting from April 5 and onwards.
Travelers can also inform the Tourism Promotional Board if their flights are rescheduled and if they updated their flights and hotel bookings at the following email address to reschedule their RT-PCR tests:
Moreover, Tourism Promotional Board noted that the rescheduling of applicants COVID-19 Testing is on a first-come, first-serve basis given their maximum capacity of only 150 approved applicants per day.
On the other hand, applications for subsidy at the PCMC are now closed at it already reached its allocated slots for the COVID-19 test subsidy since March 4, according to the Tourism Promotional Board.
Both the DOT and the Tourism Promotional Board partnered with the UP-PGH and the PCMC last year in order to make the RT-PCR test affordable for the 11,000 and 11,600 domestic tourists.
The RT-PCR tests cost on the respective hospitals cost about Php900 and Php750 this was under that memorandum agreement with the two partner hospitals.