Proposal to remove RT-PCR tests to allow mobility for tourism site

Proposal to remove RT-PCR tests to allow mobility for tourism site

To boost the tourism activities in the Philippines, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion went around the country to have a meeting with the governors of provinces to propose a more eased restriction for domestic air travel.

"We have to start allowing mobility for our tourism site, we met with our governors, mayors of the top tourists' destinations," Concepcion told ANC.

As a result, the governors and mayors said they are "open" to the proposal.

"We're asking them to waive the PCR tests that's a very expensive test. They're open to the idea of allowing airlines to fly passengers without PCR tests anymore," Concepcion said.

Earlier, flight carriers Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific have been calling to remove RT-PCR tests for fully vaccinated people and have fewer quarantine days for international arrivals.

Meanwhile, unvaccinated passengers who're permitted to travel are still required to obtain an RT-PCR test under Concepcion's proposal.

He added that shortage of shots would not be an issue anymore for those willing to get vaccinated against COVID-19 because, in the following two months, 60 million doses of Pfizer and AstraZeneca alone will arrive in the country.

Concepcion also proposed to the coronavirus task force to lessen the quarantine days for international travelers coming from North America and vaccinated overseas workers.

He said instead of 10 days of quarantine, it could be reduced to only five days.

Airlines are also pushing for lifting the arrival cap for international travelers, currently set at 2,000 per day.

(Source: ABS-CBN News)

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