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DOT wants to fully subsidize cost of swab tests for local tourists

/ 11:00 AM October 27, 2021
The DOT wants to provide free swab tests for tourists nationwide to jumpstart the vibrancy of the country’s tourism industry.

Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat. Photo courtesy of DOT

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Tourism (DOT) wants to provide free swab tests for local tourists nationwide to jumpstart the vibrancy of the country’s tourism industry, its chief Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat said on Wednesday.

Currently, the swab tests for DOT-partner hospitals at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) in Manila and the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) in Quezon City cost P750.

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“It’s still P750 for negative RT-PCR. But if things go as planned, we’ve been asking permission if we could subsidize everything to make it zero [cost for tourists] already,” Puyat told ABS-CBN News Channel.

DOT, PGH and PCMC had recently signed an agreement to provide 50 percent subsidy for swab tests of 13,000 tourists until December.

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Tourists who meet the basic requirements of having confirmed round trip transportation tickets and booking confirmation with a DOT-accredited accommodation establishment would be qualified for the program.

Local travelers who wish to avail of DOT’s 50 percent swab test subsidy may visit this link: https://www.tpb.gov.ph/rtpcrphtravel/.

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