List of Destinations That Accept RT-PCR Saliva Test in the Philippines

In a welcome step towards opening and easing travel in the Philippines, the Department of Health has allowed destinations to accept Red Cross offered Saliva RT-PCR Test under their mandatory travel requirements. This is not only a great step towards stimulating domestic tourism in the Philippines but also an effective way to ensure travelers save money while traveling safely under the COVID pandemic guidelines.

RT-PCR Saliva testing not only generates faster results (within three to four hours, after samples have been collected), but it is also cheaper at P1,500-P2,000 compared to the RT-PCR swab test which ranges from P3,500-5,000. To book a COVID19 RT-PCR Saliva Test, please visit this website: https://book.redcross.org.ph/index.php/book-a-saliva-test/  

Philippines destinations that are accepting Saliva RT-PCR Test

1. Boracay

(Effective and accepting from March 18, 2021)

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2. Aklan

(Effective and accepting from March 10, 2021)

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3. Siargao

(Effective and accepting from March 9, 2021)

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4. Bohol

(Effective and accepting from Feb 2, 2021)

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Travel Destinations in PH that don’t need RT-PCR test proof upon arrival

1. Baguio City

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2. Cebu

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3. Puerto Galera

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4. Tagaytay

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Other Re-opened Destinations in the Philippines (require RT-PCR Swab Test)

1. El Nido, Palawan

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2. Coron

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3. Ilocos 

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4. Batangas

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Uniform Travel Guidelines for all domestic destinations in PH

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In a statement, the Department of Tourism (DoT) said the simplification of the travel requirements is “vital in encouraging domestic travel and helping in the speedy recovery of Philippine tourism”.

Under the new rules, Covid-19 testing is no longer mandatory for travelers unless required by the LGU prior to travel, with testing to be limited to RT-PCR, swab test, or Saliva RT-PCR test. As well, quarantine is not required unless the traveler exhibits symptoms upon arrival at the destination, as are health certificates and travel authorities issued by the Joint Task Force Covid Shield.

ZEN Rooms welcomes the DOHs plan to recover tourism and will continue playing an active role in providing safe and reliable accommodation to travelers at affordable rates. To book your safecation with ZEN, please visit www.zenrooms.com