MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Airlines announced Monday (July 12) that passengers with negative RT-PCR tests from its centers or accredited partners will be exempted from the mandatory 10-day quarantine in Hawaii from July 30.
PAL said this was after it became the first Asian airline to be recognized as a “Trusted Testing and Travel Partner” by the state of Hawaii.
PAL flies once a week directly from Manila to Honolulu every Friday, with code-sharing service beyond Honolulu to Maui, Hilo, Kona and Lihue in partnership with Hawaiian Airlines.
Dexter C. Lee, senior vice president of PAL and head of strategy and planning, said the move increases passenger convenience.
“We welcome the recognition by the Hawaiian authorities of Philippine Airlines as a trusted test partner,” he said in a statement.
“As we celebrate the 75th anniversary of our Honolulu service on July 31 – the first airline flight of any Asian airline – we are committed to being a faithful partner in increasing tourism and travel between the Philippines and Hawaii,” he added.
PAL has partnered with Detoxicare Diagnostics Molecular Laboratory for its COVID-19 test centers.
These are located at the PAL Learning Center in Padre Faura, Manila and at PAL Gate 3, Andrews Avenue, Pasay City. PAL said the results will be released within 24 hours.
Other test partners accredited for quarantine-free travel to Hawaii include Safeguard DNA Diagnostic Inc., Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila, Cardinal Santos Medical Center, San Juan City, Metro Manila, Bacolod Queen of Mercy Hospital, Bacolod City, and St. Louis. Elizabeth Hospital Inc., General Santos City.
PAL said passengers who were not tested in accredited labs should have a mandatory quarantine in Hawaii.
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