January 31, 2023

The Department of Tourism is optimistic the price cap on the Covid-19 test kits would further boost domestic tourists’ confidence to travel to the reopened destinations across the Philippines.

“With a standard cost for RT-PCR and antigen tests, a requirement for entry to destinations around the country and staycations within general community quarantine areas, the DOT anticipates an increase in domestic trips as the gradual resumption of tourism activities will bring about local economic revitalization,” DOT said in a statement.

President Rodrigo Duterte signed Executive Order 118 directing the Department of Health, in coordination with the Department of Trade and Industry, to ensure the accessibility and affordability of Covid-19 tests and test kits for all.  

This development came following the recent appeal of Tourism Sec. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat to  impose a price cap on the RT-PCR and antigen tests to enhance tourism revival by making testing more affordable to travelers.

Puyat said the Covid-19 tests, now made affordable and accessible to Filipinos, “will help regain” travelers’ confidence to enjoy nature, culture, and heritage destinations.

The tourism chief added that the signing of EO 118 signals the government’s commitment to revive and boost the economy through the slow but safe, and sure revival of domestic tourism.

EO 118 takes effect immediately upon publication in the Official Gazette or a newspaper of general circulation.

Covid-19 testing range from P1,750 to P2,000. – PNA release