If you’re flying from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA, MNL) to a domestic destination with Philippine Airlines, it is important to be familiar with the new procedures that you have to follow prior to departure. The country’s flag carrier has released a series of new guidelines on Facebook, and we compiled them in a step-by-step guide!
Note that this guide is for domestic flights originating from Manila. For international flights arriving in Manila, read this instead: NEW ARRIVAL PROCESS IN MANILA!
Here’s what to do before your domestic flight.
WHAT'S COVERED IN THIS GUIDE?
1. Pre-register before your flight.
As early as three (3) days prior to departure, you should accomplish the Passenger Profile and Health Declaration Form (PPHD). To get the form, you need to pre-register first via the PAL pre-registration form.
To do this, you need a valid and active email account. If you don’t have one yet, it’s easy to sign up for a Gmail account. You need this because you’ll be sent important information via email.
This applies to the following airports where PAL operates:
- Manila – Ninoy Aquino International Airport
- Antique – Evelio Javier Airport
- Bacolod – New Bacolod Silay International Airport
- Basco – Basco Airport
- Busuanga – Francisco B. Reyes Airport
- Butuan – Butuan Airport
- Cagayan de Oro – Laguindingan Airport
- Calbayog – Calbayog Airport
- Camiguin – Camiguin Airport
- Catarman – Catarman National Airport
- Caticlan – Godofredo P. Ramos Caticlan Airport
- Cebu – Mactan-Cebu International Airport
- Cotabato – Cotabato Airport
- Clark – Clark International Airport
- Davao – Davao International Airport
- Dipolog – Dipolog Airport
- Dumaguete – Dumaguete Airport
- General Santos – General Santos International Airport
- Iloilo – Iloilo International Airport
- Kalibo – Kalibo International Airport
- Laoag – Laoag International Airport
- Legazpi – Legazpi Airport
- Ozamiz – Ozamiz Airport
- Pagadian – Pagadian Airport
- Puerto Princesa – Puerto Princesa International Airport
- Roxas – Roxas Airport
- San Vicente – San Vicente Airport
- Siargao – Sayak Airport
- Tacloban – Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport
- Tagbilaran – Bohol Panglao International Airport
- Tawi-tawi – Sanga-sanga Airport
- Zamboanga – Zamboanga International Airport
2. Accomplish the PPHD Form.
Once you have pre-registered, you will be sent via email a unique reference code and a link to the actual Passenger Profile and Health Declaration Form (PPHD), which you need to fill out before your flight.
Take note of the reference code because you might use it later on.
Even if you’re traveling as part of the group, each passenger must accomplish the form.
Follow the further instructions in the email.
3. Secure the requirements of your destination’s local government.
Aside from the common requirements like flight booking, some local government units (LGUs) need you to submit or present additional documents. The list varies depending on the destination. Some cities or provinces have more requirements than others. It is essential that you’re familiar with these.
You can check PAL’s compilation of requirements here: List of Travel Requirements.
On that page, scroll down to the bottom and you’ll find a menu. Click those that apply to you and they’ll reveal a list of requirements per destination and passenger classification.
Some LGUs require passengers to show negative test results before departure. PAL has partnered with some accredited testing centers. You can also get a PAL-exclusive discount on testing fees and get a queueing priority if you choose a partner testing center.
That said, on top of this, we still strongly encourage you to call your destination’s local government unit to be sure that you have the updated list of requirements. These policies change quickly and it’s always best to get the information directly from those who make the rules.
4. Follow safety guidelines at the airport.
To ensure safety, the Civil Aeronautic Board and the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) have set guidelines for domestic passenger air transportation operations that both airline staff and passengers must strictly observe at the airport and on board the plane.
Here are some of the rules:
- Wear a face mask at all times. This is mandatory.
- Wear a face shield. Effective 15 August 2020, this has been mandatory. The face shield must be clear and with a snug fit, covering the entire face.
- Observe physical and social distancing. Minimize contact at all times, even upon check in and boarding, during the flight, and upon deplaning and claiming of baggage.
The aircraft and airport facilities are regularly sanitized and disinfected.
Note that travel for leisure is not yet allowed. The following are restricted unless under allowed circumstances:
- Persons below 21 years old
- Persons 60 years old and above
- Pregnant women
- Persons with immunodeficiency, comorbidities or other health risks
PAL may refuse to accept passengers who fail to meet the requirements.
- New ARRIVAL Guidelines for International Passengers in Manila
- List of Requirements for Essential Travel
- List of Operational Flights for September (PAL)
- Philippine Airlines New Travel Guidelines at Airport & Inside the Airplane
- Cebu Pacific New Travel Guidelines