Cebu Pacific tests passengers before boarding 

All CEB passengers flying from Manila to General Santos from 4 to 14 December 2020 will be required to undergo TBB which is free-of-charge during the pilot run.

Cebu Pacific (CEB) started its free antigen testing for all GenSan-bound passengers on Thursday.

According to CEB, the Test Before Boarding (TBB) service aims to reduce the risk of infection between testing and boarding as well as find infected passengers in a more timely manner. Only passengers with negative antigen test results will be allowed to take the flight.

The TBB is being pilot tested together with the local government of General Santos, and in coordination with the Philippine Airport Diagnostic Laboratory (PADL) for two weeks.

All CEB passengers flying from Manila to General Santos from 4 to 14 December 2020 will be required to undergo TBB which is free-of-charge during the pilot run. This is in compliance with the Executive Order of General Santos LGU and for the convenience of passengers who no longer need to take any other test prior to their flight.

Boosting travel confidence

“We welcome this development through Cebu Pacific, because it opens up more people to the idea of traveling again. We believe this will be a breakthrough initiative, as it will allow our residents to feel more secure and not be wary of arriving passengers from Manila,” said Mayor Ronnel Rivera of General Santos City.

CEB VP for Marketing and Customer Experience Candice Iyog said safety has always been their topmost priority and in this current environment, health is part of safety.

Iyog added that they look forward to the results of the pilot run so we can pave way for a more confident restart of non-essential travel and a standardization of requirements across all Philippine destinations.

CEB also lauded the General Santos City government for piloting TBB with the airline.

To avail of TBB, passengers must fill out an electronic passenger information form (E-PIF) through and pre-register via at least 24 hours before their flight. They must also secure a travel authority to be allowed entry into the city, and check-in online before going to the airport, as part of Contactless Flight procedures.

Upon arrival at the airport, passengers must proceed to the testing facility located at Level 3 of the NAIA Terminal 3, five hours before departure to give enough time for testing procedures. Once called for their turn, swab samples will be collected, with results to be released within 30 minutes.

After completing the test, Department of Health-accredited PADL will provide passengers with a certificate showing the results of their antigen test. They can then proceed straight to the gate or bag drop counters until an hour before the scheduled time of departure at 1:05 p.m.

Only passenger with negative results will be allowed to board the flight, while those with positive results will be referred to another testing facility for confirmatory RT-PCR testing.

TBB is just one initiative in CEB’s multi-layered approach to safety. The company continues to deploy world’s best safety practices to ensure guests can travel with peace of mind. This includes extensive daily disinfection of aircraft, HEPA air filters onboard that can filter out 99.99% of viruses, frequent cleaning of passenger surfaces at the airport and inflight, and enhanced self-service online portals so guests can easily manage flights.

Strict Contactless Flight procedures are also in place, such as boarding pass scanning, required online check-in and self-bag tag capabilities. For more information, visit

CEB offers most flight options in the Philippines, with destinations such as Boracay, Bohol, Cebu, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Bacolod, Iloilo and Palawan. It also operates flights to six international destinations including Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and Dubai.

Through its Juan Love campaign, the airline committed to 1 million domestic seats on sale until December 2020, to encourage travelers to support the local tourism industry. These fares are available through

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