What’s It Like Flying At NAIA Terminal 3 During Pandemic?
It takes a lot of planning to travel amidst pandemic. You have to consider the flight status, the cost, the PCR-test, the visa requirements, and everything in between. Despite all of the stressful planning, I still decided to push through my travel plans this 2021.
I have not travelled in almost a year, who can blame me?
I want to some tips to those who want to travel out of the Philippines during this time. Mind you, it is costly to travel this pandemic. It is not like before. Also, travel at your own risk!
- Always check the travel restrictions as they are always changing.
First, I use SkyScanner for travel restrictions and updates then I check the country’s website to double check if the information matches. Of course, you have to follow the country’s own website.
- Always check the flight status of the airline’s flight number you want to fly with.
This is very important. You have to check if that flight is arriving to its destination. Sometimes, the flight status has not been update for a long time. That only means that the airline is not yet flying to that destination.
- Always check visa or transit requirements as you might need a visa.
These countries are open, yes. However, some will require you to secure a visa prior to your departure. Let’s just say if you want to fly to Costa Rica, you might have a layover in the United States. Therefore, you will be needing a visa to transit into the United States.
- Even if a RT-PCR test is not required to your destination, still have yourself tested not just for your safety, but also for your fellow travelers.
I find this tip essential. Even if it is not required by the airline or your destination, it is best that you still have yourself tested to avoid the spreading of the disease. We have to think about the other people around us. This is not the time to be selfish.
- Bring extra face masks and alcohol (less than 100ml) in your bag.
Most of the airlines give some sanitary kits on board but it is better that you come prepared. Change your face mask every 3 to 4 hours and sanitize your hands regularly.
- Download Traze app prior to your flight.
If you are departing from the Philippines. Download the Traze app in advance. You will need to scan QR codes in every step of the way. From the check-in counter to the boarding gate, you will be scanning QR codes. I also suggest to have enough mobile data too.
Requirements for Outbound Passengers:
2. Visa, if needed
3. RT-PCR test, if needed
4. Travel insurance that covers Covid-19 (I got mine from Safety Wings)
5. Bureau of Immigration Travel Declaration Form (Download & Fill-up ahead of time)
Going Back to Philippines:
Make sure that you inquire and book an accommodation for at least seven days. Non-OFW passengers are required to take a RT-PCR test upon arrival to Philippines and book a transfer and a room in an accredited hotel. You must remember that this will be at your own expense.
The travel restrictions for outbound and inbound passengers from and to the Philippines are always changing. Please visit Bureau of Immigration’s website for the latest updates.