- Why she traveled to the Philippines
- How to prepare for the trip to the Philippines
- What to expect during the flight
- What took place at the airport
- Quarantine life
Joan’s story – in her own words
2. Booked tickets from Los Angeles to Cebu (not Manila)
- we must have pre-booked accommodation for at least seven nights in an accredited quarantine hotel or facility
- we will be given COVID-19 testing on the sixth day of arrival (I also heard testing to be given on the 7th day)
- According to PAL, “Accommodation and food during your stay will be at your own expense. Delivery of food and other essentials to your room are subject to the rules and regulations of the hotel.”
I was so happy at first as Cebu had less steps to follow to generate the QR code vs. arriving in Manila. I booked a quarantine hotel in Cebu with a balcony for grandma. I coordinated with our Cebu hotel for airport pick up and food for us. I even contacted a friend based in Cebu if they can get some groceries for us.
3. What to do with all the pre-booked arrangement info
4. Need to have back-up plans
5. Complicated process in Manila when compared with Cebu
6. How many guests can stay in one quarantine room
7. The flight back to Manila
8. Arrival in the Philippines
9. Inside the Airport Terminal:
10. Transportation to the quarantine hotel
11. Arrival at Quarantine hotel
12. How much was the quarantine hotel
For this 10-day booking at the Somerset Hotel, it cost me 61,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards (worth $983). This booking includes breakfast. Lunch and dinner are extra. Here’s the menu.
- You need to be in room isolation for 10 days.
- On the 3rd day, Philippine Airlines will email to confirm your upcoming COVID test.
- On the 5th day, someone will call to verify your info and schedule the test.
- On the 7th day, you get your COVID tests (via nose and mouth).
- On 9th day, they will give you the test results via email.
- On 10th day, you may check out, present your negative COVID test to the front desk so they can give you a release certificate.