From December 2020 to August 2021, a total of 256 passengers have been apprehended by authorities in airports across the country for presenting fake negative Covid-19 test results.
AirAsia Philippines reminded its passengers to adhere to strict and safety protocols and warned them from submitting fake test results.
The company said since December 31, 2020 to August 31, 2021, a total of 256 passengers across all airports in the country have been apprehended by Aviation Security Group of the Philippine National Police over fake (Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction) RT-PCR results.
AirAsia Philippines said that guests should get their RT-PCR tests only from legitimate laboratories and testing centers.
"We are one with the government in protecting our borders against the possible spread of the Covid-19 virus. We at AirAsia Philippines are committed to implementing the highest standards of health and safety protocols so that guests fly with peace of mind," AirAsia Philippines spokesman Steve Dailisan said in a statement.
He added that this illegal practice undermines the safety of travelers especially with the presence of other highly transmissible variants of Covid-19. "AirAsia has partnered with various diagnostic laboratories to ensure that trusted institutions and affordable Covid-19 tests remain accessible to all our guests."
Dailisan said AirAsia passengers may choose from eight partner laboratories in Metro Manila such as Philippine Airport Diagnostic Laboratory, Health Metrics, Safeguard DNA Diagnostics, Hi-Precision Diagnostics, Hero Laboratories, Manila Doctors Hospital, Cardinal Santos Medical Center, and the Lord's Grace.
It offers a price cut on its services with a discount of up to P1,000 on RT-PCR bringing down the rates from as low as P2,500 and Antigen tests at P775 exclusive to AirAsia passengers until December 31, 2021.
Penalties for individuals submitting a fake testing result include the filing of violation of RA 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act. If found guilty, they can face penalties of up to P50,000 or imprisonment for up to six months.
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