MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Filipinos travelling back home, or domestically inter-bubble can now easily book quarantine accommodation packages at over 120 hotels in the Philippines on Agoda’s digital travel platform. Agoda has launched similar alternative state quarantine packages successfully in Thailand in collaboration with the Thai Government in 2020, listing over 95 hotels across three cities in the country, and in Hong Kong in early 2021.
Agoda has automated the booking process for those traveling to and within the Philippines—bringing benefits to both participating hoteliers and travelers, by simplifying the search and booking process on one easily accessible platform. The Agoda Quarantine Packages in the Philippines comply with the requirements of the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) and provide access to accommodations accredited by the Department of Tourism (DOT) for frontliners and COVID-19 positive patients in isolation, as well as hotels for inbound guests to fulfill mandatory quarantine period. Agoda Quarantine Package options include airport transfer and all meals of the day for the convenience of guests and to help limit unnecessary contact. Through the Agoda Quarantine Package landing page, travelers can easily select from quarantine properties on the platform including those in Manila, Cebu, Angeles, Batangas and Cavite.
With over 120 hotels to choose from, inbound Filipinos and inter-bubble domestic travelers who are required to complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine (with the first 10 days completed in a quarantine facility and the remainder to be fulfilled at home), as well as people who would like to self-isolate to protect their families, will be able to search for and book DOT-approved quarantine properties via a dedicated booking platform (https://www.agoda.com/en-gb/quarantineph). The dedicated link allows travelers to search availability, room type, and pricing in real-time. Quarantine hotel package bookings are required as part of the process to obtain approval from Philippine embassies as well as compliance with airline requirements before booking their trip.
“Whether you are travelling back home or isolating to protect your family, we are able to offer an easy, convenient way to search and compare quarantine packages,” said Enric Casals, Agoda Regional Director of Southeast Asia and Oceania.
“Using our technology, we are able make the quarantine experience accessible to travelers, complying with local authority requirements. Through collaboration with our partners, governments, and tourism authorities, we aim to deliver solutions that help the travelling public to cost-effectively and safely return home,” added Casals.
The digital booking platform for Agoda Quarantine Packages is now live (https://www.agoda.com/en-gb/quarantineph), with more property options expected to join the program in the coming months.
For regular travelers, Agoda has introduced pandemic-friendly products like GoLocal, HygienePlus, and EasyCancel in 2020, prioritizing new travel preferences in Philippines and across the world.