Korean Air check-in counters at NAIA Terminal 1 (PNA file photo by Cristina Arayata)

MANILA – Passengers from the Philippines transiting to Incheon, Korea, are no longer required to present a negative Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test upon check-in at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the Korean Air (KE) announced on Monday.

In a Facebook post, KE said this is a directive of the Korean government, and is effective immediately.

"Please note that this exception only applies to transit passengers," it said.

The airline added that requirements from the origin or destination country must be checked separately.

To properly observe measures against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), KE reminded that all passengers are still required to wear face masks at the transit area. Those without face masks will not be allowed to board.

Further, temperature checks will still be conducted before boarding the flight from Manila.

Those with a body temperature of 37.5 degrees and above cannot board the aircraft.

Also, those originating from the UK and South Africa with temperature of 37.3 degrees and above will not be allowed to board, KE said. (PNA)