Affordable Covid PCR Tests in Metro Manila

Friday, December 4, 2020

Having  been under quarantine for almost nine months now, truly is a blessing to have reached this far.   For most of us, we are therefore blessed to have survived 9 months healthy and not affected by covid 19!

As government has relaxed policies on travel,  a covid PCR test is now mandatory to be allowed to travel.  Aside from getting covid tested for travel purposes, this may also be essential if you are planning a mini family gathering this Christmas.  But where can one get an affordable mandatory covid PCR test?

There are many accredited laboratories which can provide the mandatory covid tests at different prices from cheap to expensive rates.   In my facebook news feed, for example, I see so many of these.  But for purposes of giving my readers a good recommendation,  I am limiting my list to only the top 3 which I have found to be reputable with the lowest prices I have found in my research.


Rate for PCR test for individuals not affiliated with PGH

  • Walk in/pre-scheduled patients – P1,800;
  • Drive thru – P3,800
  • Off site – P5,000

What I like best with PGH is that it offers covid PCR testing totally FREE for all senior citizens and PWDs.   PGH also provides covid tests at an affordable rate whether one is a member of Philhealth or not.

Contact Details:

     Tel. No. 8554-8400 loc 5181


2. Philippine Red Cross

Covid testing thru the Philippine Red Cross at the MOA Arena earlier was free but due to issues of Red Cross not being paid by Philhealth, covid PCR tests are now charged at P3,800.  This amount is still lower than the P4000 up that all other hospitals and laboratories charge. Moreover, results are available for as short as 10 minutes!

Services may be obtained by booking in advance at your preferred schedule using this link:

You also need to fill up an electronic form below:

Covid Testing Sites:  Port Area, Mandaluyong and NAIA (for inbound passengers)

3. Chinese General Hospital

So far,  this is my most recommended site for covid PCR Testing for the following reasons:

  • Most affordable price as Philhealth benefit of P3,409 is deducted from the actual cost
  Cost for Regular Individual Cost for Senior Citizens and PWD
PCR test P4,000 P4,000
Less: Philhealth   3,409    3,409
          20% discount          591
Net Payable P591 -0-
  • Has option to pre-schedule drive thru test (P5,000 , Philhealth benefit not applied)

To Schedule a Drive Thru Covid Test:

Contact Details:  Call Philhealth section from 9am to 5pm at 87114141 local 226 for the details and requirements.

Of course, price will not only be the determining factor where to go to have one’s covid test.  Where you want to have covid tested will depend on how soon you need the result, as well as your appetite for risk to get out of the house to have it done is entirely up to you.   A home or drive thru service may be good options and to those who may be willing to pay more.

Whatever decision you make, observe proper health protocols and stay safe, my friends!