GIAA preparing for COVID testing at the airport

The airport just unveiled its new safety protocols in July. (PNC file photo)

The Guam International Airport Authority (GIAA) is thinking of setting up COVID-19 testing at the airport for new arrivals.

The airport just unveiled its new safety protocols in July wherein airport and tourism officials hosted a “social distanced” walkthrough with members of the media and guests to show the airport’s current efforts to promote Guam as a safe destination.

At that time, the airport also launched the Clean Plus Program, which includes cleaning, safety, and social distancing protocols that include touchless kiosks in select locations for baggage check-in, sneeze guards, mandatory face coverings for crew and customers, and giving customers options when flights are crowded.

John Quinata, GIAA executive manager, mentioned during an interview with Tony Lamorena on K57 that these programs were enforced to ensure traveler confidence coming to Guam. He also confirmed that the airport is setting up COVID-19 testing for arriving travelers.

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“What we have done so far as the quarantining of individuals coming in … we were starting to put in place where they can be tested when they come in so … that is still a work in progress…The physician’s advisory will get that done really soon. It’s got momentum. We are closer to having that done where these folks can get tested and get their result within the hour,” Quinata said.

Quinata said that they are also conducting a survey with GVB on the testing preference of travelers coming to Guam. So far, according to Quinata, the responses show that some travelers from Guam’s source markets would rather take the test here because it is a lot cheaper.