Guidelines for Domestic & International Passengers arriving via the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA)

All arriving domestic passengers are reminded to strictly adhere to the following guidelines and documentary requirements upon check-in at their port of origin and upon arrival at MCIA.

This is in compliance with the local regulations and protocols of the local governments of Cebu City, Cebu Province, Lapu-Lapu City, and Mandaue City.

This section is currently being updated. The content will appear once available. In the meantime, you may directly get in touch with the local government for inquiries and concerns on specific entry requirements:

Cebu Province:

[email protected]

(+63 32) 888 2328

Cebu City

(+63 32) 233-4194 / 254-8637 / 411-0102 / 411-0126

Lapu-Lapu City

(+63) 0967 220 6071 / 0961 806 7946 / 0961 806 7941 / 0961 792 3000 / 0961 441 6690

Mandaue City

[email protected] , [email protected] , [email protected]

(+63 32) 383 1658 / 230 4500 / 0948 988 6872 / 0916 442 1608 / (+63 32) 343 9091

Passengers are strongly advised to continuously monitor the status of their flights and to ensure the requirements are complete in compliance with the regulations and guidelines of the LGU of their point of origin and destination.

All international arriving passengers at Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) shall observe the applicable arrival protocols in adherence to Executive Order No. 17 issued by the Cebu Provincial Government on March 31, 2021 and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) Resolution No. 114 issued on May 7, 2021. 

  • Mandatory swab testing and quarantine protocols
    • All arriving Filipino passengers shall be swabbed upon arrival free of charge while permitted foreign nationals shall shoulder the cost of testing at PhP901.00.
    • Specific quarantine protocols shall apply depending on the final destination of the passenger:
    • For passengers bound for Cebu (Cebu Province, Cebu City, Mandaue City, and Lapu-Lapu City), refer to Executive Order No. 17.
    • For passengers bound for destinations outside Cebu, refer to IATF Resolution No. 114.
    • For arriving foreign nationals, refer to Immigration Advisory dated April 30, 2021.
  • Quarantine facility
    • For OFWs, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) shall shoulder the cost of quarantine facility. 
    • For non-OFW Filipinos and permitted foreign nationals, the cost of accommodation at the accredited quarantine hotel are shouldered by the passenger. For the list of accredited hotels, click here or visit


Step 1. Online Registration. Complete the online MCIA Passenger Arrival Registration Form via within five (5) days before your scheduled arrival date at MCIA. Take note of the unique Barcode/Travel Reference Number (TRN) sent to your email address upon completion of the form.
passenger covid test submission form

Step 2. In-flight procedures. Prior to arrival, fill out the following forms distributed by the airline crew while on flight:

  • Health Declaration Form
  • Immigration Arrival Card

Step 3. Arrival briefing. Upon arrival, undergo required briefing by the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ). 

Step 4. Validation. Once briefing is done, proceed to the Validation Counter and present the following: 

  • Barcode/Travel Reference Number (TRN) 
  • Passport
  • Boarding Pass
  • Health Declaration Form
  • Hotel Reference Booking

Keep the printed barcode until the date of your scheduled swab test. 

Step 5. Temperature scan. Proceed to thermal scanning by the BOQ. Remember to temporarily take off your caps, eyewear, and face shield when undergoing thermal scan. 

Step 6. Immigration clearance. Proceed to the Immigration counter for clearance. Submit Immigration Arrival Card. 

Step 7. Proceed to designated counters. Proceed to the designated counters at the Arrival Reclaim Hall: 

  • For OFWs: OWWA Counter for hotel accommodation assignment
  • For non-OFW Filipinos and foreign nationals, proceed to swabbing area

Step 8. Swab testing. All passengers shall be swabbed upon arrival by the Department of Health (DOH) Region 7. For other specific protocols: 

Step 9. Claim luggage. Proceed to assigned reclaim belt to claim baggage.

Step 10. Waiting area. Proceed to the designated waiting area and wait for a representative from the respective agencies for Customs clearance: 

  • OWWA for OFWs
  • Accredited hotel representatives for returning non-OFW Filipinos and foreign nationals 

Step 11. Customs clearance. Proceed to Customs counter for clearance. 

Step 12. Quarantine facility transfer. Proceed to your designated vehicle with your respective agency representative for hotel or quarantine accommodation drop-off. 

Step 13. Releasing of test results. Test results of the swab test performed upon arrival are released within 24-48 hours via the email address provided in the online registration form. For specific protocols on testing and releasing of results: 

If swab test result is positive, BOQ will coordinate with the passenger for specific instructions. The passenger must comply with the mandated health, safety, and treatment protocols of the DOH and BOQ.

If swab test result is negative, the passenger will receive the test result via email from the BOQ. 

For inquiries on test result, please contact the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) via [email protected] or call (032) 494-7000 local 7688 to 7690

Step 14. Home bound. If swab test result is negative, coordinate with your LGU for further instructions on transport and specific quarantine protocols. For specific quarantine protocols, refer to the applicable protocols: