COVID-19 PUBLIC ADVISORY

Arrival Guide for passengers arriving at Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA)

All arriving domestic passengers are reminded to strictly ensure the compliance in the following protocols and and completion of the documentary requirements upon check-in at the airport of origin.

The following protocols and requirement comply with the regulations and protocols of the local governments of Cebu City, Cebu Province, Lapu-Lapu City, and Mandaue City.

Alert Level: Level 2 from Dec. 1-15, 2021

In compliance with Cebu City Directive No. 10-25-21, passengers bound for Cebu City are required to present the following documents upon check-in at the airport of origin:

Fully vaccinated individuals

  • Valid ID/proof of identity bearing holder's picture and signature
  • Official vaccination cards with QR code. If without QR codes, present the Official Vaccination Certificates issued by the local health officer or by the DOH-Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ). Negative test results is NO LONGER REQUIRED.

Other passenger NOT FULLY VACCINATED

Regardless of place of origin, shall be REQUIRED to present the following upon check-in at the airport of origin:

  • A negative RT-PCR (swab) test result taken within seventy-two (72) hours; OR
  • A negative Antigen test result taken within forty-eight (48) hour; OR
  • A negative Saliva test result taken within forty-eight (48) hours

Tests must be taken from accredited and licensed testing centers and laboratories by the Department of Health (DOH).

Other requirements per passenger classification:

  • Returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs)/Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs)
    • Quarantine Certificate issued by DOH-Bureau of Quarantine stating completion of the required quarantine period and negative RT-PCR test result
    • Valid Identification Card

Pursuant to RIATF 7 Advisory issued on 21 August 2021, returning OFWs and ROFs only need to present their BOQ Quarantine Certificate as entry requirement, in lieu of the testing requirements required by the LGUs.

For more information or concerns, passengers may get in touch with the City Government of Cebu through the following:
Contact number: (+63 32) 233-4194, 254-8637, 411-0102, 411-0126

Alert Level: Level 2 from Dec. 1-15, 2021

Following the Cebu Provincial Memorandum issued on October 1, 2021, passengers bound for Cebu Province (except Cebu City, Mandaue City, and Lapu-Lapu City) are required to present the following documents upon check-in at the airport of origin:

Fully vaccinated individuals

  • Official vaccination cards/certificates.

Other passenger NOT FULLY VACCINATED

  • Medical certificate issued within 24 hours before their arrival in Cebu

No other testing requirements are needed.

Other requirements per passenger classification:

  • Returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs)/Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs)
    • Quarantine Certificate issued by DOH-Bureau of Quarantine stating completion of the required quarantine period and negative RT-PCR test result
    • Valid Identification Card

Pursuant to RIATF 7 Advisory issued on 21 August 2021, returning OFWs and ROFs only need to present their BOQ Quarantine Certificate as entry requirement, in lieu of the testing requirements required by the LGUs.

For more information or concerns, passengers may get in touch with the Provincial Government of Cebu through the following:
Email address: [email protected]
Contact number: (+63 32) 888 2328

Alert Level: Level 2 from Dec. 1-15, 2021

In compliance with Lapu-Lapu City Executive Order 2021-058 issued on October 20, 2021, all passengers bound for the City of Lapu-Lapu are no longer required to present any proof of negative test result.

For more information or concerns, passengers may get in touch with the City Government of Lapu-Lapu through the following:
AHONG Cares Hotline (+63) 0967 220 6071, 0961 431 1370, 0961 806 7941, 0916 491 6690

Alert Level: Level 2 from Dec. 1-15, 2021

In compliance with Mandaue City Executive Order Nos. 31 & 36, all passengers bound for Mandaue City shall present the following entry requirements:

Fully vaccinated individuals

  • Official vaccination cards/certificates

Other passenger NOT FULLY VACCINATED

Regardless of place of origin, whether high risk or low risk area outside of Cebu Island, shall be REQUIRED to present the following upon check-in at the airport of origin:

  • A negative RT-PCR (swab) test result taken seventy-two (72) hours before departure; OR
  • A negative Antigen test result taken forty-eight (48) hours before departure

Tests must be taken from accredited and licensed testing centers and laboratories by the Department of Health (DOH).

Returning OFWs or ROFs

Pursuant to RIATF 7 Advisory issued on 21 August 2021, returning OFWs and ROFs only need to present their BOQ Quarantine Certificate as entry requirement, in lieu of the testing requirements required by the LGUs.

For more information or concerns, passengers may get in touch with the City Government of Mandaue through the following:
Email address: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
Contact number: (+63 32) 383 1658, 230 4500, 343 9091, 0948 988 6872, 0916 442 1608

 

Reference: IATF Resolution No. 151-C

*This page is updated regularly based on published local executive orders.

All international passengers arriving at Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) shall observe the applicable arrival protocols in adherence to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) Resolution Nos. 128-A136144-A, 148-A, 149, 149-A, 151-A.

The applicable mandatory RT-PCR Testing and Quarantine protocols shall depend on the three requirements:

  • Classification of the country of origin
  • Verifiable vaccination status
  • Valid documents verified by the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ)

 

As per IATF Res. No. 151-A, protocols for Green listed countries are temporarily suspended until December 15, 2021. Only protocols for Yellow and Red listed countries shall be observed. 

 

Vaccination Status Permitted entry to PH Requirements Swab upon arrival Second swab test Facility-based Quarantine Home-based Quarantine
Fully-vaccinated
  • All Philippine passport holders
  • Permitted foreign nationals
  • Other permitted passengers (subject to applicable Immigration laws)
1. WITH negative RT-PCR test result taken seventy-two (72) hours before departure to Cebu

2. Presentation of valid documents and approved by BOQ
X X
(14 days self-monitoring)
All Philippine passport holders only 1. NO negative RT-PCR test result taken seventy-two (72) hours before departure to Cebu

2. Presentation of valid documents and approved by BOQ
X
Until receipt of negative RT-PCR result
(advised to book quarantine for 24-48 hours)
X
(14 days self-monitoring)
  • Unvaccinated
  • Partially vaccinated
  • Unverifiable vaccination status (subject to BOQ approval)
  • All Philippine passport holders
  • Permitted foreign nationals
  • Other permitted passengers (subject to applicable Immigration laws)
N/A ✓ Fifth (5th) day ✓ Book for at least six (6) days X
(14 days self-monitoring)
Vaccination Status Permitted entry to PH Requirements Swab upon arrival Second swab test Facility-based Quarantine Home-based Quarantine
Fully-vaccinated All Filipinos and other passengers with permitted visas 1. WITH negative RT-PCR test result taken seventy-two (72) hours before departure to Cebu

2. Presentation of valid documents and approved by BOQ
✓  ✓ Third (3rd) day ✓ Book for at least four (4) days X
(14 days self-monitoring)
1. NO negative RT-PCR test result taken seventy-two (72) hours before departure to Cebu

2. Presentation of valid documents and approved by BOQ
✓  ✓ Fifth (5th) day ✓ Book for at least six (6) days ✓ Ten (10) days
  • Unvaccinated
  • Partially vaccinated
  • Unverifiable vaccination status (subject to BOQ approval)
N/A ✓ Seventh (7th) day ✓ Book for at least eight (8) days ✓ Until completion of 14 days
Vaccination Status Permitted entry to PH Requirements Swab upon arrival Second swab test Facility-based Quarantine Home-based Quarantine
  • Fully-vaccinated
  • Unvaccinated
  • Partially vaccinated
  • Unverifiable vaccination status (subject to BOQ approval)
Only returning Filipinos via government-initiated and non-government-initiated repatriation, permitted commercial flights N/A ✓ Seventh (7th) day ✓ Ten (10) days N/A

Click here for the list of country classifications

Note: Minors (18 years old and below) shall follow the vaccination status and country of origin of parent/guardian. 

Cost of Quarantine

  • 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, visit https://bit.ly/MCIAAccreditedHotels or click the button below.
    • Ensure to arrange transportation with your quarantine facility from the airport to the accredited quarantine hotel. Taking public or private transportation is prohibited.

 

Step 1. One Health Pass (OHP) Registration. Register for an account on the One Health Pass (OHP) website via https://onehealthpass.com.ph/ within three (3) days before your scheduled arrival date at MCIA. Take note of your Transaction Number which will be needed for the completion and submission of the electronic Health Declaration Checklist (eHDC).

Prepare a copy of your official proof of vaccination and/or negative RT-PCR test result. These shall be uploaded during the OHP registration and will be needed to determine your quarantine classification.

Step 2. Complete eHDC. The eHDC must be accomplished and submitted only a day before or on the day of your departure. Keep a copy of the OHP personal QR code generated upon submission of the eHDC. Keep a screenshot or print of a copy of your OHP personal QR code.

Step 3. In-flight procedures. Prior to arrival, fill out the following forms distributed by the airline crew while on flight:

  • Immigration Arrival Card
  • Customs Declaration Form

Step 4. Take note of your OHP QR code. Upon arrival at MCIA, prepare your OHP personal QR code. Only one (1) OHP QR code per person.

You will need this to present at the following points:

  1. First - During BOQ eHDC verification
  2. Second - at the respective help desks of OSS during the verification and assignment of your hotel
  3. Third - with PCG for the final verification of your arrival; when you check-in and check-out of the quarantine hotel.

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: 

  • OHP personal QR code
  • Passport and boarding pass
  • Hotel Reference Booking, if applicable

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 and present your OHP QR Code: 

  • Non-OFWs and foreigners: DOT Help Desk
  • For OFWs: OWWA Help Desk

Step 8. Swab testing. All arriving international passengers shall be swabbed upon arrival at MCIA regardless of country classification. A second swab may be done depending on the classification of country of origin with reference to IATF Res. Nos. 143, 144-A and 148-A. View classification of countries here.

All swab tests will be administered by the Department of Health (DOH) Region 7.

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 second swab test results. For those required to take a second swab test, only the second swab test result shall be released through the email address provided in the online registration form.

  • 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.

 

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*This page is updated regularly based on published laws and regulations by local and national government units.