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.

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CEBU CITY

In compliance with Cebu City Executive Order Nos. 137 & 142, s. 2021, all passengers bound for Cebu City are required to present the following documents upon check-in at the airport of origin:

  • Negative RT-PCR test result taken within the last seventy-two (72) hours; OR
  • Negative Antigen test result taken within the last forty-eight (48) hours

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, all OFWs and ROFs only need to present their BOQ Quarantine Certificate as entry requirement, in lieu of the testing requirements required by the LGUs.

  • Returning Residents, Private APORs, non-APORs, tourists, or humanitarian purposes
    • Negative RT-PCR test result taken within the last seventy-two (72) hours; OR Negative Antigen test result taken within the last forty-eight (48) hours
    • For passengers coming from local government units (LGUs) where no RT-PCR test is available, present the following:
      • Certificate from LGU of origin stating unavailability of the said test along with a signed memorandum of undertaking by the traveler that he/she shall undergo RT-PCR test upon arrival. Likewise, these shall be presented to the barangay within three (3) days from arrival.
    • Approved Travel Coordination Permit (TCP) or Travel Pass Thru Permit (TPP) upon registration and submission of documents to the Safe, Swift, and Smart Passage (S-PaSS) Travel Management System via https://s-pass.ph)
  • Government APORs
    • Pass symptoms checking at point of entry
    • Official Government ID
    • Travel/Mission Order issued by the head of agency

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

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CEBU PROVINCE

In compliance with Cebu Province Executive Order Nos. 40 & 41, all passengers, APOR and non-APOR, bound for the component cities and municipalities of Cebu Province (except the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, and Lapu-Lapu) are required to present the following documents upon check-in at the airport of origin:

  • Negative RT-PCR test result taken within the last seventy-two (72) hours; OR
  • Negative Antigen test result taken within the last seventy-two (72) hours

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, all OFWs and ROFs only need to present their BOQ Quarantine Certificate as entry requirement, in lieu of the testing requirements required by the LGUs.

  • Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APORs)
    • Negative RT-PCR test result taken within the last seventy-two (72) hours; OR Negative Antigen test result taken within the last forty-eight (48) hours
    • Valid ID issued by their government agency/company
    • For government APORs, original travel/mission order by the Department Secretary or designated official
  • Returning Residents, all non-APOR, and Tourists
    • Negative RT-PCR test result within seventy-two (72) hours OR Antigen test result within forty-eight (48) hours prior to departure
    • For returning residents, valid ID stating address of residence in Cebu Province

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

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LAPU-LAPU CITY

In compliance with Lapu-Lapu City Executive Order 2021-044 issued on August 17, 2021, all arriving passengers bound for Lapu-Lapu City are required to present the following documents upon check-in at the airport of origin and upon arrival at MCIA:

  • Negative RT-PCR test result taken within the last seventy-two (72) hours; OR
  • Negative Antigen test result taken within the last forty-eight (48) hours

Returning OFWs or ROFs

Pursuant to RIATF 7 Advisory issued on 21 August 2021, all 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 Lapu-Lapu through the following:
Contact number: AHONG Cares Hotline (+63) 0967 220 6071, 0961 431 1370, 0961 806 7941, 0916 491 6690

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MANDAUE CITY

In compliance with Mandaue City Executive Order Nos. 22 & 31, all arriving passengers bound for Mandaue City and originating from HIGH RISK AREAS tagged by the National IATF-MEID entering Mandaue City 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

Returning OFWs or ROFs

Pursuant to RIATF 7 Advisory issued on 21 August 2021, all 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

All international arriving passengers 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. 114, 119, 122128128-A, 136, and 136-B.

  • All passengers will be subjected to 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.
  • 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 is shouldered by the passenger. For the list of accredited hotels, click here or visit https://bit.ly/MCIAAccreditedHotels.
      LIST OF ACCREDITED HOTELS
  • For additional information in relation to quarantine for Cebu residents, kindly get in touch with your respective LGU in Cebu (Cebu Province, Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, and Mandaue City)

AIRPORT ARRIVAL PROCEDURES 

Step 1. Online Registration. Complete the online MCIA Passenger Arrival Registration Form via https://mactancebuairport.com/covid-19-registration 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 at MCIA and a second swab on the 7th day of quarantine at their respective quarantine facilities or on the 5th day of quarantine if coming from a Green-Listed Country. To view list of Green Countries, refer to IATF Res. No. 136-B.

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 test results. Only the second RT-PCR swab test result taken on the 5th or 7th day shall be released via 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. For specific quarantine protocols, refer to the applicable protocols: