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November 28, 2021

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.