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September 16, 2021

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

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-A136, and 136-B.

All passengers will be subjected to mandatory swab testing and quarantine protocols.

  • Testing fees
    • All arriving Filipino passengers shall be swabbed upon arrival FREE of charge
    • Permitted foreign nationals shall shoulder the cost of testing at PhP901.00.
  • Quarantine facility
  • 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)


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.


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: 

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