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March,14 2020


Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) informs the traveling public that all flights to and from Manila are suspended beginning March 15 until April 14, 2020 in view of the government’s declaration of the COVID-2019 Code Red Sublevel 2 and the implementation of a community quarantine in the National Capital Region. However, flights in MCIA to and from other domestic destinations remain operational.

For passengers with affected flights, please coordinate with your respective airlines for rebooking and other necessary changes to your flight schedules.

Precautionary Measures

For your health and safety, MCIA reminds the passengers to comply with the precautionary measures that have been implemented in MCIA to control the potential spread and transmission of the COVID-2019. These measures include the following:

1. Mandatory Public Health Passenger Locator Form for domestic arrivals and Health Declaration Cards for international arrivals

All passengers are asked to fill-out and submit the Public Health Passenger Locator Form (for domestic arrivals) and the Health Declaration Card (for international arrivals) upon their arrival in MCIA. These forms will be used by the Department of Health, Bureau of Quarantine, and the Bureau of Immigration to check a passenger’s recent travel history and to locate a passenger for contact tracing, should the need arise.

All airlines have been advised to make a standard in-flight announcement prior to landing at MCIA advising passengers to fill-out the health forms. Passengers refusing to comply with and/or found providing false information will be penalized accordingly by the Cebu Provincial Government.

2. Entry restriction for travelers, except Filipinos and permanent residency visa (PRV) holders, coming from countries with a travel ban from the Inter-agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID)

In compliance with the temporary travel bans implemented by the IATF-EID, MCIA has implemented a restriction on the entry of foreign travelers arriving from China, Hong Kong, Macau, and North Gyeongsang Province in South Korea. Likewise, foreign travelers who have traveled to these places within the last fourteen days upon arrival in MCIA will also be denied entry.

3. Mandatory quarantine assessment for Filipino travelers by the Bureau of Quarantine

As mandated by the Cebu Provincial Government, all Filipino travelers and PRV holders arriving from or with travel history in China, Hong Kong, Macau, and North Gyeongsang Province in South Korea will be subjected to a mandatory quarantine assessment upon arrival in MCIA by the Bureau of Quarantine. Likewise, all travelers coming from or with travel history in Iran and Italy are also subjected to the mandatory quarantine assessment.

Through the assessment, the BOQ will determine whether a passenger will be subjected to a 14-day quarantine in a government facility or for home quarantine.

4. Intensified thermal scanning by the Bureau of Quarantine

Together with the Department of Health, the Bureau of Quarantine has intensified its monitoring of passengers by conducting thermal scans of passenger body temperatures in all domestic and international flights arriving in MCIA.

5. Regular disinfection of terminal facilities

Passenger entry points and terminal facilities such as escalators and elevators, stairways, boarding bridges, and seats are regularly disinfected. Meanwhile, alcohol-based hand sanitizers are installed in visible locations of the terminals for the use of passengers and airport employees.

6. Adequate health advisories for COVID-19 awareness

Health advisories based on guidance materials from the Department of Health and the World Health Organization are displayed in prominent areas at Arrival and Departure to provide the passengers with ample information on COVID-2019. At the same time, health announcements and reminders are made on a regular basis inside the airport terminals.

MCIA is closely coordinating with the relevant government authorities and airport community stakeholders to ensure the organized implementation of the COVID-2019 precautionary measures for the safety and welfare of all its passengers and airport community members.

For further questions related to airport operations, passengers may call the MCIA hotline at (032) 494-7000 or email [email protected]

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