COVID Travel Requirements Cebu for Foreign Departures and Arrivals

COVID Travel Requirements Cebu from Philippine Airlines (Updated February 26, 2021): Flying to and from Cebu-Mactan Airport soon, please be reminded of the COVID Travel Requirements Cebu before you plan your flight and fly. The information contained here is from the official travel advisory website of Philippine Airlines.

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Covid Travel Requirements Cebu

COVID Travel Requirements Cebu for Foreign Arrivals:

Note: An Overseas Filipino Worker or OFW is a person from the Philippines who is living and working in another country, typically on a temporary basis. This includes land-based OFWs and seafarers/sea-based OFWs. Families traveling together with at least one OFW will be considered all OFWs. Non-OFWs refer to Returning Overseas Filipinos (non-OFW students, non-OFW Balikbayan, non-OFW tourist, etc.), spouse and children of Filipinos, diplomats, foreign officials accredited by the Philippines, and eligible non-Filipino/foreign citizens.

In compliance with Philippine regulations, the Inter-Agency Task Force on the management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has revised the arrival and quarantine protocols for passengers arriving in the Philippines. Eligible travelers are required to undergo a facility-based quarantine while waiting for their RT-PCR test administered on day six (6). Day one (1) starts on the day of the passenger’s arrival.


1. Register via the online MCIA Passenger Arrival Registration Form through this link: All arriving international flight passengers are REQUIRED to register not earlier than five (5) days prior to departure. A Travel Registration Number (TRN) will be generated once registration is complete.

For land-based OFWs, register to the OFW Assistance Information System (OASIS):

For non-OFWs and eligible non-Filipinos, please ensure to have a confirmed booking at a hotel accredited by Tourism and Health Agencies and for at least 6 nights. Passengers arriving before hotel standard check-in times are encouraged to book an additional night to ensure room availability. Visit the MCIA COVID-19 International Arrival Advisory page or Please click here for the list of DOH-Inspected Hotels in Cebu. 2. For non-OFWs and eligible non-Filipinos, you may also pay for your RT-PCR Test in advance or upon arrival, which costs PHP 4,100. To pre-pay, follow these steps:

  • After completing your online registration and once you receive your barcode/TRN, pay at least 48 hours before your scheduled arrival date. The following are the available payment methods:
    • Bank Transfer or Direct Deposit (indicate passenger’s full name and arrival date in the details/notes section):
      United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB) – SM City Cebu Branch


Account Number: 00-318-1044-220

Swift Code: UCPBPHMM

  • Money Remittance Centers:
    You may ask someone to visit the following money remittance centers: Palawan, Cebuana Lhuillier, M Lhuillier, LBC, Western Union, etc.
    Payee: Janna Ragas
  • Other Methods: you may ask someone to visit Prime Care Medical Clinic located at APM Mall, across SM City Cebu, North Reclamation Area, Cebu City.

Once payment is done, fill out the Prime Care Prepayment Form via Present the prepayment confirmation at the Cashier Counter upon arrival. Cash and credit card are also accepted to process payment.


3. During your flight, accomplish the Health Declaration Form and Arrival Card.


4. Listen to the briefing conducted by the Bureau of Quarantine.

5. Upon deplaning, present your TRN (generated after registering through the online MCIA Passenger Arrival Registration Form), passport, boarding pass, and Health Declaration Form at the Validation Counter and claim your barcode for identification. Keep the barcode until the day of your test.

6. Proceed to thermal scanning by the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ).

7. Clear with immigration and submit the Arrival Card.

8. At the arrival reclaim hall, proceed to your respective desks for a briefing:

  • For land-based OFWs, proceed to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Des
  • For sea-based OFWs, proceed to the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) DeskFor non-OFWs, proceed to the cashier and pay for the COVID-19 RT-PCR Test. The tests costs PHP 4,100.00 and you may pay via cash (in PHP) or Visa cards. Currency exchange is available at the terminal.

9. Claim your baggage at the designated carousel.

10. Go through Customs Check and your respective agencies/hotel representatives shall assist you to your designated shuttle/bus that will transfer you to your assigned hotel.


11. Check in at your hotel and wait for your scheduled test, which is on day 6 of your quarantine stay.

Day 1 starts on the day you arrive in the Philippines. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms (e.g., dry cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste and/or smell, etc.) at any time before your scheduled test, please inform the hotel you are staying in so a medical or BOQ officer can assess and check up on you immediately.

12. For OFWs, your accommodation and food during your stay will be shouldered by the Philippine government. For non-OFWs, your accommodation and food during your stay will be at your own expense. Delivery of food and other essentials to your room are subject to the rules and regulations of the hotel.


13. If you test positive, the Bureau of Quarantine will transfer you to a designated hospital for further medical management.
If you test negative, you will receive the test result via e-mail from the BOQ. 

For inquiries on test result, please contact the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) via [email protected] or call (032) 494-7000, 7688 to 7690.

14. You may call your relatives or respective Local Government Units to pick you up at your hotel or arrange your own transportation. If your ticket’s original destination is in Manila or outside Cebu Province, Philippine Airlines shall accommodate you on the next flight available to your final point of arrival (e.g., CEB-MNL, CEB-DVO, etc.). 

• For Land-Based OFWs, you may coordinate with OWWA or use the OWWA Uwian Na portal for further transportation needs after your final point of arrival.
• For Sea-Based OFWs, you may coordinate with your Local Manning Agency (LMA) for further transportation needs after your final point of arrival.
• For non-OFWs,please call our Cebu Hotline at +6332 340 0191 (8AM to 8PM) for changes on connecting flight/s.

Because of an additional domestic flight from Cebu, an airport terminal fee (or Passenger Service Charge / PSC) amounting to PHP 345.00 will be collected from you in Mactan Cebu Airport upon check-in. This is a fee charged by the Philippine Government or Philippine airport authorities for the use of airport terminal facilities, and in this case, the use of Mactan Cebu Airport for your domestic flight. The PSC is then remitted to the government or airport authorities upon the passengers’ flight departure from the airport. To avoid inconvenience, please prepare the PSC in Philippine Peso currency prior to check-in in Cebu.
15. If you have an onward PAL flight, please ensure to pre-register and secure all travel and health documents required by your destination’s Local Government Unit (LGU). Click here for A Guide On Philippines Domestic Travel.

16. Please complete your 14-day quarantine or self-isolation under the monitoring of your LGU and Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERT).

Source: Philippine Airlines Cebu Arrivals Guide

Philippine Airlines Requirements for Passengers Departing from Cebu Reminders:

Last updated: PH Local Time, March 02, 2021Philippine Airlines and its passengers shall strictly observe the following in all airport facilities and on board the aircraft:

a. Mandatory wearing of face masks and face shields.

b. Mandatory use of the Traze Mobile Application to generate and scan their QR code when entering in, boarding from, and upon arriving in all Philippine Airports starting November 28, 2020, as mandated by the Philippine Department of Transportation. Click here to download and know more about the Traze App.

c. Registration to PAL’s Passenger Profile and Health Declaration Form as early as 5 days before departure and securing required travel and health documents of the destination.

d . Mandatory physical and social distancing and minimum contact at all times at the airport and onboard the aircraft. 

Philippine Airlines shall do its best to observe social distancing measures inside the aircraft, subject to space availability. Family members and individuals travelling together as part of the same household may still choose to be seated together..

e. Mandatory public safety announcements. 

f. Strict compliance on safety procedures in handling of (suspected) ill passengers on board, which include keeping the last three (3) rows of the plane vacant as isolation area. 

g. Regular sanitation and disinfection of airline facilities and equipment, and in coordination with the airport authorities, all airport facilities and equipment, including lavatories, frequently touched surfaces, wheelchairs, trolleys, countertops, etc.; Daily first aid stocks available on board the aircraft.

Per PAL’s Conditions of Carriage, the passenger is solely responsible for verifying and complying with all applicable government laws/regulations of all countries to be flown from, to, or through. PAL shall not be liable for the passenger’s failure to comply with said laws/regulations, or for any aid or information given here or by a PAL agent or employee in connection with said laws/regulations.

These rules are subject to change by the issuing government authority and are issued for passengers’ and the public’s safety. As these requirements may change at short notice, the advisories below are meant only as a guide. Please make sure that you have the correct and have completed the required documents before you travel.

Philippine Airlines Departure Reminders

Passengers are reminded to follow these steps before they fly: 

1. Register and accomplish the Passenger Profile and Health Declaration (PPHD) Form and save the confirmation e-mail and QR code, as early as 5 days prior to your departure. This is a 2-step pre-registration and registration process. Click this link to register:

2. Secure additional required travel and health documents (including COVID-19 testing as necessary). Please refer to the country requirements posted below and “Mandatory COVID-19 Testing and PAL Testing Partners” for any additional testing requirements of your destination country. As these requirements may change at short notice, the advisories are meant only as a guide.

3. Undergo a documentation check at the airport for check-in clearance. The documents checker shall assess the completeness and validity of your documents. You may not be able to check in and board the flight if you miss any of the requirements.

4. Undergo additional security screening upon check-in and/or at the pre-departure area. Passengers are advised to adjust their arrival time at the airport terminal for check-in:

     • at least 4 hours before scheduled time of departure or by 8:00PM latest for international flights from Manila
     • at least 3 hours for all other International flights

Source: Philippine Airlines Departure Guide

COVID Travel Requirements Cebu for Foreign Departures and Arrivals Disclaimer: Please note that there may be multiple travel requirements for each destination on national and provincial levels. These rules are subject to change by the issuing local government authority and are issued for our passengers’ and the public’s safety. As these requirements may change at short notice, the advisories above serve as a general guide.