THE GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC), operator of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA), issued on Monday, September 28, an updated list of travel requirements for all domestic passengers arriving via the MCIA.
Aside from the previously required documents for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) or returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) such as quarantine certificate issued by the Department of Health-Bureau of Quarantine (stating completion of 14-day quarantine and negative RT-PCR test result) and a valid ID, ROFs arriving from Manila who are residents of Cebu City are now required to undergo mandatory RT-PCR swab test in Cebu City cluster clinics upon arrival, if the validity of the RT-PCR swab test result is already more than three days from the date of release.
ROFs must also undergo the mandatory 14-day home quarantine upon arrival in Cebu City.
Edilyth Maribojoc, MCIAA Corporate Affairs assistant of GMCAC, said since this new protocol came from the Cebu City Government, the City will be the one to shoulder the cost of the swab test.
She said OFWs are not required to undergo reswabbing upon arrival, as they are directly handled by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa), but they are urged to register their information in the OFW Assistance Information System (Oasis) at oasis.owwa.gov.ph.
Additional requirements are also imposed for locally stranded individuals (LSIs).
In addition to travel authority issued by Philippine National Police-Joint Task Force Covid Shield, medical clearance certificate issued by the City/Municipal Health Office where the LSI was stranded, a Letter of Confirmation from local government unit of destination under Cebu Province (not required for the Cities of Cebu, Mandaue, and Lapu Lapu), and a valid ID, LSIs arriving from Manila and are residents of Cebu City must also secure a Letter of Coordination issued by the barangay of residence in Cebu City.
Upon their arrival, they also have to undergo mandatory swab testing at cluster clinic and to undergo mandatory 14-day quarantine. The swab testing is shouldered by the Cebu City Government.
For Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (Apor), they must secure a company ID or proof of profession or business; certificate of employment or proof of profession or business (except for uniformed public Apors); medical clearance certificate; valid ID; proof of intent to visit, if applicable (for example invitation to attend a business meeting, among others); and certification from the Cebu Provincial Government if destination is one of the component cities or municipalities.
Apors are employees and workers involved in the manufacturing of basic food products, essential products, medicine and medical supplies, feeds and fertilizers, and equipment or products necessary to perform construction works; workers or employees in the food preparation establishments; retail establishments; media establishments; hotels and similar establishments accommodating guests who have existing long-term bookings, who have existing booking accommodations for foreigners as of May 1, 2020, distressed OFWs and stranded Filipinos or foreign nationals, repatriated OFWs, non-OFWs who may be required to undergo mandatory facility-based quarantine, and health care workers and other employees; officials and employees of all government agencies and LGUs, and gasoline stations, among others.
For the complete list of Apors, one can visit http://bit.ly/PNPAPORsList.
For long-term private Apors (individuals in the private sector staying in Cebu City for more than 14 days) arriving from Manila and staying at or are residents of Cebu City, they must submit a Letter of Coordination from the Barangay of Residence in Cebu City and a travel clearance from the Office of the Mayor.
Upon arrival, they must undergo mandatory swab testing at cluster clinics and undergo mandatory 14-day quarantine.
Short-term Private Apors or individuals in the private sector who are staying in Cebu City for less than 14 days need to secure a Travel Clearance from the Office of the Mayor, swab test result taken three days prior to departure to Cebu City, and a return flight ticket.
Public Apors or individuals in the government sector must secure a mission or travel order signed by the head of the agency.
Meanwhile, persons who are traveling for medical reasons must secure a certificate from LGU of residence, a Medical Certificate Clearance from LGU of residence, and a certification from the Cebu Provincial Government.
Traveling for leisure purposes are still currently not allowed while those below 21 years old and are 60 years old and above, pregnant women, and individuals with immunodeficiency, comorbodities or health risks (except under permitted circumstances) are still not allowed to travel.
Certifications from the Provincial Government of Cebu may be requested via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Passengers traveling to Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, or Mandaue City may get in touch with their respective city governments for other specific requirements: Cebu City (travel clearance) at email@example.com, Lapu-Lapu City at firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com, and Mandaue City at firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com.
Passengers classified as LSIs and private Apors can request the Letter of Coordination from their respective Barangays of Residence in Cebu City via http://www.tinyurl.com/lsicebu.
Passengers seeking assistance upon arrival may approach the government’s Information and Assistance Desk located at the Airport Village.
The assistance desk will be manned 24/7 by representatives or personnel from the Owwa, Department of the Interior and Local Government-Central Visayas, and other LGUs.
Passengers are also strongly advised to continuously monitor the status of their flights and to ensure that they have the necessary documents in compliance with the regulations and guidelines of the LGU of their point of origin and destination. (WBS with PR)