Guv Gwen lifts swab test requirement for fully vaccinated travelers to Cebu

THE Covid-19 test is no longer mandatory for all fully vaccinated passengers going to Cebu.

However, all unvaccinated travelers are urged to undergo the Rapid Antigen Test within 24 hours before traveling to the island. Those who are unable to do so can be tested for free upon their arrival at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA).

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia signed Executive Order (EO) 43 series of 2022 that lays down guidelines for those who want to travel to Cebu.

The EO took effect at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, November 5.

“In no case shall a Rapid Antigen Test result be a requirement prior to boarding for travelers bound for Cebu,” the EO stated.

During check-in, passengers will only be required to present their tickets, passports or other valid IDs. Any other requirement, such as the Electronic Arrival Cards, will only be presented upon arrival in Cebu, the EO further stated.

The governor earlier said that to revive the local economy, Cebu Province needed to ease restrictions that were put in place at the beginning of the coronavirus disease pandemic more than two years ago.

Aside from lifting the Covid-19 test requirement for fully vaccinated travelers, Garcia, in the same order, said the wearing of face masks is option for all travelers bound for Cebu and the MCIA. (ANV)