THE Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) accommodated 24 inbound and outbound commercial domestic flights from June 6 to June 9, 2020.
GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. (GMCAC) said since the resumption of flights on June 6, the airport has been accepting an average of five domestic arrivals per day from Manila and Clark.
However, MCIA’s international flights that were set to resume on June 10 remain suspended due to travel restrictions imposed by the National Government.
The Bureau of Quarantine 7 will continue to monitor the body temperature of arriving passengers through thermal imaging systems. MCIA has medical isolation rooms for passengers showing symptoms of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
Cebu Pacific Air communications director Charo Lagamon and Philippine Airlines spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said most of their passengers were stranded individuals and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
Documents must be presented by passengers before they will be allowed to travel back to Cebu. These include medical certificates, travel authority and letter of acceptance by the Cebu Provincial Government.
The purpose for travel to Cebu can be any of the following:
* to return to their residences after being stranded in local government units (LGUs) outside Cebu;
* to carry out business matters; and
* to fulfill a mission as an Authorized Person Outside Residence, which refers to the frontliners in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic—doctors, health workers, media, government officials with tasks to do in Cebu.
Guests can apply for a travel authority or pass at the nearest police station. A medical certificate from the Municipal or City Health Office is needed to apply for a travel pass.
A barangay certification must be obtained before the Municipal or City Health Office can conduct a medical examination.
The travel pass is not required for travel related to work or business. Other travel documents required by local government units may be applicable.
Check local guidelines
Guests traveling on domestic routes are advised to check local travel guidelines.
In Cebu, Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia issued Executive Order (EO) 17-B requiring Cebuanos stranded in local government units outside of the province to secure travel requirements before they can travel back here.
They must present a document stating the negative Covid-19 test result, and the test can be either through a polymerase chain reaction test or rapid antibody test. If they are unable to present a negative Covid-19 test result, a medical certificate signed by the municipal or city health officer of the LGU where stranded must be presented.
A returning Cebuano must obtain a letter from the local chief executive of the receiving LGU indicating the local chief executive’s consent to accept him.
The other document that must be obtained is the travel authority from the Joint Task Force Corona Virus Shield. This document must be attached to the local chief executive’s letter of acceptance.
Returning persons shall be allowed entry into the receiving LGU provided that they are a bona fide resident of the receiving LGU and they have a letter of confirmation from the local chief executive of the receiving LGU; any document presented by returning persons must not contain false information and they must observe health protocol prescribed by the receiving LGU.
As stated in Garcia’s EO 17-C, OFWs who arrive in Cebu must also undergo a five-day isolation in hotels. The expenses for the hotel accommodation will be shouldered by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration. (JOB)