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Updated December 2021

As per the recent announcement by local authorities in the Philippines, the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) will only accept travellers from abroad who are Cebuano Overseas Filipino Workers and returning Filipinos.

The directives have been issued in response to the influx in hotel occupancy rates due to local bookings by residents who have occupied hotel rooms for shelter following the catastrophe left by the typhoon ‘Odette’.

Starting 23 December, the authorities will limit international arrivals exclusively to Cebu residents until 3 January 2022. Other nationalities will not be permitted to travel on these flights. Those eligible to enter will be swabbed upon arrival and can stay for a maximum of two days in quarantine hotels.

Cebuano Overseas Filipino Workers will need to present a valid ID card and a completed declaration form containing their residential address in Cebu. In addition, returning Filipinos should possess proof of pre-booked two-day hotel stay at an accredited hotel in Cebu.

Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs) and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) will be required to serve a shorter hotel quarantine period. If coming from a red list country, they will need to undertake testing during hotel quarantine on day seven, day five testing if arriving from a yellow list country, and day three if from a green list country.

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