Coming to Cebu City? These are documents you need

Ryan Macasero

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Coming to Cebu City? These are documents you need

TESTING. COVID-19 PCR testing at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport. Photo by Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority

(UPDATED) In addition to documentary requirements, persons traveling to Cebu City for any reason will be required to take a swab test

Under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), travel to Cebu City is now allowed, but requirements to enter are at the discretion of the local government unit.

Because of the slight spike in cases that began this November, Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella issued new guidelines for allowing entry into Cebu City for those coming in from outside the province.

The main difference between these new travel guidelines and the ones released in August is that non-essential travel is now allowed and a 14-day quarantine is no longer required because of the new requirement that all travelers must have an RT-PCR test taken within 3 days of entry to the city.

Here are the requirements if you need if you’re traveling to Cebu City soon.

This go-signal also covers government or private sector employees who fall under the government’s list of persons allowed to travel.

If you’re what the government calls a “ locally stranded individual” (LSI) or an “allowed person outside of residence” (APOR) – whether working for a government agency or private sector – these are the documents you will need to bring with you starting this Friday, August 28.

Locally stranded individuals
  • Travel authority issued by PNP-JTF COVID Shield 
  • Letter of coordination issued by the barangay of residence in Cebu City
  • Valid ID
APOR (private sector)
  • Travel clearance signed by office of the mayor
  • Letter of coordination from Barangay in Cebu City
  • Valid ID
APOR (government employees)
  • Mission order signed by head of agency
  • Medical certificate
  • Certificate of employment (except for uniformed personnel)
  • RT-PCR result taken 3 days prior to arrival 
  • Itinerary including booking and accommodation details and roundtrip tickets

All individuals traveling to Cebu City from outside Cebu province should apply for an authority to enter online here.

To get your letter of coordination you can email the Cebu City government at or call 0945 278 5076 for Globe and 0961 523 6009 for Smart subscribers.

Cebu City barangay contact information can be found here.

The Mactan Cebu International Airport advised those coming here to monitor the status of their flights and to make sure they have all of their documents prior to their flight. 

For updates on flight information, follow the MCIA’s Facebook page–

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Ryan Macasero

Ryan covers social welfare for Rappler. He started at Rappler as social media producer in 2013, and later took on various roles for the company: editor for the #BalikBayan section, correspondent in Cebu, and general assignments reporter in the Visayas region. He graduated from California State University, East Bay, with a degree in international studies and a minor in political science. Outside of work, Ryan performs spoken word poetry and loves attending local music gigs. Follow him on Twitter @ryanmacasero or drop him leads for stories at