MCIAA sets new travel guidelines

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MACTAN Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) has issued updated guidelines and protocols for arriving domestic passengers yesterday, September 29.

For Overseas Filipino Workers and Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROF), a valid ID and Quarantine Certificate is required stating that the 14-day quarantine has been completed and the result of the real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test is negative.

For ROFs from Manila who are residents of Cebu City, it is necessary to undergo an RT-PCR swab test at the city cluster clinics upon arrival, if the RT-PCR test result will be released after three days. Apart from this, it is also necessary to undergo a 14-day home quarantine.

For locally stranded individuals (LSIs), a travel authority from the Philippine National Police Joint Task Force Covid shield, medical certificate from the city or municipal health office where one is stranded are required.

Aside from the said requirements mentioned, a valid ID and letter of confirmation from the local government of Cebu Province are also needed.

However, these do not apply to the residents of Cebu City, Mandaue, and Lapu-Lapu.

LSIs from Manila who are residents of Cebu City, must have a letter of coordination from the barangay in the city.

Upon arrival, the LSIs will undergo a swab test at the cluster clinic and be followed by a 14-day quarantine.

For authorized persons outside of residence (Apors), a company ID or proof of profession or business, medical clearance certificate, proof of intent to visit, and certification from the local government of Cebu Province if their destination is under in the jurisdiction of the province are required.

There is also a need for a certificate of employment but this does not apply to uniformed public Apors.

Leisure travel is also prohibited.

In addition to the mandatory swab test and quarantine, Apors in the private sector from Manila heading to Cebu City are now required to have a letter of coordination from the barangay where they will reside and travel clearance from the city mayor's office if they will be in the city for more than 14 days.

Those who won't exceed 14 days, quarantine is no longer needed, but still need travel clearance from the mayor's office, negative RT-PCR swab test results taken three days before the trip, and a return ticket flight.

Apors who are working in the government no longer need to be quarantined, but a mission or travel order signed by the head of the agency involved is required.

For those who will travel due to medical reasons, certification, and medical certificate clearance from the local government where they live and certification from the local government of Cebu Province are required.

Traveling is still prohibited for those 21 and under and over 60, pregnant, and individuals with immunodeficiency, comorbidities, or health risk.

MCIAA warns passengers to cooperate with local governments wherever they go regarding requirements and protocols.(NDT/MMC)


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