Guidelines for Arriving Passengers in Cebu, Philippines

Guidelines for Arriving Passengers in Cebu, Philippines

COVID Rules for transiting and arriving in Mactan Cebu Airport

I recently went back to the Philippines to visit my family. In this post, I'm going to share some tips and my experiences traveling back to Cebu, Philippines during COVID times. Let's go!

Traveling back to Cebu, Philippines is not that easy anymore. As of November 2020, there are restrictions and rules that need to be followed when you arrived in the Philippines. If you booked with PAL airlines most flights from abroad lands or stopovers in Manila. Most likely your flight will be diverted to Cebu due to limited COVID testing in Manila. The good thing is the airline flies you back to Manila at no cost. 

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My main destination is going to Cebu, and I normally take direct flights from LAX to CEB. I booked with EVA Airlines which stopovers in Taipei for a few hours and goes straight to Mactan Cebu International Airport. I always go to Skyscanner to compare flight prices.

For OFW, the government shoulders the cost for hotel accommodation and swab testing. However, for Non-OFW you will have to pay for our own hotel and swab test.


1. All passengers who arrive in Cebu must book a hotel prior to the flight departure. Check the master list of hotels below this post for reference.

2. Make a room reservation for at least two nights, as the COVID testing results take 24 to 48 hours.  Print the hotel confirmation for your reference.

3. Five days prior to the departure date complete an online formRegister at Mactan Airport Website After completing the online form, you will receive a Travel Reference Number and a Bar Code in your email. Print it out as the airline upon checking in will confirm if you have it and you will need it when you arrive in Cebu too. 

4. Make sure to check your email for flight updates. My connecting flight was canceled and I had to rebook all my flights to match my schedule. EVA Air was able to refund everything which made things easy for me. Ensure that you visit the airline's website as you might need to fill out some forms in advance. For me,  I had to fill out the  Advance Passenger Information(APIS) for US/Canada with Eva Airlines. A passenger health declaration form was sent to my email days before my flight too which I had to print out.  

5. Make sure to print out the Airline health declaration form, Hotel confirmation, and the Travel Reference Number with the Bar Code.


1. Passport 
2. Passenger health declaration form
3. Present Travel Reference Number and Bar Code
No more baggage drop-off. Everyone has to check-in at the ticketing counter as body temperatures will be checked.


1. Don't lose your boarding pass. You will need it upon arrival in Cebu.
2. Fill-out three forms which will be handed to officials upon arrival in Cebu. The airline will be providing these three forms on your connecting flight to Cebu.
3. Prepare your face shield. Everyone must wear a mask and a face shield upon arrival.


1. Keep the mask on and wear a face shield.
2. Find your line: Foreign Passport holders are separated from Filipino Nationals.
3. An official will collect the arrival form. This is one of the forms given by the airline during the flight.

1. Passport
2. Boarding Pass
3. Present Travel Reference Number and Bar Code

1. Passport
2. Health Declaration form (provided  by the airline)
3. Remove mask for picture taking. Smile!

Pay COVID19 RT-PCR Test cost PHP 4,900.00
Don't forget your receipt.

Present Passport
Two swabs will be done: nose swab and mouth swab.


9. PROCEED TO THE WAITING AREA. A representative will inform your hotel driver that you're ready for pick-up.

10. PASS-THROUGH CUSTOM SCANNER. If you have nothing to declare hand over your last paper /custom declaration form (provided by the airline) to the official.

FOR HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS - Compare prices with or

I love BOOKING.COM because they have a "pay later" or "pay upon arrival" when booking rooms. This gives you options to cancel bookings, manage activities and figure out the location, and if transportation works going to your destination. 

Most travelers I know booked from the AGODA.COM site. I try to be flexible when it comes to my bookings; I go for whichever gives me a cheaper price.

I've compiled here a list of the hotels as it was hard for me to check the PDF list on the Mactan Airport website so I made this for a clearer list. Reference: Mactan Cebu Airport Website

44 List of Transiting Hotels for Returning Overseas Filipinos and Balikbayans

Lapu-Lapu City -Closer to the airport

Address:  M. Patalinghug Avenue, Basak Gate, Basak, Lapu-Lapu City

Address: Punta Engano Road, Lapu-Lapu City

Address: Buyong Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City

Address: Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City

Address: Pusok, Lapu- Lapu City

Address: Maximo Patalinghug Ave, Basak, Lapu-Lapu City

Address: Basak, Lapu-Lapu City

Address: Purok5A, Gabi, Cordova, Mactan Cebu

Address: Manuel Quezon Highway, Lapu-Lapu City

Address: O&G Building 719, ML Quezon National Highway, Pusok, Lapu-Lapu City

Address: ML Quezon Highway, Lapu-Lapu City

Address: Marigondon, Lapu-Lapu City

Address: Mactan Newtown, Lapu-Lapu City

Address: Pusok, Lapu-Lapu City

Address: Wahing Street, Alegria, Cordova, Mactan Cebu 

16. Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Check rates Right next to the airport
Address: Airport Road Pusok, Lapu-Lapu City

Mandaue City

Address: Ouano Avenue, NRA, Mandaue City

Address: W.O. Seno St, North ReclamationArea, Mandaue City

Cebu City

Address: Gov. M. Cuenco, Avenue, Banilad, Cebu City

Address: #7 M.Velez St., Capitol Site, Cebu City

Address: Kaoshiung St., Cebu City

Address: Archbishop Reyes Avenue, Cebu City

Address: Baseline Center, Juana Osmena Street., Cebu City

Address: OsmeƱa Blvd, Cebu City

Address: No. 8 Apitong cor Escario Sts., Cebu City

Address: Osmena Blvd, Cebu City

Address: Gorordo Ave., Cor. Rosal St., Kamputhaw, Cebu City

Address: Cebu Veterans Drive, Lahug, Cebu City

Address: No.80 Apitong St, Cebu City

Address: #6 Junquera Ext cor R.R. Landon St San Antonio, Cebu City

Address: y 68 General Junquera St., Cebu City

Address: Archbishop Reyes Avenue, Cebu City

Address: Pope John Paul II Avenue cor S.Osmena Blvd, Cebu City

Address: 36 Archbishop Reyes Ave. Cebu City

Address: F. Cabahug St., Ayala Access Road,Kasambagan, Cebu City

Address: Cardinal Rosales Ave, Cebu Business Park, Cebu City

Address: Cebu IT, Park, V. Padriga Street, Apas, 6000 Cebu City

Address: Fuente Osmena Circle, Cebu City

Address: Benedicto St. Corner Gen. Maxilom Ave Ext., Brgy Tejero, Cebu City

Address: Maria Luisa Road, Banilad, CebuCity

Address: Salinas Drive, Lahug, Cebu City

Address: 18 Molave St., Kamputhaw, Cebu City

Address: General Maxilom Avenue, Cebu City

Address: Wilson St., Lahug, Cebu City

I'm not a travel agent. Please keep in mind that you're responsible to do your own research. Some information may have changed and updated.

Have fun and be safe ^__^

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Where am I going next?
My next adventure is to another U.S. state situated in the Pacific Ocean, the Beautiful Island of Hawaii.

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