Cebu city gov’t mandates additional requirement for returning LSIs, APORs from Manila

CEBU CITY – Starting August 28, all Cebu City residents, who are locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and private Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APORs) arriving at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) from Manila, will be required to submit a letter of coordination (LOC) from their barangay of residence in Cebu City.

This would be in addition to the Travel Authority issued by Philippine National Police (PNP)-Joint Task Force COVID Shield for LSIs, and following the mandate of the Cebu City Government, according to an MCIA public advisory.

The advisory said that, upon arrival in Cebu City, all LSIs and private APORs must undergo a 14-day quarantine at a facility determined by their barangay of residence in Cebu City, and undergo mandatory RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) swab test on the third to fifth day from their arrival date in Cebu City. The cost of swab test will be shouldered by the city government of Cebu.

To request for an LOC, returning Cebu LSIs and APORs should send a request via email to the city government at or contact the hotline numbers at 0945 278 5076 (Globe) or 0961 523 6009 (Smart).

Travel documents needed for LSIs include: Travel Authority issued by PNP JTF COVID Shield; letter of Coordination issued by the Barangay of residence in Cebu City and a valid Identification Card.

For private APORs, documents needed are: Travel Clearance from the Office of the Mayor; Letter of Coordination from the Barangay of residence in Cebu City and valid Identification Card.

For public APORs, they need the following documents: Mission or Travel Order signed by the head of the agency; Medical Certificate and Certificate of Employment (except for uniformed personnel).

MCIA advised the passengers to continuously monitor the status of their flights, and to ensure that they have the necessary documents in compliance with the regulations and guidelines of the LGU of their point of origin and destination.