Hassle-free entry for fully inoculated passengers eyed in Cebu City

Published June 14, 2021, 5:06 PM

by Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY – Fully inoculated passengers may soon enter this city without presenting a COVID-19 test and other medical requirements, a proposed measure from the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) here to the Mayor’s Office revealed.

Councilor Joel Garganera, chief of EOC, said the move is a form of incentivizing fully-vaccinated individuals who plan to travel to the city.

“This will also apply to our airport and seaport passengers,” Garganera said.

Garganera clarified that the privilege will only be extended to domestic travelers who have completed the vaccination at least two weeks before the travel.

He said measures will be taken to ensure that what passengers will be presenting are genuine and not falsified vaccination cards.

“Each holder (of vaccination cards) must present a valid identification card and their photos will be taken by our EOC personnel in deployed in ports,” Garganera said.

he measure was discussed Monday, June 14, when Garganera met with personnel of the Cebu Port Authority, Philippine Coast Guard, Department of Interior and Local Government, and representatives of shipping companies.

The meeting was conducted after Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia issued an executive order (EO) requiring passengers from Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, and Bohol to present negative COVID-19 test upon arrival in the city.

The EO is valid from June 14 to July 24 “unless further extended.”