Cebu City still requires inbound travelers to submit negative PCR test


Mayor Edgardo Labella on Monday is keeping real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test results as a requirement for travelers bound for Cebu City.

Labella said he might no longer issue a new executive order to ensure that the city’s existing health protocols were in line with those from the government’s coronavirus task force.

He decided to sustain the health protocols for inbound travelers due to the continued rise of new coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases in the city, according to the mayor. (

“I would rather require RT-PCR test results and to protect the health of our people in the City of Cebu. Because it is really a hub, a place where people converge from different islands in the Visayas and in Northern Mindanao,” he added.

Earlier, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases allowed local government units to do away with RT-PCR test results as a requirement for incoming travelers.