Cebu City — The Mactan-Cebu International Airport will temporarily stop accepting international flights for two days for lack of quarantine rooms for arriving overseas Filipino workers and other returning Filipinos, the provincial governor said on Thursday.
“As of last night, we were facing a crisis. Why? Because the 2,500 rooms that were made available for OFWs and ROFs were already nearing full capacity,” Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia said in a media briefing at the capitol.
“And for that reason, the MCIAA has declared that they will close tomorrow for two days, May 14 and May 15. Flights have already been canceled,” she added
The airport closure decision was arrived at in an emergency meeting this morning among the airport authority, regional directors from a number of agencies, and the Hotels and Resorts Association of Cebu.
Cebu eased restrictions for residents arriving from international flights. Non-resident passengers are also arriving via the Cebu airport.
The protocols are as follows:
All arriving passengers will be swabbed at the airport and stay in a hotel for two days until the release of a negative RT-PCR test.
For non-Cebu residents, they will have to show proof of itinerary in going home to their province outside of Cebu and observe health protocols of that local government unit or the IATF.
Pending RT-PCR test results, the non-Cebu residents will be staying also for two days in a quarantine facility or hotel.
Cebu residents can go home to their hometown after the release of the negative PCR test. They will undergo home quarantine and be swabbed again on the seventh day in their homes.