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Cebu City welcomes visitors

Cebu City welcomes tourists, including those coming from the National Capital Region (NCR) and its neighboring provinces.

Cebu City Tourism Commissioner Jocelyn Pesquera said the city has been open to non-essential travel and vacation since November 2020.

Section 3-A of Executive Order 125 issued in March this year, stip7oates that returning residents, private authorized persons outside residence (Apor), non-Apor and persons traveling for leisure and humanitarian reasons must secure a negative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test from a Department of Health-(DOH) accredited molecular laboratory taken not more than 72 hours prior to arrival.

For those whose place of origin does not have an RT-PCR test, they must secure certification from the local government unit stating that an RT-PCR test is unavailable so they will be tested upon arrival.

Travelers can avail themselves of the free swab test in the city’s seaport and City Health Department coronavirus disease 2019 clinics upon presentation of their travel coordination permit.

If tourists land at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIa+A), they must comply with their hotel’s requirements, said Pesquera. But if they are staying in the cities of Lapu-Lapu or Mandaue and visiting tourist spots in Cebu City, they no longer have to comply.

Pesquera had said the city’s tourism industry continued to rely on locals.