Travel Advisory

Cebu arrivals for flights from the US, Singapore, Japan, and Taiwan

30 6 2020

Advisory No. 85

UPDATE – as of July 5, 7 PM

Urgent Update as of July 5:  Narita flight to land in Manila:   PR 5427 on July 7 will revert to the original planned TOKYO NARITA to MANILA routing (instead of the Narita-Cebu alternative), because an additional arrival slot opened up in Manila.  Revised timings: PR5427 will depart NRT at 3:30 PM and arrive in MNL at 7:20 PM.


Attention - Passengers departing from:

Honolulu (PR 101) on July 4

Los Angeles (PR 103) on July 5

Tokyo Narita (PR 427), Osaka Kansai (PR 411), Singapore (PR 508) on July 7

Taipei (PR 891) and Singapore (PR 508) on July 8

The following PAL flights will be re-routed to land in CEBU (Mactan Cebu International Airport - CEB) instead of in Manila, because of quarantine processing limitations at Manila airport. The rerouting to CEBU is necessary to avoid a full cancellation of your flight.

• PR 101 departing Honolulu (HNL) on July 4
-- will operate as PR5101 (Honolulu to Cebu), departing HNL on July 6 (Monday) instead at 11:40 AM, and arriving in CEB at 4:30 PM on July 7. The re-timing to July 6 is necessary to align with the approved slots at Cebu airport.

• PR 103 departing Los Angeles (LAX) on July 5
-- will operate as PR5103 (Los Angeles to Cebu), departing LAX on July 6 (Monday) instead at 11:55 PM and arriving in CEB at 5:00 AM on July 8. The re-timing to July 6 is necessary to align with the approved slots at Cebu airport.

• PR 427 departing Tokyo Narita (NRT) on July 7
-- will operate as PR5427 (Narita to Cebu), departing NRT at 2:00 PM and arriving in CEB at 6:00 PM.

• PR 411 departing Osaka Kansai (KIX) on July 7
-- will operate as PR5411 (Osaka Kansai to Cebu), departing KIX at 4:10 PM and arriving in CEB at 7:35 PM.

• PR 508 departing Singapore (SIN) on July 7
-- will operate as PR5508 (Singapore to Cebu), departing SIN at 4:40 PM and arriving in CEB at 9:00 PM.

• PR 891 departing Taipei (TPE) on July 8
-- will operate as PR5891 (Taipei to Cebu), departing TPE at 9:30 AM and arriving in CEB at 12:00 PM

• PR 508 departing Singapore (SIN) on July 8
-- will operate as PR5508 (Singapore to Cebu), departing SIN at 2:15 PM and arriving in CEB at 6:35 PM


You will undergo the required COVID testing in Cebu rather than in Manila, and quarantine at a Cebu hotel accredited by the Philippine health and tourism authorities. 

Once you receive a negative test result (usually within 24 to 48 hours of the test), PAL will fly you from Cebu to Manila at no extra charge. Please note that the cost for the COVID tests and the quarantine hotel will be borne by the traveler, whether the tests and quarantine take place in Cebu or Manila (except that, for Overseas Filipino Workers - OFWs, the government will shoulder the cost of tests and accommodation).


Please book your Cebu hotel accommodation prior to your departure. You may choose from this list of accredited hotels (please click this link for the updated list). We suggest that you book your hotel for at least two (2) nights, in line with the expected 24 to 48 hours processing time to receive the COVID test results.

Please show a copy of your hotel reservation as you check in for your PAL flight to the Philippines.


Mactan Island, the site of Mactan Cebu airport, is presently under a more relaxed GCQ or General Community Quarantine status. This includes the many hotels on Mactan Island that have been accredited by the Department of Health (DOH). Mandaue City and most of the Province of Cebu are likewise under GCQ or the even more relaxed Modified GCQ status.

Only Cebu City proper has been classified under the stricter ECQ or Enhanced Community Quarantine status until the end of June. "Cebu City" refers only to the specific urban area within the central city limits, and does not include the other cities and municipalities of Metro Cebu (such as Mandaue, Danao, Lapu Lapu, Cordova, Carcar, etc.) that are classified as GCQ or MGCQ.

This new option to land in Cebu is one solution (to the quarantine arrival limitations) that we have worked out with airport and health authorities, so that we can serve the thousands of travelers who have urgent and essential reasons to travel home to the Philippines.

Our aircraft and our crew are ready to fly you home, and we will do what we can to make this possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding in this challenging time.

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