Travel Advisory

CEBU arrival for flights from Los Angeles, Vancouver, and Nagoya

23 6 2020

Advisory No. 80

Attention - Passengers from PR 103, PR 117 on June 24 and PR 437 departing on June 26

We wish to alert our passengers that the following PAL flights departing from the US and Canada on June 24 and from Japan on June 26 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:

• PR103 departing Los Angeles (LAX) on June 24
-- will operate instead as PR5103 departing LAX at 11:55 PM and arriving in CEB at 5:00 AM on June 26

• PR117 departing Vancouver (YVR) on June 24
-- will operate instead as PR5117 departing YVR at 09:30 AM of June 25 (Thursday) and arriving in CEB at 01:30 PM on June 26

• PR437 departing Nagoya (NGO) on June 26
-- will operate instead as PR5437 departing NGO at 11:30 AM and arriving in CEB at 3:00 PM on June 26

The rerouting to CEBU is necessary to avoid a full cancellation of your flight, as we avail of the newly established testing and quarantine facilities at Mactan Cebu.

You will undergo the required COVID testing in Cebu rather than in Manila, and quarantine at a Cebu hotel accredited by the Department of Health (DOH).

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.

Please book your Cebu hotel accommodation prior to your departure from the US, Canada, and Japan. You may choose from this list of DOH-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.


Cebu airport, Mactan Island and most of the province of Cebu are presently under a more relaxed GCQ or General Community Quarantine status; this includes the many accredited hotels on Mactan Island. Only Cebu City proper has been classified under the stricter ECQ or Enhanced Community Quarantine status.

This new option to land in Cebu is one solution (to the quarantine arrival limitations) that we are working on with our 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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