Travel Advisory

Selected Middle East Flights to land in Cebu

18 8 2020

Advisory No. 106
August 17, 2020


-       Passengers departing from Dubai and Doha on August 20 & 27

-       Passengers departing from Dammam on August 21& 28

Your PAL flight 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.

  • Flight PR 659 from Dubai on August 20 and 27 will operate as Dubai- Cebu, leaving Dubai at 9:45 PM and arriving in Cebu at 11:40 AM on August 21 & 28, respectively.
  • Flight PR 685 from Doha on August 20 and 27 will operate as Doha- Cebu, leaving Doha at 8:00 PM and arriving in Cebu at 11:00 AM on August 21 & 28, respectively.
  • Flight PR 683 from Dammam on August 21 and 28 will operate as Dammam- Cebu, leaving Dammam at 6:00 PM and arriving in Cebu at 9:15 AM on August 22 & 29, respectively.



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, (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. For the updated list, please click on this link – https://bit.ly/347WT1x

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.


All international passengers arriving in Cebu are required to register online not earlier than five (5) days prior to their flight departure via the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Passenger Arrival Registration Form. Click on this link to register: https://mactancebuairport.com/covid-19- registration

For land-based OFWs, register with the OFW Assistance Information System (OASIS): http://oasis.owwa.gov.ph/


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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