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2021 Guide: Local Travel Requirements in Cebu

As a Cebuano who has traveled around Cebu since its tourism re-opened last July-August 2020, I initially found it difficult and confusing. Despite the government’s efforts to boost again our local tourism, it’s still not easy to travel as policies frequently change. But don’t fret. Here’s a guide to help you have a less stressful traveling in Cebu as we support and travel local this 2021.

But before we begin answering the frequently asked questions on local traveling, you should first know that CEBU consists of four (4) independent political jurisdictions that have different policies:

  1. Cebu City
  2. Lapu-Lapu City: Mactan Island except Cordova
  3. Mandaue City
  4. Cebu Province (biggest among the 4): All towns and municipalities in entire Cebu except Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City and Mandaue City

Most importantly, when you travel or even as soon as you step outside your homes, always make sure to wear your face masks and face shields and observe social distancing. These are the most basic requirements you should remember at all times. Let’s get started!

1. What are the requirements needed to visit an attraction in Cebu?

CEBU PROVINCE & LAPU-LAPU CITY:

  • For PUBLIC attractions like beaches, waterfalls, and other natural attractions or tours (Oslob whale shark, canyoneering, etc.), it’s best to contact first the destination’s local government unit (LGU) Tourism department especially that policies per area frequently change due to the ongoing pandemic. This will also save you time as there are days a certain attraction is closed temporarily for a day or a week. Refer to the list of contact numbers per LGU at the end of the article.
  • For PRIVATE destinations like resorts, beach houses and private stays, you must have a prior reservation or booking confirmation. Most property owners will also guide you with the other requirements needed by their LGU (if there’s any). Some resorts can also be booked online via Agoda.
  • Most restaurants (if not all) can also now accommodate children and seniors.

The Cebu Province also has an Online Tourism Portal where you can conveniently book a travel experience online. Here’s the official link: https://discover.cebu.gov.ph/

CEBU CITY & MANDAUE CITY:

  • For hotels and resorts in Cebu City & Mandaue, prior booking is required. This can be done online through the properties’ websites or through Agoda.
  • For attractions like museums, flower gardens, and others, walk-ins are allowed but may be subject to the property’s availability and policies. Kids and seniors are not advised to travel.

2. Are kids and seniors now really allowed to travel?

YES, for areas in Cebu Province and Lapu-Lapu City. The kids and seniors can join the whole family when staying in a resort or hotel, or dining in.

NO, for areas in Cebu City and Mandaue City generally. Though these cities are also under MGCQ, the LGUs still impose age restrictions for leisure movements. “Generally” is emphasized here as some hotels and resorts allow children and seniors, while most (if not all) restaurants cannot accommodate them. It’s best to give the establishment a call first if you’d like to bring kids and seniors.

3. Is there a public transportation available?

CEBU PROVINCE:

  • For south-bound travels, there are already buses at the South Bus Terminal near E-Mall in Cebu City.
  • For north-bound travels, head on to the North Bus Terminal in its new location at SM City Cebu’s open parking lot (across Bayfront Hotel).
  • For areas near Cebu City, there are already jeepneys (select routes) or you can hail a taxi/GrabCar.

Requirement for PUVs (bus/jeepneys/taxis) is wearing a face mask and face shield.

LAPU-LAPU CITY, MANDAUE & CEBU CITY:

Modern jeepneys and select public jeepneys have resumed operations. Requirement for PUVs is wearing a face mask and face shield.

4. Are there specific guidelines for beaches?

Beaches can be found in Cebu Province, in north and south parts of Cebu. These are the guidelines set by the Cebu Provincial Government for beaches:

  • Only 50% of the maximum carrying capacity of the beach front area shall be occupied.
  • Food and drinks are not allowed on the beach.
  • Physical distancing must be followed at the premises and during swimming.
  • There shall be a regular sterilization of all rented beach gear and equipment using Ultraviolet Germicidal Light. Instructions on the proper handling and use of sterilizing must be strictly observed.

As for Lapu-Lapu City or Mactan area, similar guidelines shall also be observed.

5. Is there a curfew?

Most public attractions are already closed past 5PM for safety reasons. However, generally for public places or private properties with outdoor settings, curfew is set within 12MN to 5AM the following day.   

Malls in Cebu City are allowed to open until 10PM, while restaurants are permitted until 11PM.

CEBU TOURISM CONTACTS

Below is the latest list of Tourism Contacts per LGU in Cebu (as of January 2021):

LGUContact NumberEmail Address
Alcantara9085220632[email protected]
Alcoy9436899062[email protected] / [email protected]
Alegria9562335753[email protected]
Aloguinsan09199067172 / 09773213301[email protected]
Argao9083594026[email protected] / [email protected] / [email protected]
Asturias0923-160-7074[email protected]
Badian0966-5569-065[email protected]
Balamban9989894363[email protected]
Bantayan9087672264[email protected]
Barili9323448645[email protected] / [email protected]
Bogo City0927-222-8063 / 9201354727[email protected]
Boljoon9422185110[email protected]
Borbon9455512304 / 09084344768[email protected]
Carcar City9270392761[email protected]/ [email protected]
Carmen9982672067[email protected]
Catmon9154135763[email protected] / [email protected]
Cebu City+63 943 702 4607[email protected]
Cebu Province9178437984[email protected]
Compostela0949-658-8046[email protected]
Consolacion9176771852[email protected]
Cordova9491317457 / 09434401981[email protected]
Daanbantayan9167771157[email protected] / [email protected] / [email protected]
Dalaguete9477076048[email protected]
Danao City9228055957[email protected]/[email protected]/ [email protected] / [email protected]
Dumanjug9276587113[email protected]
Ginatilan0917-327-7555[email protected]
Lapu-lapu City9162174220[email protected]
Liloan9224323166[email protected] / [email protected] / [email protected] / [email protected]
Madridejos9471460372[email protected]
Malabuyoc9055632886[email protected]
Mandaue City09322665767 / 09177701134[email protected]
Medellin9173076656[email protected]
Minglanilla9566026422[email protected]
Moalboal9276151287[email protected] / [email protected] / [email protected] / [email protected]
Naga City9176555533[email protected] / [email protected]
Oslob9222504860[email protected] / [email protected]
Pilar9489378965[email protected] / [email protected]
Pinamungajan0917-319-4414[email protected] / [email protected]
Poro0939-910-4598[email protected] / [email protected]
Ronda9054022960[email protected] / [email protected]
Samboan0925-506-1879 / 09173254808[email protected] / [email protected]
San Fernando9567144502[email protected]
San Francisco9334195684/ 9176347776 / 09123337726[email protected] / [email protected]
San Remigo0910-880-2172[email protected]
Santa Fe0928 616 5391[email protected] / [email protected]
Santander0926-678-6981/09293569943[email protected] / [email protected]
Sibonga9054332706[email protected]
Sogod09985597247/ 09179646429[email protected] / [email protected]
Tabogon09325200711 / 09993795808[email protected]
Tabuelan9482774680[email protected]
Talisay City9674024735[email protected]
Toledo City9569075008[email protected] / [email protected]
Tuburan9193194612[email protected]
Tudela9072327676[email protected] / [email protected]

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9 comments

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    Christopher Canencia

    taga tuburan mi sir/maam. ako bro and mother senior citizen want to go home. naami karon sa cagayan de oro city. wan’t to know sa pinaka latest requirements sa pag travel back home.

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    Rogella Kem Pasicaran

    LSI po ako uuwi po ako s cebu province in bantayan Island need po ba ng swabtest probinsya nang cebu ako uuwi not cebu City?

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    kung tga cebu moadto sa boracay, nig balik unsa man guidelines and requirements? tnx

  4. Avatar

    Is it allowed to travel in a bus with a 10 months old baby to Dumanjug?

    Thank you for answering <3

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    Are tourists from Metro Manila allowed to visit cebu already?

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      If ever I request my parents to go here in Cebu for some important matter we discuss here. Are they allow to travel here from Bohol even if they are already a senior citizen? And what are the requirements they needed so that they can come here in Cebu?

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    Judie Ann De Leon Jaen

    If Im coming from mactan but lives in cebu city can I bring kids with me? Will I be violating anything if I travel going back to cebu city bringing kids from mactan?

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    Are children allowed in Public buses?

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