COVID-19: Requirements for Interisland Travel in the Philippines

Requirements for Interisland Travel in the Philippines

Before you travel, always consult first with the LGU of your intended destination if they are currently allowing LSIs, APORs, or OFWs. Also, check with them if they require other requirements than the ones mentioned on this page.

Check the News page for updates on the resumption or cancelation of ferry routes. For those who are looking to have their swab tests taken, check out the list of licensed COVID-19 laboratories in the Philippines.

LSI Requirements

  • Medical Certificate
  • Travel Authority
  • Letter of Acceptance (some destinations only)

LSI stands for Locally Stranded Individual.

How to get Travel Authority for LSI

  1. Visit the Barangay Hall where you are stranded.
    Inform them that you are a Locally Stranded Individual and get a Certificate of Completion for a 14-day quarantine. Make sure you are not a PUM/PUI in the barangay.
  2. Visit the City/Municipal Health Office.
    Bring the Certificate of Completion from the barangay. Get a Medical Clearance Certificate based on the conditions that:
    – You are not a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case, OR
    – If you are a confirmed COVID-19 case, you have been tested negative twice through RT-PRC
    – You have completed the 14-day quarantine
  3. Head to your local police station.
    Look for the Local Task Force for COVID-19 and ask for a Travel Authority.

Where to get an Acceptance Letter?

You can ask for the Acceptance Letter from the LGU of your intended destination.

LGU Contact Numbers

APOR Requirements

  • Swab test (some routes)
  • Company ID
  • Certificate of Employment
  • Medical Certificate
  • Travel Order from Company

APOR stands for Authorized Personnel Outside Residence

ROF/OFW Requirements

  • Passport
  • Medical Certificate
  • Travel Authority (Secure from Regional PNP Office covering province/city/municipality of origin)

ROF stands for Returning Overseas Filipino

Province-Specific Requirements

Cebu City




  • eHealth Pass
  • Traze QR Code

Non-Surigaonons (APOR, Tourist)

  • Antigen Negative Result
  • Travel Order
  • eHealth Pass
  • Traze QR Code

Bacolod-Iloilo/Iloilo-Bacolod route

  • Valid ID


Where can I get the travel requirements?

  • Medical Certificate – City or Municipal Health Office or Barangay Clinic
  • Travel Authority – Barangay Hall or PNP Police Station
  • Acceptance Letter – LGU of destination
  • Traze QR Code – Traze App

Where can I get a PCR test?

You can get PCR swab test from any of the licensed testing laboratories in the country. Click here for the full list.

What do I do after I’ve completed all requirements?

Have your documents stamped by your local coast guard. After they’ve been stamped, you can then proceed to purchasing your ticket.

IMPORTANT: Always wear your face masks. Most, if not all, ferry companies will be implementing a ‘NO FACE MASK, NO FACE SHIELD, NO BOARDING’ policy.

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