MANILA, Philippines – The Davao City government said it has amended its requirement of a negative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test result for passengers bound for the city.
In a statement on Monday, the city government said Davao-bound passengers can now submit upon check-in at any airport of origin a negative RT-PCR taken 72 hours before their date of departure.
It said that the move is in response to an appeal from the national government to give travelers enough time to have themselves tested for the viral novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Davao Mayor Sara Duterte said the city government will send a letter to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines amending the requirement from 24 to 48 hours to 24 to 72 hours negative RT-PCR result before their departure date.
Davao City had earlier required Davao-bound passengers to submit upon check-in at any airport of origin a negative RT PCR result taken 48 hours before the departure date.
It is one of the city’s measures to control the transmission of the coronavirus infection.
“The city government was prompted to require a negative RT-PCR after the data from the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit showed that the highest confirmed Covid-19 cases in Davao City were travelers from Manila,” it said.
Meanwhile, the Cebu Pacific airline company reminded Davao-bound passengers to submit their tests as required, adding that those who will fail to present their RT-PCR test results will not be allowed to board the flight.
The airliner also said that a rapid test kit result “is not acceptable.”
Passenger bound for Davao City will also have to provide their complete addresses prior to travel date and that giving inaccurate information or incomplete requirements may result in denied boarding of the flight, it further said.
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