Davao-bound passengers can now submit upon check-in at any airport of origin a negative RT PCR (Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction) taken 72 hours before their departure date.

This after Mayor Inday Sara Duterte considered an appeal from the national government to adjust the requirement of 48 hours to 72 hours, giving travelers enough time to have themselves tested for the killer virus.

Mayor Sara said that the Davao LGU will send a letter to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) amending the requirement from 24-48 hours to 24-72 hours negative RT-PCR result before the 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 as one of the 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 travellers from Manila. CIO

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