Davao City requires air travelers to present RT-PCR tests

Davao City requires air travelers to present RT-PCR tests

March 30, 2021 0 By The Sun Monitor
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By Jun Aparece

DAVAO CITY – The city government has required incoming air travelers to present negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test results upon arrival.

In a new executive order, Mayor Sara Duterte has sought to tighten travel rules to prevent possible uptick of COVID-19 cases amid surges in the National Capital Region (NCR).

The Department of Health (DOH) has recorded 10,016 new cases Monday.

The new COVID-19 cases have brought to 731,894 cases nationwide.

NCR and Cebu travelers

The new order also acquires travelers coming from NCR and Cebu either using other airports or through land to show negative RT-PCR tests when they arrive in Davao City.

In both cases, tests must be taken 72 hours before the trip.

In case of failure to present a valid test result, a traveler has to undergo a test and has to pay the cost of testing.

For all travelers, they must undergo health screening upon arrival and submit their Safe Davao Quick Response code even when the implementation of the code is suspended.

For overseas Filipino workers, they must follow the guidelines of the Overseas Workers Administration when they arrive.

As to those in the city for business or work, they must stay in accommodation facilities and must not stay in any home of residents.

40 percent vaccinated

The city, as of last week, has vaccinated about 40 percent of the 21,000 medical frontliners using Sinovac vaccines.

Dr. Josephine Villafuerte, head of the city vaccination cluster, the city has also intensified its procurement of additional vaccines.

The city will start giving jabs to the public once it could finish giving vaccines to health workers, she said.

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