Davao City scraps RT-PCR test requirement for domestic travelers

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 15) — Domestic travelers who wish to enter Davao City are no longer required to present negative RT-PCR test results, according to a latest executive order issued Monday.

“All travelers entering Davao City by land and all arriving domestic travelers by sea and air shall no longer be required to present their 24-72 hours negative RT-PCR test results,” Executive Order No. 66 stated, which will be effective starting Nov. 16 until Jan. 15, 2022.

“No document shall be required for entry into Davao City, except for security checks that may be required by the AFP and PNP personnel, for the purposes of anti-crime, anti-illegal drugs, and anti-terrorism operations,” it added.

Davao City is under a more relaxed Alert Level 2 from Nov. 15 to 30. Areas under such alert level have low and decreasing COVID-19 transmission, where intrazonal and interzonal travel are allowed.

But international travelers, including those arriving through connecting domestic flights, still need to comply with requirements and guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force.

The IATF earlier said that individuals coming from “green” and “yellow” countries, who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, need to undergo a facility-based quarantine until the release of their negative RT-PCRT test result taken on the fifth day.

They will then spend the rest of their quarantine period at home until the 10th day.

Meanwhile, partially unvaccinated and unvaccinated travelers have to stay in a quarantine facility, with testing to be done on the seventh day.

Once they test negative for the coronavirus, they will be required to do home quarantine until their 14th day.

Zamboanga City

Meanwhile, Zamboanga City also lifted the RT-PCR test requirement starting Nov. 16 but only for fully vaccinated inbound travelers. They only need to present their vaccination card and S-Pass permit upon entry to any borders in the city.

“However, fully vaccinated travelers coming in from areas with higher quarantine restrictions (Alert Level 4 and above) are required to present antigen test results secured from any DOH-accredited laboratory. Antigen test should be taken within 24 hours of travel,” the advisory read.

Non-fully vaccinated travelers are still required to present their negative RT-PCR test and S-Pass permit.

Zamboanga City will be placed under Alert Level 3 starting Nov. 17 until month-end.