Sri Lanka COVID restrictions are as follows:

Passengers must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 96 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must be in English.

My flight route is:

Nassau, Bahamas (NAS) to Panama (PTY) on 06/20 (Ticket #1)
Panama (PTY) to Istanbul (IST) on 06/21 (Part of Single Ticket #2)
Istanbul (IST) to Maldives (MAL) on 06/22 (Part of Single Ticket #2)
Maldives (MAL) to Sri Lanka (CMB) on 06/22 (Part of Single Ticket #2)

Does that mean I can take the RT PCR test anytime on 05/17 to 05/20? Most countries is PCR results must be within 96 hours of landing but according to Timtac, for Sri Lanka it's 96 hours of the first flight (which I assume is going to be PTY to IST).

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    Congratulations. Your apparently made it from Sri Lanka to the Bahamas! :-)
    – 8192K
    Jun 2, 2021 at 14:56

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You need to show your test results for Sri Lanka when you check in for ticket #2 in PTY. That means you need to take the test no earlier than 96 hours before your departure in PTY. Assuming you are using Turkish airlines the sample must be taken no earlier than 6:30pm on 06/17 Panama time (GMT-5).

Note that this is 7:30pm in the Bahamas (GMT-4) which is currently an hour ahead since Panama does not observe daylight savings time. This will likely be too late for 6/17 so in all likelihood you will want to get tested on 6/18 as early as is feasible.

Please note that separate test requirements may exist for your flight from NAS to PTY. These requirements would be from Panama. I believe that's currently "All travelers will be required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours prior to their arrival time in Panama." You may be able to do a quick test on arrival.

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