Gambia’s Ministry of Health Provides Comprehensive Information On Arrival In The Country

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Dr. Ahmadou Lamin Samateh, the Gambian Minister of Health

The Gambia’s Ministry of Health has modified its entrance health requirements in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic (Omicron variant). Despite the fact that the variation has yet to be identified in The Gambia, the ministry has released the following information to the public.

“To enter the Gambia, passengers who have been fully vaccinated do not require a PCR test.” Such travellers should practise self-monitored isolation and visit a testing centre for an RDT test if they observe any indications or symptoms of COVID-19, or call 1025 for more information. If such people show indications or symptoms that are comparable to COVID-19, they will be required to do a COVID-19 Rapid Diagnostic Test at the airport.

“Category II: Non-vaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals: For entry into the country, all of these individuals will need a negative PCR test report valid for 72 hours. The same regulations apply to passengers from the following countries: the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the United States, Italy, Denmark, Belgium, Germany, Japan, Turkey, Ireland, France, Australia, India, Mexico, Sweden, Portugal, Canada, South Africa, Switzerland, Spain, Finland, and Slovenia.

“Category III: Passengers from countries designated as Omicron Hotspots must have a negative PCR test report and must also pass a PCR test upon arrival at the airport.” The list of such countries will be updated on a regular basis. South Africa, Botswana, Israel, Belgium, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, eSwatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Angola [and] Zambia are among the Hotspot countries, according to our national rules.

“The public is advised that upon confirmation by Port Health Officers or airline representatives as may be announced, all departing passengers will be expected to comply with COVID-19 testing requirements for the destination nations.”

“As a result, the Ministry is seeking the public’s continued support and cooperation in its efforts to restrict COVID-19 in the country.”

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