Gambia introduces new entry requirements for travelers

Gambia introduces new entry requirements for travelers

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Press release

The Ministry of Health wishes to inform the general public that the entry requirements into The Gambia, in respect to Covid-19 response, are hereby updated with effect from 11th December 2021.

This is in line with the current status of the discovery of the new corona virus variant of concern, the Omicron, in a few countries around the world. This virus is not yet identified in The Gambia. The following categories exist:

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Category I:

Fully vaccinated passengers; Passengers who have been fully vaccinated do not need a PCR test to enter into the Gambia. Such travelers are advised on self-monitored isolation and avail themselves to the testing centers for RDT test should in case they notice any signs and symptoms of Covid-19 or could call 1025 for enquiry.

However, if such individuals have signs or symptoms similar to those of Covid-19, they will be required to undergo Rapid Diagnostic Test for Covid-19 at the airport.

Category II:

Non Vaccinated or Partially Vaccinated individuals; All these individuals will need a negative PCR test report valid within 72hrs for entry into the country. The same protocol applies to those travelers from countries considered as Hotspots for the Delta variant and such countries are: The list of the hotspots countries based on our national guidelines are as follows:

List of countries

United Kingdom, Netherlands, USA, Italy Denmark, Belgium, Germany, Japan, Turkey, Ireland, France, Australia, India Mexico, Sweden, Portugal, Canada, South Africa Switzerland, Spain, Finland, Slovenia Category III: Passengers from countries considered as Hotspot for the Omicron variant will need a negative PCR test report and in addition undergo a PCR Test upon arrival at the airport. List of such countries will be periodically updated. The list of the Hotspot countries based on our national guidelines are as follows:

List of countries

South Africa, Botswana, Israel Belgium Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy Czech Republic, eSwatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe Angola and Zambia.

The public is informed that all departing passengers will be required to adhere to the Covid-19 testing requirement for the destination countries upon confirmation by the Port Health Officers or airline representatives as might be published.

The Ministry is, therefore, soliciting the continuous support and cooperation of the public in its efforts to contain Covid-19 in the country.