By Tabora Bojang
The United States is arranging a special flight to evacuate American citizens and lawful residents in the States out of the Gambia tomorrow.
According to a State Department alert, the flight is facilitated by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Banjul and targets US citizens and US lawful permanent residents in The Gambia.
It will also include stops in other countries to pick up U.S. citizen travelers, stuck overseas after local governments shut down borders and airspace to fight the spread of Covid-19 pandemic.
The flight would depart Banjul International airport tomorrow to Washington Dulles International Airport in Washington, and according to the Embassy, priority consideration is given to vulnerable populations with underlying health conditions.
All passengers will be subject to health screening and those who have symptoms consistent with Covid-19 will not be allowed to board and may be further subjected to quarantine at a Gambia government approved facility.
According to the Embassy, all passengers are required to reimburse the U.S. Government for the flight, and a promissory note for approximately $1,900 must be signed before boarding.