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PRESS RELEASE: UPDATE ON THE QUARANTINE AND TESTING GUIDANCE FOR PEOPLE ENTERING THE COUNTRY

06 Jan 2021

REPUBLIC OF THE GAMBIA

MINISTRY OF HEALTH THE QUADRANGLE BANJUL

The Ministry of Health wishes to inform the public that there is an update on the testing guidance for passengers coming into the country.

As we monitor the progress on the pandemic, there is a fast-spreading new strain of the coronavirus which has emerged in the UK and now in many other countries. Its potential implications for public health have begun to be examined, according to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Thus, all travelers coming from hotspot countries where the new strain of coronavirus has been identified will undergo sample taking and testing upon arrival in the country in addition to having a valid COVID-19 PCR test results of 72hrs. These travelers must undergo mandatory quarantine at their own cost. Samples that are found positive upon their testing on arrival in The Gambia, will have the virus strain sequenced to confirm the genome.

All other travelers from countries not identified as hotspot for the new strain of COVID-19 must provide a valid negative PCR test to go on home isolation. Effective 9th January, 2021 the hot spot countries that these restrictions will apply to are as follows (additional countries could be added at the discretion of the Ministry of Health):

  1. United Kingdom

  2. Belgium

  3. Italy

  4. USA

  5. France

  6. Japan

  7. Singapore

  8. Spain

  9. South Africa

  10. South Korea

  11. Sweden

  12. Jordan

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5th January, 2021

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Tel: 4227354

Fax: 4229325

email: info@mohsw.gov.gm / doshsw@qanet.gm.com

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13. Lebanon
14. The Netherlands 15. Turkey
16. Norway
17. India
18. Pakistan
19. Chile
20. Switzerland
21. Denmark

The Ministry of Health seeks compliance of the public to this order.

Honourable Dr. Ahmadou Lamin Samateh Minister of Health

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