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||Covid-19 test centers in The Gambia, type of test, capacity, time required; documents required to do immmigration at the land border
There is a hotline number “1025” which can be called to explain the symptoms and based on which they act and advise to stay at home or send someone to test.
There are 2 test facilities :
The Medical Research Council (MRC) Unit at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Contact: (+220) 9001025; (+220) 6221025; (+220) 3441025; (+220) 7541025; (+220) 2101025
Kotou Central Medical Stores
Both being overseen by Ministry of Health and they do not entertain walk in tests
Types of covid-tests valid in the country: PRT test
Head of the Covid Testing Team in The Gambia informs that they can do the testing on request for 8 passengers a day. It takes 24 hours to get the result.
Documents: Each passenger must carry their Resident permit/Work Permit; a copy of the Payroll Tax payment. They may not be allowed to board the bus from Banjul to Dakar unless they have Immigration clearance.
||COVID-19/ CIRCULAR NOTICE by Senegalese Ministry of Tourism and Air transportation dated 14 July 2020 / CONDITIONS FOR AIR TRANSPORT OF PASSENGERS BOUND FOR SENEGAL / CIRCULAR N°02/2020 / UPDATE N°00/2020
Type of covid-tests valid in Senegal: RT-PCR
Time validity of the test: The passenger presents the original COVID- 19 negative test certificate, dated less than seven (07) days from the day of the test. The certificate or the document attesting to this must be issued by a laboratory located in the State where the passenger starts or has started the journey and appearing on the list of laboratories approved by that State or a health body internationally recognized.
CIRCULAR NOTICE by Ministry of Tourism and Air transportation dated 14 July 2020 / CONDITIONS FOR AIR TRANSPORT OF PASSENGERS BOUND FOR SENEGAL / CIRCULAR N°02/2020 / UPDATE N°00/2020
Travel conditions in Senegal
1. Reminder of conditions concerning airlines
Airlines are not allowed to market air services from or to Senegal only if they fulfill one of the following conditions following conditions:
1.1. The company has a flight schedule duly approved by the Civil Aviation Authority.
1.2 The airline has a one-off/explicit authorization issued by the Civil Aviation Authority to carry out a flight or a series of flights to Senegal.
1.3 For passengers in transit, the company shall ensure that the country of departure meets the requirements of the country of destination.
1.4 The Company agrees to comply with the provisions of Circular No.1025/MTTA of 17 June 2020 concerning it. It shall, in particular complete the COVID-19 Aircraft Disinfection Record - 19 (Appendix 1)
2. Prerequisites for passenger boarding
Airlines may board passengers to an airport located in Senegal only if one of the following conditions is met:
2.1 The passenger presents the original COVID- 19 negative test certificate, dated less than seven (07) days from the day of the test. The certificate or the document attesting to this must be issued by a laboratory located in the State where the passenger starts or has started the journey and appearing on the list of laboratories approved by that State or a health body internationally recognized.
If the passenger is in transit or connecting, he or she must meet the conditions of point 2.2 if the transit has lasted more than 24 hours or if the passenger went outside the premises of the transit airport.
2.2. The passenger started his or her journey in a State where a test is not available or cannot be carried out by the passenger, at his or her own initiative and in the time required for the journey to be made. In this case the passenger shall inform a form in which:
• He declares on his honour that he does not present obvious symptoms or is not ill from COVID-19 and has not been in contact with a person ill with COVID-19.
• He agrees to submit to sampling and/or testing for COVID 19 in Senegal, if deemed necessary by the health authority at the airport, following a risk assessment (symptoms, country of departure and transit, duration of transit, stay during transit, etc.). Testing costs are at the expense of the passenger. The location and modalities of the sample and/or test is indicated to the passenger by a staff dedicated to this work.
2.3. The passenger has obtained an exemption from the Health Authority, following a risk assessment (urgency of the trip, passenger profile). In this case, the request for exemption may be requested individually or submitted and monitored by the airline on behalf of the passenger. In this case, the passenger is required to complete the declaration on honour .
The list of persons benefiting from an exemption on a specific flight is transmitted to the airline at its request.
Exemptions requests should be sent to the e-mail address published by the Health Authority.
2.4. In all of the above cases, the passenger must agree to scrupulously comply with the hygiene measures established on the ground by the airport of departure and on board the aircraft, and to those established by the company air transport, in accordance with the provisions in force, including those enacted by Circular No. 1025/MTTA/DTA/SP of 17 June 2020.
Conditions of entry into the Senegalese territory (passengers and crews).
The passenger who meets the admission requirements set by the immigration services is also subject to the following requirements:
3.1 He must complete a Passenger Location Form for public health, in accordance with the recommendations of the Organisation of International Civil Aviation, at the latest before disembarking at the airport of destination. This form is available online at the Blaise Diagne Dakar-Diass International Airport’s website (www.dakaraeroport.com). It is collected upon arrival at the location and at the times indicated by the staff dedicated to this work.
3.2. From the moment of disembarkation, the passenger must scrupulously respect the hygiene measures in force at Senegal's airports, including those provided in Circular No. 1025/MTTA/DTA/SP of 17 June 2020 and circular n°6639/MSAS/DGS/DP of 22 June 2020 and to those in this circular.
3.3. Where appropriate, the passenger shall present to the airport health service’s staff a negative COVID- 19 test certificate, dated less than seven (07) days from the date of the test. The certificate or document attesting it must be issued by a laboratory in the State in which the passenger is starting or has started the journey and included on the list of laboratories approved by that State or a recognized international health organization.
3.4. A passenger who does not fulfill the conditions mentioned in point 3.3 shall be subject to a test at the airport of destination in Senegal and must undergo a sample and/or make a COVID 19 test in Senegal, if it is found necessary by the airport health authority, following an assessment of the risk (symptoms, country of departure and transit, duration of transit, length of stay, etc.). The test costs are to be borne by the passenger. The place and method of sampling and testing shall be indicated to the passenger by a staff dedicated to this work.
3.5. A passenger who presents obvious symptoms must fill in a medical form provided by the airport service staff. Medical attention will be provided to him by the airport health services in accordance with the sanitary protocol in force.
3.6. 3.6. Any passenger tested positive to COVID-19 shall be taken care of by the airport health services, in accordance with the protocol in force.
3.7. Children under the age of two (02) are exempt from the provisions of this circular.
3.8. Crew members must strictly adhere to the health measures established by their airline.
3.9. They do not have to comply with the requirements pertaining to testing prerequisites required for passengers, unless they show symptoms of COVID-19.
3.10. They must fill a crew member health form (Annex 4).
This form must be submitted to the Health Authority staff at the airport.
3.11. Crew members who carry out their rest period in Senegal are transferred from the airport to their hotel in accordance with a protocol established by their company and validated by the national health authorities.
4. Final provisions
4.1 The provisions of the present circular shall enter into force as from the date of signature. They will be regularly updated in the same form.
4.2 These provisions shall be without prejudice to the health and immigration regulations in force.