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Senegalese diplomat officially unaware of border reopening

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“All intending travellers to Senegal must get clearance certificate from the Office of the High Commissioner including covid-19 negative test,” he declared.

On Friday 16 October 2020, Gambian authorities announced the reopening of all borders – land, and sea as the country experienced decline in the number of covid-19 cases in recent times.

“For the reopening of Gambian borders; I was not officially informed by the Gambian authorities. I only learnt of this through the media,” the Senegalese High Commissioner claimed.

Meanwhile, In Senegal: a covid-19 negative test of less than 7 days is required from 1 November 2020.

A negative RT-PCR covid-19 test, less than 7 days old, will be required for any passenger boarding an aircraft in Senegal from 1 November, the Ministry of Tourism and Air Transport announced.

Senegal has been experiencing a downward trend in Covid-19 cases for several weeks despite a resurgence of so-called imported cases. In a circular dated 13 October, the Ministry of Tourism requires “a negative RT-PCR covid-19 test less than seven days from the date of the results (…) for any passenger boarding for an airport in Senegal.”

The tests in question must be delivered by a laboratory located in the state where the passenger began the journey. 

Yesterday the Senegalese Ministry of Health reported 26 positive cases of covid-19, which brings total number of infections to 15, 418 with 13, 814 recoveries, 317 deaths and 1286 under treatment.

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