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(Updated Monday, 10th December 2021; 11:31am)

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GHANA (Accra) (Updated 10th December 2021; 10:31am)

1. Passengers must be in possession of a negative PCR test taken within the 72 hours prior to scheduled departure of the first flight
2. Arriving passengers must complete a Health Declaration Form online at https://www.ghs-hdf.org/hdf/
3. Passengers MUST pay in advance for a COVID-19 rapid test to be conducted on arrival in Accra. Payment can be made using cards via https://myfrontierhealthcare.com/Home/Ghana and the cost is US$150/GHS 856 / GBP 120 / EUR 140.
4. Upon receipt of a negative result (test results take approx. 30-45 minutes to be received), passengers may proceed through immigration.

More details at: http://www.gcaa.com.gh/web/protocols.html
List of accredited laboratories in Ghana at: https://www.ghanahealthservice.org/covid19/accredited_labs.php

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Review of COVID-19 Protocols for International travellers – Ghana Health Service

Travelers to Ghana
• All persons 18 years and above arriving in Ghana will be required to provide evidence of full vaccination for a COVID-19 vaccine
• All unvaccinated Ghanaians and residents of Ghana who are currently outside the country and intend to return within 14 days from the midnight of 12th December 2021 are exempted. However, they should be vaccinated on arrival at the airport.

Traveling Out of Ghana
All Ghanaians travelling out of the country are to be fully vaccinated effective midnight 12th December 2021.
Definition of Fully Vaccinated
A person is said to be fully vaccinated when he/she has taken the full dose of vaccines approved and registered by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Ghana.
• You need two doses of AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna or Sputnik V to be declared as Fully Vaccinated
• One dose is required for Johnson and Johnson to be declared fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 Vaccines Approved and Registered by FDA, Ghana
1. AstraZeneca
2. Sputnik V
3. Johnson and Johnson
4. Pfizer
5. Moderna

Other Arrival Requirements remain unchanged
• The 72-hour Negative PCR test required prior to travel
• Completion of the Health Declaration Form
• All persons who arrive in Ghana will undergo an Antigen test

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Update Covid-19 guidelines for Kotoka International Airport (KIA) effective 8th February 2021 at 1800hours
Revision 6: Effective date: 14th December 2021 at 0000 Hours (UTC)

  1. Pre- Arrival Processes – Travellers intending to enter Ghana
    All international passengers including those from the ECOWAS region, intending to fly to Ghana, will be required to meet the following health requirements prior to admission into Ghana:
    a. For passengers who already have a PanaBios account, enter your country of origin and set the destination to Ghana on https://trustedtravel.panabios.org or on the UNDP-endorsed Global Haven site: www.globalhaven.org.
    b. Passengers who do not have an account should create an account on the AU-endorsed site: https://trustedtravel.panabios.org.
    c. Passengers are advised to visit only a TT laboratory. If there are none close to you, take your test at another accredited lab on the PanaBIOS or Global Haven labs registry.
    d. If you take your test at a TT lab, give lab the same email address used to open your account, the result will be automatically delivered to your account bearing a TT code.
    e. Ensure that the test is conducted within 72 hours before the scheduled departure time from the country of origin.
    f. If you do not visit a TT lab, upload your test result or certificate by choosing the “test taken at a non-TT lab option”.
    g. The result/certificate will be immediately analyzed. If the test results issued satisfy the full requirements set by Ghana, e.g. validity period or test type), a Travel Code (TC) will be issued to the traveler online and the result displayed in a few minutes as evidence that the test performed is still valid at the time of travel.
    Whilst the TT code confirms that a test was performed by an accredited laboratory, the TC provides additional evidence that the test performed is still valid at the time of the start of travel.
  2. Arriving Passengers – Travellers Entering Ghana
    a. All persons 18 years and above arriving in Ghana will be required to provide evidence of full vaccination for a COVID-19 vaccine at the point of embarkation.
    Definition of Fully Vaccinated: A person is said to be fully vaccinated when:

i. He/she has taken the full dose(s) of vaccines approved and registered by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Ghana.
ii. He/she has taken the full dose(s) of vaccines that are on World Health Organization (WHO) Emergency Use Listing.
However, persons who are vaccinated with vaccines on WHO Emergency Use Listing but not registered by FDA, Ghana for Emergency Use Authorization will be offered one of the FDA, Ghana approved vaccines on arrival at the airport.
b. All unvaccinated Ghanaians and residents of Ghana who are currently outside the country and intend to return within 14 days from 0000HRS of 14th December 2021 are exempted (14th – 28th December 2021). They would, however, be vaccinated on arrival at the airport.
c. Airlines that bring passengers to Kotoka International Airport who are not fully vaccinated shall be surcharged $3500 per passenger.
d. All passengers are required to present evidence of having filled Ghana’s Health Declaration Form (HDF) at www.ghs-hdf.org at the point of embarkation.
e. Airlines that bring passengers to Kotoka International Airport who had not filled HDF shall be surcharged $3500 per passenger.
f. Passengers must not have symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 including body temperature >38°C.
g. Passengers must possess a COVID-19 negative PCR test from an accredited laboratory in the country of origin. The test should have been done not more than 72 hours before the scheduled departure time from the country of origin.
h. Airlines who board passengers without PCR test results or transport and disembark passengers with Positive PCR test results into Accra will be fined US$3,500 per passenger.
i. Non-Ghanaians may be refused entry and returned to the point of embarkation at a cost to the Airline.
ii. Ghanaians will be allowed entry but subject to 14 days of mandatory quarantine at a designated facility.
i. Arriving passengers will undergo temperature screening.
j. Ghanaian residents who depart Ghana and return within one (1) week will not be required to present a COVID-19 result from the country of departure. They will, however, undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing upon arrival in Ghana.

k. Passengers will be subjected to a mandatory COVID-19 test at the airport terminal at a cost to be borne by the passenger as indicated below:

i. Ghanaians and Ecowas Citizens – $50
ii. All Other Passengers – $150

Payment MUST be made online at https://myfrontierhealthcare.com/Home/Ghana and proof of payment (receipt) shown to the Airline before boarding.
 l. Airlines who board passengers without proof of payment for the COVID-19 test and would/could NOT pay for the test in Ghana, will be fined US$3,500                   per passenger.
i. Non-Ghanaian passengers may be refused entry and returned to the point of embarkation at a cost to the Airline.
 m. All arriving passengers who test positive for COVID-19 will undergo mandatory isolation and treatment at a designated health facility or isolation center,             at a cost to passengers, EXCEPT Ghanaian citizens. The isolation will be for a period of seven (7) days. However, the final discharge of cases will be based                   on existing case management guidelines and protocols.
 n. All passengers who test negative for COVID-19 will be required to continuously adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols and will receive regular information               on COVID-19 within five (5) days of arrival in Ghana.
o. Passengers who test negative will be advised to continue to observe COVID-19 safety precautions following arrival in Ghana.

 p. For passengers who transit through other countries before arriving in Ghana, the first country of departure will be the reference point. (Connecting flights             should not deny passenger boarding if the journey has not been terminated in any of the transit countries.)

  • 3. Transit Passengers
    a. Passengers transiting and transferring through Accra will not be required to take the COVID-19 test in Accra.
    b. Transit passengers will be required to adhere to COVID-19 testing requirements for the destination countries.
  • 4. Exemptions
    a. Airline crew are exempted from the pre-departure and arrival COVID-19 testing and should follow the Airline policy for testing.
    b. Children under 5 years of age will not be required to undergo testing on Arrival at the Kotoka International Airport.
    c. Children between the ages of 5-12 years will be tested free of charge upon arrival at KIA.
    d. Passengers who arrive under emergency circumstances such as diverted flights will not be required to undergo testing if they do not leave the airport or remain in isolation in their hotel.
  • 5. Travelling with Pets
    a. Travelling with pets into Ghana is allowed in line with guidelines of the Veterinary Services Directorate of the Ministry of Food & Agriculture
  • 6. Airlines with Landing Rights in Ghana
    a. No airline should bring passengers into Ghana without first pre-validating their TT code (received from a TT lab) or TC issued online after a genuine PCR test result has been uploaded and analyzed using the PanaBIOS or Global Haven software.
    b. Airlines must issue TCs on behalf of illiterate travelers who arrive at check-in with only their genuine PCR test results.
    c. Airlines that fail to comply with these rules would be surcharged $3500.
  • 7. Pre-Departure Process- Passengers intending to exit Ghana
    All international departing passengers will be required to meet the following guidelines prior to departure:
    a. Create an account on the AU-endorsed site: https://trustedtravel.panabios.org. On the check-in page, check for accredited laboratories by entering Ghana as your origin country.
    b. Passengers are advised to visit only laboratories that have the Trusted Travel (TT) logo next to their name on the platform to take their PCR test.
    c. At the laboratory, give the same email address and mobile number you entered when creating your PanaBIOS account.

d. Once your result is ready, it will automatically appear in the account with the TT number issued by the lab. Look out for an email from                                                  admin@panabios.org or an SMS message.
e. The Trusted Travel test (TT) code shall be verified by airlines and Port Health Authorities to confirm that the test came from an accredited laboratory.

  • 8. Departure Process – Passengers exiting Ghana
    a. All Ghanaians 18 years old and above traveling out of the country are to be fully vaccinated effective 0000HRS of 14th December 2021.
    Definition of Fully Vaccinated – A person is said to be fully vaccinated when:
    i. He/she has taken the full dose(s) of vaccines approved and registered by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Ghana.
    ii. He/she has taken the full dose(s) of vaccines that are on World Health Organization (WHO) Emergency Use Listing.

 

List of COVID-19 vaccines approved for travelers into Ghana

https://covid19.trackvaccines.org/agency/who/

Covid-19 vaccines granted emergency use authorization (EUA) by the Ghana Food and Drugs Authority (FDA)
1 Sputnik V (Gam-COVID-Vac) – Gamaleya National Centre of Epidemiology and Microbiology, Russia

2 CovishieldTM (Oxford/AstraZeneca formulation) Manufactured by Serum Institute of India (SIIPL) India
3 COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen (Ad26.COV2. S): Manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceutica NV, Einsteinweg 101, 2333 CB Leiden, The Netherlands
4 Pfizer – BioNTech’s Comirnaty (BNT162B2): Manufactured by BioNTech Manufacturing GmbH, Kupferbergterrasse 17-19, 55116 Mainz, Germany, Pfizer Manufacturing Belgium NV, Rijksweg 12, 2870 Puurs, Belgium
5 Moderna’s Spikevax (mRNA 1273): Manufactured by Rovi Pharma Industrial Services, S.A, San Sebastian de los Reyes Paseo de Europa, 50 28703. Madrid, Spain
6 Vaxzevira (previously COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca) (AZD1222): Manufactured by AstraZeneca AB (Sweden), SK Bioscience Co Limited (Republic of Korea)

NIGERIA (Lagos and Abuja) (Updated 6th December 2021; 10:20am)

Revised Provisional Quarantine Protocol for Travellers arriving or departing Nigeria 

1. The Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19 has issued a revised provisional quarantine protocol for travellers arriving or departing Nigeria dated 2nd December 2021, which becomes effective as from 12:01 am on Sunday, 5th December 2021.
2. This All-Operator’s Letter (AOL) is to convey to all airlines operating international flights into and out of Nigeria the revised provisional quarantine protocol for travellers arriving and departing Nigeria as issued by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19.
3. Airlines are to however note that aspects of NCAA-AC-AMS-006 (Protocols for International Flight Operations) other than Item No. 1.0 (COVID-19 Response: Provisional quarantine protocol for travellers arriving in Nigeria), issued on 1st July 2021 still subsist.
4. Inbound passengers: Airlines are to only board passengers travelling to Nigeria who are in possession of a paid permit to travel with a QR code and result of a negative COVID-19 PCR test done not later than 48 hours from time of boarding.
5. For any inbound passenger who is unable to either make payment for his/her repeat PCR test(s) or generate a paid permit to travel via the Nigerian international Travel Portal (NITP), airlines are to send an email to directorporthealthfmoh@gmail.com and copy: travelportal@ncdc.gov.ng, ictservicedesk@ncdc.gov.ng,
wilfred.haggai@ncaa.gov.ng, for necessary assistance.

6. Outbound passengers: Airlines are to only board passengers travelling out of Nigeria with evidence of either full vaccination for COVID-19 or result of Negative
COVID-19 PCR test done at Nigeria Centre for Disease (NCDC) accredited private laboratories (list available @ covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/privatelabs/) not later than 48 hours from time of boarding.
7. Non-compliance to these pre-boarding requirements by any airline will attract a penalty of $3,500 per passenger. Airlines who consistently fail to comply with these requirements may be banned from coming to Nigeria.
8. Attached is the revised provisional quarantine protocol issued by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 for your information and strict compliance.

 

COVID-19 RESPONSE: PROVISIONAL TRAVEL PROTOCOL FOR TRAVELERS ARRIVING NIGERIA

This protocol is a revision of the Travel Protocol released on 22nd October, 2021 Summary of Interim Travel Guidelines for Passengers arriving in Nigeria:

1. COVID-19 PCR test to be done within 48 hours of departure for all travelers
2. Post-arrival Day-2 COVID-19 PCR test for all travelers
3. Self-isolation for 7 days for partially vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers and a Day-7 post-arrival negative COVID-19 PCR test is required for exit from isolation

(Fully vaccinated means: At least Two (2) weeks following 2 completed doses of either Astra Zeneca, Pfizer or Moderna vaccines; OR a single dose of Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Partially vaccinated means: 1 completed dose of the above).

I. GUIDELINES FOR IN-BOUND PASSENGERS

A. PRE-DEPARTURE FROM COUNTRY OF EXIT:

I. Pre-Boarding:

Step 1 – Travelers MUST perform a COVID-19 PCR test not more than 2 days (48 hours) before boarding/departure. PCR tests done more than 48 hours before departure are not valid and persons will not be allowed to board. Rapid antigen or antibody test are not acceptable; only PCR tests can be used for this purpose. Test validity commences from the time of sample collection. For Travelers with multiple connections before arrival in Nigeria, the PCR test must be valid within 48 hours of boarding from the first point of departure. Travelers must bring along an electronic or hard copy of their negative COVID-19 PCR test for presentation at the departure airport and upon arrival in Nigeria. A record of their vaccination status will also be required on arrival in Nigeria.

Step 2 – All intending Travelers (including diplomats and children less than 10 years old) MUST register via an online national travel portal (Nigeria International Travel Portal – https://nitp.ncdc.gov.ng) and proceed to fill in the online Health Declaration/ Self-Reporting form located on the portal. They should ensure that the information/contact details provided on the form are correct and verifiable. Travelers must provide valid phone numbers, residential addresses, and functional e-mails where they can be contacted. Travelers must also inform Port Health officials on arrival of any change in their health status since completion of the Health Declaration/Self-Reporting Form.

Step 3 – After filling the online Health Declaration/Self-Reporting Form, Travelers will be directed to upload their negative COVID-19 PCR test on to the portal. Only children less than 10 years old are exempted from uploading a pre-arrival negative COVID-19 PCR test result. Once this is successfully done, Travelers will proceed to the payment section of the travel portal. Only Children less than 10 years are exempted from payment for the repeat test in Nigeria. Travelers are advised to still bring along an electronic or hard copy of their negative COVID-19 PCR test for presentation at the airport.

Step 4 – For partially vaccinated and unvaccinated Travelers:
On reaching the payment section of the portal, Travelers will be requested to select their preferred Laboratory/Sample Collection Centre based on where they will be self-isolating for the period of 7-days in Nigeria. A list of accredited private laboratory providers/Sample Collection Centres across the country are available on the payment platform. The next stage is to choose a bank payment gateway and then proceed to pay for the Day 2 (arrival day + 1 day) and Day 7 (arrival day + 6 days) in-country COVID-19 PCR tests. Please note that Travelers paying in Naira should use cards issued by a Nigerian bank.

For fully vaccinated Travelers:
On reaching the payment section of the portal, Travelers will be requested to select their preferred Laboratory/Sample Collection Centre based on where they will be located 2 days after arrival in the country for the Day 2 test (arrival day + 1 day). A list of accredited private laboratory providers/Sample Collection Centres across the country are available on the payment platform. The next stage is to choose a bank payment gateway and then proceed to pay for the Day 2 in-country COVID-19 PCR test. A record of their vaccination status will also be required on arrival in Nigeria.

Step 5 – Following successful payment, Travelers should download the Permit to Travel Certificate/ QR Code using the “Get Permit to Travel” button visible at the top right corner of the portal, save and print the form for presentation at the point of boarding. The Permit to Travel Certificate/ QR code will have a “PAID” label if payment is successful and “UNPAID” label if payment had not gone through yet or is unsuccessful. Any passenger with an “UNPAID’ label will not be allowed to travel. A copy of the Permit to Travel Certificate/QR Code will also be sent to the email address provided by the traveller.

II. Boarding
1. Prior to boarding for Nigeria, Travelers MUST present TWO documents at their point of departure to be allowed to board.
a. A negative COVID-19 PCR test done within 2 days (48 hours) of departure. Airlines have been directed not to board Travelers with non-PCR COVID-19 tests (such as antigen or antibody tests), a positive COVID-19 PCR test result, or tests performed beyond 48 hours of boarding; and
b. Permit to Travel Certificate/QR Code – generated from the Nigeria International Travel Portal on completion of a health questionnaire, uploading of a negative COVID-19 PCR result and schedule of PCR tests on Days 2 and 7 on arrival in Nigeria. Travelers failing to show a Permit to Travel Certificate/QR Code will not be allowed to board.
2. Airlines that board Travelers without any of the required documents (a negative COVID-19 PCR test done not more than 48 hours prior to boarding and a Permit to Travel Certificate/QR code, shall be sanctioned as follows:
a. Travelers, who are non-Nigerians, will be refused entry and returned to the point of embarkation at cost to the airline
b. Travelers who are Nigerians or holders of permanent resident permit will be allowed entry but subjected to the procedure outlined in Section D below. In addition, Travelers arriving with forged (fake) COVID-19 PCR results will be escorted to a designated quarantine facility (government approved hotel) for a mandatory quarantine for a period of 7 days at expense to the traveller and will be prosecuted.
c. Airlines shall be fined USD 3,500 per traveller for failure to comply with any of the pre-boarding requirements.

d. Airlines who consistently fail to comply with the above requirements may be banned from coming to Nigeria.

3. At the time of boarding, Travelers will be required to undergo temperature screening and asked about COVID-19 symptoms. Travelers with temperature >38C and other COVID-19 related signs and symptoms shall not be allowed to board the flight.

B. ON ARRIVAL IN NIGERIA
All Travelers are required to strictly adhere to instructions given by Port Health Services at the arrival terminal. Travelers who fails to adhere to instructions will be sanctioned by relevant security personnel.

All Travelers arriving in Nigeria will be required to:

1. Go through the routine Port Health screening and present electronic or print-out evidence of pre-boarding COVID-19 PCR test, Permit to Travel Certificate/ QR Code; and Vaccination Certificate (where applicable); and
2. Present their international passports for clearance through the Nigerian Immigration Service System’s Migrants Identification Data Analysis System (MIDAS).

For partially vaccinated and unvaccinated in-bound Travelers:

i. Proceed on mandatory 7 days self-isolation/quarantine in their selected in-country destination address. Travelers are to avoid physical interaction with friends, family members, colleagues, and other members of the public during the period of self-isolation. Travelers should check their emails/text messages regularly for updates regarding the arrangement for their repeat COVID-19 PCR test from the laboratory of their choice. During this period the traveller may be contacted by the COVID-19 Response team to ascertain state of self-isolation, Days 2 & 7 testing appointment and health status
ii. Show-up at the laboratory/sample collection centres on the 2nd and 7th day of arrival. Samples will be taken, and a COVID-19 PCR test done. The selected private laboratory will send a reminder text message, email, or phone call to the traveller a day before the appointment date.
iii. Persons who test negative for COVID-19 after 7 days of self-isolation/quarantine will be allowed to exit self-isolation on receipt of their result.

For fully vaccinated in-bound Travelers:
Show-up at the laboratory/sample collection centres on the 2nd day of arrival. Samples will be taken, and a COVID-19 PCR test done. The selected private laboratory will send a reminder text message, email, or phone call to the traveller a day before the appointment date.

C. NOTE:
a. Travelers who fails to show up at the sample collection centres on Days – 2 and 7 of arrival (as applicable) will be sent text reminders and their details forwarded to the State Public Health Department teams and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for active follow-up.
b. Travelers who fails to show up for testing will have travel restrictions placed on their passports for at least 6 months and will not be able to travel abroad during this period. Non-Nigerian passport holders will have their visas revoked and will be deported from the country.
c. Test results will be provided within 24 hours and the State Public Health Departments & NCDC will be informed; accordingly, if test result is not received after 24hrs, the traveller may contact the private Laboratory for his/her test result.
d. Partially vaccinated or unvaccinated persons who test negative for COVID-19 after 7 days shall end self-isolation on receipt of a negative test result but must continue to self-monitor for symptoms until Day 14; and MUST continue to observe Non-Pharmaceutical Intervention measures (e.g., wearing face mask, maintaining social distance, regular washing of hands and use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers);
e. Fully vaccinated persons who test negative for COVID-19 after the post-arrival Day 2 test MUST continue to observe Non-Pharmaceutical Intervention measures (e.g., wearing face mask, maintaining social distance, regular washing of hands and use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers);
f. Travelers reporting or developing symptoms of COVID-19 on arrival in Nigeria, or during screening will not be allowed to self-isolate and will be placed in institutional quarantine; and
g. Persons who test positive for COVID-19 after the post-arrival Days 2 and 7 test (as applicable) shall be managed based on national guidelines for COVID-19 treatment.

D. PROCEDURE FOR TRAVELERS ARRIVING WITHOUT A VALID PCR RESULT
Any traveller arriving in Nigeria without a valid COVID-19 PCR result (i.e., no COVID-19 PCR test result, a forged COVID-19 PCR test result or COVID-19 antigen or antibody test result) will be subjected to the following measures:
1. If holding foreign passport and non-resident in Nigeria, the traveller will be denied entry into the country and returned to the point of embarkation at cost to the airline.
2. For Nigerians and foreign passport holders with residency rights:
a. Port Health Services will screen the traveller to include a temperature check and review of health questionnaire to establish infectivity risk;
b. Traveller will be escorted by Port Health Services and security personnel to a designated quarantine facility (government approved hotel) for a mandatory quarantine for a period of 7 days at expense to the traveller;
c. Traveller’s passport will be collected by relevant authorities and will not be released to him/her until after successful completion of mandatory quarantine period; and
d. A COVID-19 PCR test will be conducted by a designated private laboratory within 24 hours of arrival at the quarantine facility at expense to the traveller. If the test result is Positive for COVID-19, the traveller will be transferred to an isolation facility and managed according to National treatment guidelines. If test result is negative, passenger will CONTINUE with mandatory isolation at the quarantine facility until a satisfactory Day-7 COVID-19 PCR test is done.

II. GUIDELINES FOR OUTBOUND PASSENGERS

All passengers travelling out of Nigeria are required to provide:

a. Evidence of full COVID-19 vaccination, or
b. A negative COVID-19 PCR test done no longer than 48 hours before departure.

This protocol comes into effect from 12:01 am on Sunday, 5th December, 2021

SIERRA LEONE (Freetown) (updated 4th March, 2021 2:24pm) 

COVID-19 Pandemic Public Health requirements for Lungi Freetown International Airport (Effective 19th January, Valid until 31st March 2021)

Introduction
Lungi international airport opened to all commercial airlines passenger are required to adhere to the following requirements:

Arriving Passengers
1. All Passengers have to wear masks during any time at the airport and onboard
2. All Passengers shall produce a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test result issued no later than seven (7) days to date of travel.
3. At the check-in desk at the airport of embarkation, passengers are required to display travelers’ authorization to Sierra Leone, received through the government of Sierra Leone travel portal (www.travel.gov.sl). The travel Authorization.

Consists of:
– Negative PCR COVID-19 test result issued no longer seven (7) days before departure
– Pre-departure public health Passenger locator form
– Proof of payment for COVID-19 testing on arrival, paid through the online platform

4. All Passengers shall be subjected to a mandatory COVID-19 test upon arrival:- passengers will simultaneously have a PCR test swab and an RDT test on arrival -If the RDT screening is negative, Passengers are allowed to depart from the airport and observe public protocols (mandatory proper mask wearing, Hand washing, and physical distancing) while awaiting their PCR test result.
– If the RDT screening if positive, passengers will be isolated at a hotel in Lungi while awaiting their PCR test result. Note, the cost of the accommodation at the hotel shall be borne by the passenger.
– For all test result, the PCR result supersedes the RDT result
– PCR result will be disseminated via the local contact number confirmed by the passenger on arrival
– All children under five (05) years shall be exempted from pre-departure and arrival PCR test requirements
5. Passport of all inbound passengers shall be withheld at the Lungi international airport by the immigrations department until a negative COVID-19 PCR certificate is issued.
6. Airline crew are exempted from the pre-departure and arrival PCR test requirements and should follow airline policy for testing. Airline crew must adhere to public health protocols.

Departing Passengers
1. All passenger have to wear mask during anytime at the airport and onboard
2. All passengers are subjected to a mandatory polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test with a negative result issued no longer than 72 hours before departure at the Freetown international airport. Cost for this test will be borne by the passenger.
– Passenger will used the Government of Sierra Leone travel portal to request their pre-departure test, to pay for the test, and for the scheduling sample collection.
– Passenger with negative PCR result will receive e-Confirmation and certificates ahead of travel. Physical copies can be collected at the airport at a designated desk.
-Passenger with positive PCR result will not be permitted to travel and must follow public health protocols for isolation and contact tracing. They will be re-tested after seven days.
– Passengers whose stay in the country will not exceed five (5) days do not require to be tested before leaving the country. However, they are required to request for a certificate of the negative PCR test result that was administered to them when they arrived in Sierra Leone.
– All children under five (5) years shall be exempted from PCR test requirements.

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This is to inform that COVID-19 screening of inbound passengers has been revised. Effective January 1, 2021, passports of ALL inbound passengers SHALL
be withheld at the Lungi International Airport by the Immigrations Department until a negative COVID-19 PCR certificate is issued.
Sierra Leone has witnessed increased volumes of airline passengers particularly for the past three weeks, and disappointingly, some of them are deliberately providing false information on health locator forms, which makes it practically difficult or impossible for Surveillance teams to track positive cases. As we continue to address community transmission, the Response is deeply concerned about reports of a variant coronavirus in some parts of the world, with significantly higher levels of transmissibility (and probably a deadlier mutant).
This measure, it is hoped, will help keep cases within the raider of surveillance, thus preventing the unwarranted spread of the virus in communities.
Immigrations Department will continue to be in safe custody of the passports, and ensure collection by the rightful holders (or their authorized proxies) at  NaCOVERC, Kingtom, Freetown or the Immigration offices in Makeni, Bo and Kenema.

1. Passengers must be in possession of a negative PCR test taken within the 72 hours prior to scheduled departure of the first flight. The results must be no more than 7 days old upon arrival in Freetown.
2. Passengers must complete the health form at https://travel.gov.sl/ and obtain a confirmation email authorizing travel, or else they will not be permitted to board the flight
3. Passengers will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival at Lungi Airport at a cost of US$80
4. Passengers departing FROM Freetown must also complete the health form from https://travel.gov.sl/ designed for departing passengers and obtain a negative PCR test result. Those whose stay in Freetown has been less than 5 days may use the test provided on arrival in lieu of a new test.

More details at: https://travel.gov.sl/

COTE D’IVOIRE (Abidjan)

1. Passengers must be in possession of a negative PCR test taken within the 72 hours prior to scheduled departure of the first flight.

All passengers coming to and from Abidjan MUST go online and fill in this form: https://declaration.transports.gouv.ci/#/home

Accra – Abidjan – Accra starts Thu 17SEP20

LIBERIA (Monrovia)

1. Passengers must be in possession of a negative PCR test taken within the 72 hours prior to scheduled departure of the first flight
2. Arriving passengers will be required to register for monitoring via USSD and Mobile App

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New Mandate

All Travelers to ECOWAS nations are to pay $50 instead of $75

(Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote D’ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau, Cape verde, Gambia, Guinea, Niger, Senegal and Togo)

More details at: https://web.facebook.com/pg/LiberiaLAA/

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