The Ministry of Health has announced that 

travellers will now have to pay for their coronavirus test fee at the Eco Bank.

The ministry said the new arrangement will facilitate the receipt of test result in a “timely and convenient” manner. 

“Every intending traveller is required to pay the test fee of two thousand five hundred dalasi (D2,500.00) at the Eco Bank The Gambia Ltd, before his or her sample is collected at any of the two designated sites (Independence Stadium and around Brusubi Turn Table).

“Every traveller MUST present proof of payment (receipt) at sample collection site, before his or her required bio/personal data for the electronic transmission is recorded,” Modou Njai, Director of Health Promotion & Education said.

“After sample is collected and analysed, the registered traveller will be able to download his/her test certificate through a public portal that can be accessed at:

“The traveller will be required to enter both Covid-19 ID, and phone number used during registration and sample collection to download their test certificate.

“In this regard all travellers are requested to provide a valid phone number during the registration process as it will be required to retrieve a valid test certificate.”

“The results will be available from 24 to 48 hours after sample collection and only available to travellers who had returned a Negative test result. All printed/downloaded certificates will be subjected to verification at the Airport by airline officials and health authorities,” he added.

Reporting by Adama Makasuba

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