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Gambia reopens its borders after closure over Covid-19

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The government of The Gambia has announced that borders have now been reopened after a six-month lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The country’s Banjul airport will however remain closed till October 31 due to construction work.

The announcement on Friday is part of efforts to re-open the country’s economy and return life to normalcy.

A statement from the government said “Travellers destined to The Gambia shall show evidence of Negative PCR Test Results conducted not more 72 hours prior to arrival.”

It adds that “Isolation is no longer tenable except where the passenger is COVID-positive.

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In the light of the forgoing, all airlines and travel agencies are hereby duly notified to begin booking flights to The Gambia and to all categories of travellers, subject to the COVI-19 protocols outlined above.”

Gambia has been hardly hit just like other African countries that imposed many lockdown policies to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The West African nation is a  popular tourist destination and travel restrictions amid  the pandemic did hit its economy hard.

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The Gambia has so far officially registered 3,644 coronavirus cases and 118 deaths.

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