MONROVIA: The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Health has issued new travel protocols for citizens and foreigners leaving or entering the country via the Roberts International Airport (RIA) with focus to promote Covid-19 vaccination.
The new circular (Protocols) among other things warned that travelers without proof of Covid-19 vaccination will be asked to leave the country at the expense of the travelling airlines.
The new Health Ministry protocols stated that: “People travelling out of Liberia are encouraged to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and those travelling to countries that require a negative Covid-19 test certificate before departure.”
The new travelling measure for Covid-19 in Liberia comes at the time when nations of the world including Shanghai in China continues to report tens of thousands of cases a day with majority among people in quarantine or isolation.
Since its inception in March of 2020, the nation has experienced a significant surge in the number of corona virus cases leading to the deaths of many citizens and affecting the livelihood of several others.
Some citizens have also attributed the negative impact of Corona virus in Liberia to what they called improper Covid-19 measures especially at different ports of entry in the country.
In Liberia, the new measures indicated that “Travelers who test positive will be denied travel and must adhere to the Liberia’s Covid-19 case management guidelines. A retest will be conducted on day five (5) based on prevailing health status.
The circular has also set a particular price ceiling for people travelling to ECOWAS countries. It notes that ECOWAS countries travelers must pay the amount of US$50, while those travelling outside of ECOWAS region should pay US$75.
“Travelers are encouraged to print a hard copy of their negative Covid-19 certificate before arriving at the Robert’s International Airport,” the circular mentioned.
The new health measure, which has been sanctioned by Health Minister Dr. Wilhemina Jallah takes immediate effect as of its released.