Africa: Senegal Lifts Restrictions for Air Travellers with Negative PCR from all Nations to Boost Tourism


The Senegalese government has lifted restrictions on travelers to Senegal on Thursday evening, marking the reopening of the country’s air borders to all passengers with a negative COVID-19 PCR test within five days, a senior official announced on Friday.

The announcement was made by the Senegalese Minister of Tourism and Air Transport Alioune Sarr who signed a circular in a report published by

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Airlines, whose operating programs have been approved by the Civil Aviation Authority of Senegal or which have a specific authorization, are authorized to embark and disembark their passengers who possess a negative COVID-19 PCR test within five days, it said.

Due to the COVID-9 pandemic, Senegal closed air borders to passengers from a number of countries.

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After a sharp increase in new infections and deaths between July and August, Senegal experienced a drastic drop in COVID-19 cases since mid-September.

Since the first case of COVID-19 was recorded in March 2020, Senegal has recorded 73,825 positive cases, including 71,908 recoveries and 1,864 deaths, according to the statement. The number of people receiving at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccines reached 1,266,665.

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