Travelers showing symptoms of COVID-19 at ports of entry to be charged

The authorities announced Tuesday that it will charge for COVID-19 exams performed at ports of entry on vacationers exhibiting signs of the illness.

The measure is supposed to permit authorities to replenish laboratory commodities, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa informed a post-cabinet media briefing on Tuesday.

Zimbabwe will resume international flights on Thursday this week after a six-month suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Domestic flights resumed in the middle of this month.

The government has announced that all vacationers to Zimbabwe will be required to have PCR COVID-19 clearance certificates issued by a acknowledged facility within 48 hours from the date of departure in line with WHO guidelines, amongst different health and safety regulations.

“As a measure to ensure the protection of vacationers, Cabinet further resolved that in line with Statutory Instrument (216) (5) Section 8, which requires travelers showing COVID-19 symptoms, whether or not they have a COVID-19 free certificate to be tested, a nominal fee of 60 U.S. {dollars} be levied on travelers tested at ports of entry, and that the proceeds be used to replenish laboratory commodities,” Minister Mutsvangwa said.

She said metered taxi operators have been allowed to resume services for the movement of vacationers and residents who are unable to use public transport.

The minister stated security personnel will now be fully enforcing critical COVID-19 containment measures such as physical distancing and proper wearing of masks after the government has relaxed lockdown restrictions.

The nation has recorded 7,816 COVID-19 cases, 6,112 recoveries and 228 deaths as of Monday.

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