In an attempt to curb the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Government has recently issued guidelines for inbound travellers. Ahead of Christmas and Carnival season, the Government has asked people to follow the rules and regulations to bar the spread of the Omicron Covid-19 variant within the nation.
In an attempt to bring the social and economic situation back to normalcy, the Government has relaxed the quarantine period to twenty-four(24) hours ahead of the festive season.
Meanwhile, Chief Medical Officer(CMO) Dr Hazel Laws stated that” All the inbound travellers who are fully vaccinated have to submit their negative RT-PCR test report before entering into the nation. After taking entry, they will be bound to go for Twenty-Four(24) hours quarantine. People will only be allowed to enter into the country if they test negative for the coronavirus.”
“Those who were already in pre-approved home quarantine will still be required to take Covid-19 certified vehicle to either of the venues – the Pogson Hospital, Joseph N. France General Hospital -(JNF) or Mary Charles Hospital to get their samples taken.”
The Government has also issued guidelines to concerned authorities to monitor incoming passengers over the next fourteen(14) days in an attempt to identify any spread of Omicron.
CMO Dr Laws further added that all the vaccinated travellers who are planning their visit by either cruise or flight service would be permitted to visit any approved tourist attraction sites or beaches. So, all of the passengers who have completed their quarantine are allowed to walk freely. For unvaccinated or partially vaccinated inbound passengers, the quarantine period is now reduced from Fourteen(14) days to Nine(9) days.
The Omnicron variant has been designated as the ‘variant of concern’ by the World Health Organization (WHO) while cautioning the countries and individuals to follow the COVID-19 health protocols.