The 120 Hour Validity Period for Travellers’ Covid-19 Statement Starts from Sample Collection Date – MoH Clarifies

The Ministry of Health has made further clarifications on the mandatory Covid-19 test statement required among travel documents for travellers leaving or jetting into the country.

In a press release issued by the Director General Health Services, Dr Henry Mwebesa, the Ministry has noted with concern that some sections of the public had misinterpreted the travellers’ notice issued on November 23, 2020.

Among other requirements listed in the travellers’ notice; the Covid-19 test should be taken within 120 prior to travel date.

“The ministry would like to clarify that the intending travellers must present a negative PCR covid-19 negative statement taken within a period of 120 hours prior to the departure or arrival into the country,” he said.

He emphasized that the 120 hours begin on the day the sample is collected for testing.

Dr Mwebesa further stated that the Ministry has noted that some individuals test positive for Covid-19 in one laboratory and later turn up with a negative test from another on the same day, or even the day after.

“The ministry has since taken a stand that in such a situation, the positive COVID-19 result will take precedence, by the authorities at the airport and other points of entry. Therefore, for such passengers, the negative COVID-19 result will be considered only after a period of 7 days,” he said.


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