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Covid-19: Angola to require screening tests on entering and leaving the territory

Angola will start demanding screening tests for covid-19 based on molecular biology (RT-PCR) at the entrance and exit of the territory, announced the minister of Transport, Ricardo Abreu.

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As of this Wednesday, the RT-PCR test will be mandatory for both departures and international entries, carried out up to 72 hours before, while for domestic flights a serological test carried out at airports will be required, at the expense of travelers, said Ricardo Abreu at a press conference in Luanda.

"It will not be free, it will be reimbursed by the passengers themselves", he added.

The minister stressed that civil aviation in Angola had very significant losses due to the pandemic, hovering around 67 percent, which was "very significant" for a sector "that is very inductive to other sectors indirectly, such as tourism and tourism. hospitality".

The Government announced the measures that will take effect in the new phase of the calamity situation as of Wednesday, with the scheduled return of scheduled international flights starting on September 21, with reduced frequencies.

"All countries have established health rules for entry into the territory," recalled Ricardo Abreu, noting that the European Union established a set of rules that Portugal, which is one of the main links to Angola, translated into its internal regulations.

"It will not be an opening outside the established limits, either by us or by the destination countries. What we propose is greater regularity of flights within the limits of the agreements, but reducing frequencies", he explained.

Passengers with tickets already issued will have priority to make their trip, "allowing these types of situations to arise which pose operational and financial challenges, since most of the repatriation flights were supported by the State," he said. still the ruler.

Ricardo Abreu also announced that 150 new buses will be made available to provincial governments in Luanda and 160 more to the rest of the country to improve mobility in public transport.

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