Port-au-Prince.- Haiti will require that a negative PCR test be presented to travelers from countries with a high incidence of COVID-19 starting next July 15, the Ministry of Health announced Thursday.
The order is contemplated in a circular addressed to the airlines and the company that manages the Port-au-Prince airport.
At the moment, the Ministry has not released the list of countries that it considers to have a high incidence of the coronavirus, according to a spokesman for that office, told Efe.
The list of countries will be updated as the pandemic evolves, the sources added.
Haiti has direct flights with France, the United States and the Dominican Republic, these last two countries with high incidence rates.
Haitian authorities maintain the obligation to carry out a home quarantine for all passengers arriving in the country, unless they present the results of a negative PCR test carried out 72 hours before their departure.
People who are declared “recovered” from COVID-19 will also be allowed to enter the country, provided they have a negative test or if more than ten days have passed since the symptoms disappeared.
Under these new measures, all passengers who wish to travel to Haiti must complete the COVID-19 risk assessment form prepared by the Epidemiology Department of the Ministry of Health.
As part of these measures, airlines must ensure that all passengers wear face masks throughout the flight and that the physical distance of at least one meter within the aircraft is respected.
Between July 1 and 6, the first week after the restart of flights, 49 imported cases were registered, of which 85.7% came from the Dominican Republic and 14.3% from the United States, according to the official statistics.
Deaths in Haiti from COVID-19 number 123 after six new deaths in the last 24 hours, according to data from a Ministry of Health bulletin published on Thursday. In total, 6,486 confirmed cases of coronavirus have been registered in the country, with 54 new infections in the last 24 hours.
— EFE to eldia.com.do