The Burundi government spokesman Prosper Ntahorwamiye announced this November 3, 2020 that on Sunday November 8, 2020 the International Airport will be reopened.
Mr Ntahogwamiye while speaking to the state owned Television (RTNB), said that the prevention measures against Coronavirus will be observed for the arrivals and/or departing passengers.
“If a positive case is diagnosed in a bus or plane then a second test will be imposed on all passengers. Those test negative to covid-19 will be released”, said the government spokesman.
The re-opening of Melchior Ndadaye International airport comes after a visit was conducted last Friday by the Burundi minister of home affairs and the ministry of public health with his team in charge of fighting Coronavirus in the country, the visit at the airport aimed to assess the advancement of activities of retort of Covid-19.
“Anyone who enters or leaves the country should possess a justified negative test of covid-19 done 72 hours before the check-in,”said Mr Ntahogwamiye.
According to the Burundian government visitors will be screened for Coronavirus and comply with strict quarantine measures in selected hotels for a period of 72 hours. Hotel and screening fees are to be paid by the traveler.
Burundi closed its borders in March, 2020 when the first case of coronavirus was announced.
Only cargoes, diplomatic and humanitarian flights were allowed to fly in and out of the country.
As of the latest update from the ministry of health, an estimated 49,652 tests were conducted countrywide.
557 people tested positive to covid-19, 511 were discharged from hospital while active cases stands at 45 with one person to have died since the outbreak.