Namibia: Impalila added to trusted travel platform

The island of Impalila, at the eastern tip of Namibia, has been officially added to the Trusted Travel Platform, a system designed to verify and authenticate Covid-19 test results.

The government through the Ministry of Health recently announced the launch of the Trusted Travel System in the country, which means that passengers intending to travel to Namibia should go to one of the laboratories. accredited travel agents for a Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. “The transition period has been extended from December 1, 2021 to January 15, 2022 to allow a smooth transition, especially given the many trips planned during the holiday season,” explained the executive director of the Ministry of Health, Ben Nangombe. .

The system is used for verification and authentication of Covid-19 test results based on a collaborative effort across a network of participating Covid-19 testing laboratories and port health authorities.

Nangombe said that after January 15, 2022, only Covid-19 certificates obtained on the Trusted Travel Platform or verified on the Global Refuge System will be valid for exit or entry into Namibia at the border post of the island of Impalila.

This platform enables the detection of counterfeit test results and improves cross-border collaboration and confidence in Covid-19 results from other countries.

In addition, it provides up-to-date information on entry conditions and travel restrictions for participating Member States.

“The ministry appreciates the cooperation and contributions received from the public and relevant industries to perfect the TT system as an intervention to curb the potential importation of positive cases of Copvid-19 into Namibia,” Nangombe said.

The Trusted Travel Platform will be available for use in Oshikango, Walvis Bay International Airport, Walvis Bay Port, Omahenene, Hosea Kutako International Airport, Muhembo, Katima Mulilo, Ngoma, Lüderitz, Ariamsvlei, Noordoewer and trans-Kalahari border posts.

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