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Haiti - FLASH : Confusion over the possession of a Covid-19 screening test for passengers
01/07/2020 11:21:24

Haiti - FLASH : Confusion over the possession of a Covid-19 screening test for passengers
Should we have a Covid-19 negative test certificate or not, when we want to go to Haiti ? A question asked by many Haitians who want to return home. For their part, the foreigners wonder if they are concerned or if it is only Haitians returning from the United States.

An answer that is lost so far in the mists of confusion and government contradictions...

Monday, on the eve of the reopening of the international airport of Port-au-Prince and that of Cap-Haitien, on the a radio of the capital, Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe said that this certificate would be mandatory to all passengers upon arrival at the airport in Haiti. Which suggested at first that all passengers were affected. Jouthe later admitted that the home quarantine strategy had not worked because of the bad faith of Haitian citizens who gave false addresses and false telephone numbers. Which suggests that this measure only concerns Haitians living in the United States and wanting to return to Haiti... adding that "if necessary, they will be forced to return to their countries of embarkation on the same plane..."

Tuesday the Prime Minister returned to the requirements made to passengers from abroad who want to come to Haiti. According to him, "anyone who does not have a Covid-19 test will be returned to their country". Which this time suggests that the measure is aimed at all passengers coming to Haiti, Haitian or not...

On the same day Marie Greta Roy Clément, the Minister of Public Health qualified this measure which will be imposed on passengers by specifying "Taking into account the delay that it can cause for a passenger to obtain a Covid-19 screening test before his departure, in the first flights, this will not be compulsory. However, the Ministry intends to reinforce epidemiological surveillance and home quarantine will be imposed on passengers." So now not compulsory but the Minister raises the question of home quarantine with her notion "home quarantine will be imposed on passengers" implied for Haitians returning from the United States, but not said explicitly...

To follow let's home with a clearer and more precise communication from the Government.

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