Health Ministry to subject arriving pilgrims to COVID tests

Jun 28, 2024, 11:27 AM

The Ministry of Health of The Gambia has announced that all arriving pilgrims of the 2024 Hajj will be subjected to mandatory COVID-19 tests using the Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) upon arrival at the Banjul International Airport.

The Ministry’s press release reads as follows:

The Ministry of Health wishes to inform the public that all arriving Pilgrims for the 2024 Hajj are required to undergo a mandatory test for COVID-19 using the Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) upon arrival at the Banjul International Airport. 

Public Health Measures

We soliciting the continuous support and cooperation of the public in its efforts to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19 in the country. Returning pilgrims that tested positive at The Gambia International Airport are advised to observe the following safety precautions to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus:

  • Maintain social distancing and wear masks always and should report to the nearest health facility if the need arises
  • If sick, they should be admitted to Ndemban Clinic for a proper medical attention.
  •  Regularly wearing a mask that fully covers your nose and mouth.


  •    Ensuring that your hands are clean when you put on and remove your mask.
  • Avoiding poorly ventilated or crowded


  • Opening windows to improve ventilation
  • Washing your hands regularly with soap and water or use a hand


  • Widespread mask-wearing should be promoted as a “new normal” for the foreseeable future, until viral spread is extremely low or vaccination creates sufficient immunity in the general population
  •  Reduce exposure to high-risk environments (e.g., crowded indoor gatherings)

are also critical to limiting the spread of COVID-19

  • People should be encouraged to take the vaccines including the boosters.

For more information, please call our toll-free line: 1025

Dr Buba Manjang


Director Public Health Services