ZAMBIA’S Envoy to the United States (US) Lazarous Kapambwe has called on Zambians to utilize digital resources and information on travel to that country amid the COVID-19.
The Diplomat says Zambians should also pay particular attention to COVID-19 travel obligations that require travelers to the USA to have a negative pre-departure test or documentation of recovery from the pandemic for all airline or aircraft passengers two years of age or older arriving into America.
Mr Kapambwe notes, “Our Zambian nationals must utilize resources and information on travel to the U.S available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at as well as the Embassy of Zambia website for other country specific updates”.
Mr Kapambwe said this following the latest State Department Travel Advisory, which requires that each passenger traveling to the USA from any part of the world should have a negative pre-departure test for COVID-19.
This is contained in a statement issued by First Secretary Press and Public Relations at the Zambian Embassy in Washington DC Eric Mwanza.
“Zambians must realize that without adhering to these new requirements, they would not be allowed to fly into the U.S. Our call therefore is for all those planning to travel to that country to adhere to these requirements so that they do not suffer any disruption in their businesses and any other engagements,” Ambassador Kapambwe said.
The new travel requirements require passengers to retain written or electronic documentation reflecting the negative qualifying test result or document of recovery to present to the airline or aircraft operator.
Persons must also produce a qualifying test result or document of recovery upon request to any U.S. government official or cooperating state or local public health authority.
The airline will verify that every passenger aged two years or older onboard the flight has attested to receiving a negative qualifying test result or has documentation of recovery from COVID-19.
The airline will check the documentation, and each passenger should have a completed passenger disclosure and attestation to the U.S, which can also be found on the CDC website.