Payment for covid-19 tests under review

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BY BARNABAS MANEBONA

Government approach meeting 100 percent of the entire Coronavirus (Covid-19) tests for all persons entering the country is under review.

This is confirmed by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare early this week, explaining that many countries require foreign nationals to meet the cost of their Covid-19 tests.

In addition, Mr Sogavare said they are required to also meet their accommodation and food costs.

Speaking during his nationwide address, the Prime Minister said a decision will be made later this week on charges for Covid-19 tests during the quarantine period.

“Fellow citizens up to now, the government have met 100 percent of all the COVID -19 tests for all persons entering the country.

“This is currently under review. Many countries require all foreign nationals (and some even their returning citizens) to meet the cost of their COVID-19 tests, in addition to also meeting their accommodation and food costs. A decision will be made later this week on charges for COVID-19 test during the quarantine period.

“We will continue to charge pre-departure COVID-19 fees for those that depart from Solomon Islands to countries that require such tests,” said Sogavare.

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