Passengers who come by air into the country are to pay for their mandatory Covid-19 test, thus according to the President in his 16th address to the nation.
This was as part of measures taken in the hope that it does not lead to the importation or resurgence of Covid-19 into our country through the reopening of Airports slated on the 1st of September, 2020.
Below are the measures taken and duly communicated to airlines wishing to resume flights to Ghana:
- any passenger arriving in Ghana must be in possession of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from an accredited laboratory in the country of origin. The test should have been done not more than seventy-two (72) hours before the scheduled departure from the country of origin. All airlines have been instructed to ensure compliance with this directive for all passengers wishing to travel to Ghana, and those airlines who fail in this regard will be duly sanctioned;
- disembarking passengers must do so wearing face masks;
- upon disembarking from the aeroplane, each passenger will undergo a mandatory COVID-19 test at the airport terminal, at a fee to be borne by the passenger. The test result will be available within thirty (30) minutes;
- children under the ages of five (5) will not be required to undergo testing at the airport;
- passengers, who test positive for COVID-19, will be handled by the health authorities for further clinical assessment and management; and
- passengers, who test negative, can, thereupon, enter Ghana to go about their lawful activities, and will be advised to continue to observe COVID-19 safety precautions during their stay in Ghana.
“The Ministries of Information, Health and Aviation, and their respective agencies – the Ghana Health Service, the Ghana Airports Co. Ltd., and the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority – will spell out in further detail the protocols surrounding the re-opening of our international airport, and the procedures to be adhered to by passengers arriving in Ghana at the COVID-19 media briefing tomorrow, Monday, 31st August. For the avoidance of doubt, our borders, by land and sea, will continue to remain closed to human traffic until further notice”, he said.