The President, Nana Akufo-Addo announced the re-opening of Ghana’s border to international passengers effective 1st September, 2020.
This will mean that all Ghanaians who have been locked outside the country for months can return to the country.
They must however follow certain COVID-19 protocols put in place by the government to forestall the spread of the COVID-19 disease.
The President during the presentation of the 16th update on the measures outlined that all passengers arriving at the country’s airport must observe the following protocols:
- 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;
- 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.