Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has announced the reopening of Ghana’s Kotoka International Airport to human traffic.
The President during his 16th COVID-19 address to the Nation said the reopening will take effect on Tuesday, September 1, 2020.
“I am glad to announce that the Kotoka International Airport will resume operations on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. This has been communicated to all international airlines,” he said.
However, some guidelines must be followed by all passengers who arrive in the country and key among them is that every passenger must possess proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test before entering the country.
Details of the guidelines outlined below;
1. Any passenger arriving in Ghana must have 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;
2. disembarking passengers must do so wearing face masks;
3. 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;
4. children under the ages of five (5) will not be required to undergo testing at the airport;
5. passengers, who test positive for COVID-19, will be handled by the health authorities for further clinical assessment and management; and
6. 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.
Meanwhile, the country’s land and sea borders remain closed.