Ghana revises COVID-19 protocols, travellers from China required to present negative PCR test

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Ghana is revising its COVID-19 protocols following increases cases of the virus in China and elsewhere around the world.

Ghana Health Service and the country’s port officials in a communique stated that the new guidelines are to stem importation of the virus into the country from particularly, China which continues to see a spike in Coronavirus infections.

The new protocols include:
• All persons arriving in Ghana (citizens, residents, and visitors) who are fully vaccinated will be exempt from any form of testing done either prior to boarding from originating country or on arrival in Ghana except passengers originating their journey from China.

• Passengers originating their journey from China will be required to present a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test result 48 hours prior to departure from originating country. In addition, such passengers will be required to undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing on arrival at the Kotoka International Airport at no cost.

• All other passengers, originating their journey from elsewhere other than China (i.e., Ghanaian citizens, permanent residents of Ghana or non-Ghanaians), who are partially vaccinated or unvaccinated, will be required to present a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test result 48 hours prior to departure from originating country. In addition, such passengers will be required to undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing on arrival at the Kotoka
International Airport at no cost.

• In addition to the above, passengers may be randomly selected and offered test on arrival.
• Non-Ghanaians Travelling to Kotoka International Airport with fake or forged vaccination certificates shall be quarantined and returned to the point of embarkation at their own cost.

• Airlines that bring passengers to Kotoka International Airport who are not fully vaccinated or passengers originating their journey from China without a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test result 48 hours prior to departure would be surcharged $3500.

The new guidelines take effect from Friday, January 6, 2023.

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