(Effective 8th February, 2021)
Covid-19 has placed restrictions on all countries, including ours. From the detection of the virus late 2019 until now, many governments have been placed in a difficult position to outline rules and procedures to govern movement and general business operations during this time. International travel was no exception. Even with the virus sticking its neck in our lives, work, business. Life, in general needed to go on. Ghana's Ministry of Health and Health Service put together a set of guidelines to govern international travel at the international airport in Accra, Ghana, Kotoka International Airport.
These guidelines are intended to provide information on travel requirements for both arriving and departing passengers from the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) and any other airport in Ghana where international departures or arrivals may occur.
"The Ministry of Health/Ghana Health Service put together these guidelines for use by all persons accessing or providing services at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) including passengers, airline staff, port health staff, security services, the Ghana Airports Company and the Ghana Immigration Service among others. Strict adherence to the measures instituted are the only sure way to ensuring that the KIA does not serve as a COVID-19 transmission hub. It is therefore imperative that all users of the airport support the Ghana Health Service through the Port Health Unit at KIA to ensure successful implementation of the guideline.
The Ghana Health Service has in addition to these guidelines liaised with Ghana Ambulance Service and the security agencies to provide safe transport for eligible persons to designated treatment/isolation centres. This is to ensure that persons diagnosed with COVID-19 on arrival or departure received optimum care for successful recovery from the disease.
The GHS/MOH will continue to liaise with all relevant agencies during the implementation of these guidelines and appropriately revise sections of the document where necessary to facilitate smooth implementation. Continuous review of operations and implementation will be undertaken." - Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, Director General, Ghana Health Service.
These sections of this guideline are based on the following categories of persons accessing the KIA as follows:
1. Departing Passengers
2. Arriving Passengers
3. Transit Passengers
All passengers on international travel originating in KIA will be required to meet the following requirements before departure:
1. Departing passengers will be required to adhere to COVID-19 testing requirements for the destination countries.
2. Departing passengers will undergo temperature screening at the entrance of Terminal 3 departures
3. Only passengers and persons with business in the terminal will be allowed entry
4. Online check - in or the use of self -service kiosks is strongly encouraged to reduce physical contact at the airport.
5. Passengers are advised to arrive at the airport at least 4 hours before the scheduled departure time.
All international arrivals including those from the ECOWAS region will be required to meet the following health requirements prior to admission into Ghana by the Ghana Immigration Service
1. Must not have any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 including body temperature >38°C
2. Possession of a COVID-19 negative PCR test result from an accredited laboratory in the country of origin.The test should have been done not more than 72 hours before the scheduled departure time from the country of origin.
- Non-Ghanaians may be refused entry and returned to the point of embarkation at a cost to the Airline.
- Ghanaians will be allowed entry but subject to 14 days of mandatory quarantine at a designated facility.
- Ghanaians and Ecowas Citizens -$50
- All Other Passengers - $150
- Non-Ghanaian passengers may be refused entry and returned to the point of embarkation at a cost to the Airline.
- Ghanaian passengers will have their passports seized; the passenger handed over to State Security Agencies and taken into a fourteen (14) day quarantine at a designated location at the passenger’scost.
Below is the Passenger Flow for International Arrivals at the Airport:
Management of Confirmed Cases of COVID-19
All persons confirmed COVID-19 positive will be handled by the Port Health Unit for the remainder of their arrival processes. Following completion of the arrival procedures, they will be sent to the Ga East Municipal Hospital for further clinical assessment and management.
To further information, please contact the GACL Contact Centre on: 0302-550612
Ministry of Health/Ghana Health Service