Cape Town – Ghana airport has reportedly said that it will fine airlines if they fly in passengers who are not vaccinated against Covid-19 or who test positive for the coronavirus upon arrival.
According to Reuters, the operator of Ghana’s main international airport said this on Monday, following a health ministry directive that requires all people entering Ghana to be vaccinated.
Airlines will be charged $3 500 for every passenger flown into the west African country without being fully vaccinated, the report said.
Under the country’s new Covid-19 regulations that came into effect from midnight on Sunday, travellers “will be required to provide evidence of full vaccination”, Ghana’s director-general of health services, Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, said, according to AFP.
“All Ghanaians travelling out of the country are to be fully vaccinated,” Kuma-Aboagye added.
Ghana has administered just over 5.7 million doses and virus cases are low.
Unvaccinated Ghanaians and residents currently outside the country who intend to return within 14 days of the deadline will still be allowed in.
“However, they would be vaccinated on arrival at the airport,” said Kuma-Aboagye.
Other travel requirements such as a negative PCR test prior to travel and an antigen test on arrival to Ghana remain in place.
The country has recorded just over 131 000 cases and 1 200 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
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Additional reporting by AFP