President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says government needs to ensure that individuals who enter the country through airports are tested for COVID-19 on arrival before the reopening of Ghana’s air borders.
According to him, the government is considering September 1, 2020 as a potential date for the reopening of the country’s air borders.
He made this known in his fifteenth address to the nation on Sunday August 16, 2020.
“I want to be sure we are in a position to test every single passenger that arrives in the country to avoid the spread of the virus. The outcome of that exercise will show us the way and determine when we can reopen our border by air. I am hoping by God’s grace, we will be ready to do so by September 1,” he said.
He stated that the Ministry of Aviation, the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority and the Ghana Airports Co. Ltd., have been working “with the Ministry of Health and its agencies, to ascertain our readiness to reopen our airport.”
However, the President provided no detail on when restrictions will be lifted on Ghana’s land borders.
On March 22, 2020, government announced the closure of the country’s borders by air, sea and land were as part of efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
As a result, thousands of Ghanaians who were stranded abroad, have repeatedly appealed for help over the last few months.
Meanwhile, he reiterated some conditions guiding the evacuation of prospective entrants.
“special dispensation will continue to be given for their evacuation back to Ghana. But the government’s pre-condition for evacuation was that the stranded citizens bear the full cost of their ticket 14-day mandatory quarantine when they arrive in the country because of the threat of the novel coronavirus. In some instances, the government has subsidized the cost of travel and quarantine.” he added
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