COVID: Airlines face $3,500 fine on each unvaxxed passenger entering Ghana

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Airlines could pay a $3,500 fine on each unvaccinated passenger entering Ghana as authorities review COVID guidelines at the Kotoka Airport, the country’s sole international landing site.

This new directive comes amid a surge in the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 in Europe, the UK and the US.

In a statement announcing new plans to guard against  another wave of COVID-19 infections, the authorities said effective Tuesday, December 14, 2021, persons flying in and out of the country are to be fully vaccinated and to strictly follow stipulated guidelines for both self-preservation and the protection of the larger society.

While non-Ghanaians who fall into this category may be denied entry and returned to the point of embarkation at a cost to the Airline, Ghanaian passengers will be allowed entry but subject to 14 days of mandatory quarantine at a designated facility.

Additionally, no airline is allowed to bring passengers into Ghana without first pre-validating their TT code (received from a TT lab) or TC issued online after a genuine PCR test result has been uploaded and analyzed using the PanaBIOS or Global Haven software.

According to the Ghana Aviation Authority, airlines that flout the directive will also be surcharged US$3,500 per passenger.

The Ghana health Service in an earlier release said it has had to adopt these stringent measures on both airlines and their passengers because 34 cases of the omicron variant, which is said to be more transmissible, have so far been detected at the Kotoka International Airport; with the Airport alone accounting for about 64% of the country’s total case count.

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