Africa: Ghana Airport Company Limited releases new COVID-19 guidelines in aviation sector, to sanction defaulting airlines, passengers

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The Ghana Airport Company Limited (GACL), has released new COVID-19 guidelines for air travellers and airlines operating to the country via the Kotoka International Airport (KIA), to ensure a safe and secure operations in the industry.

The airport authority said failure to adhere to the new guideline which takes effect from November 16, 2020 by passengers and airlines alike will attract a fine of $3,500.

According to a statement by GACL which specifies the new guideline reads:

1) All Passengers
All international arriving passengers, including those from the ECOWAS region, will be required to meet the following health requirements prior to admission into Ghana:

a, Passengers must not have symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 including body temperature above 38 C
b, Passengers must possess a COVID-19 negative PCR test from and 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.
C, Airlines who board passengers without PCR test result or transport and disembark passengers with Positive PCR test result into Accra will be fined US$3,500 per passenger.
. 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 fourteen (14) days mandatory quarantine at a designated location at the passenger’s cost.

d, Arriving passengers will undergo temperature screening.
e, Ghanaian residents who depart Ghana and return within one (1) week will not be required to present a COVID-19 result from the country of departure. They will , however, undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing upon arrival in Ghana.
f, Passengers will be subjected to a mandatory COVID-19 test the airport terminal at a cost of $150 to be borne by the passenger. Payment MUST be made online at https://myfrontierhealthcare.com/Home/Ghana and proof of payment (receipt) shown to Airline before boarding.

g, Airlines who board passengers without proof of payment for the COVID-19 test and would/could NOT pay for the test in Ghana, will be fined US$3,500 per passenger .
. 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’s cost.

h, Passengers who test positive upon arrival will receive further clinical assessment and treatment.
I, Passengers who test negative will be advised to continue to observe COVID-19 safety precautions following arrival in Ghana.
j, For passengers who transit through other countries before arriving Ghana, the first country of departure will be the reference point. (Connecting flights should not deny passenger boarding, as long as the journey has not been terminated in any of the transit countries.)

2) Transit Passenger
a, Passengers transiting and transferring through Accra will not be required to take the COVID-19 test in Accra.
b, Transit passengers will be required to adhere to COVID-19 testing requirements for the destination countries .

3) Exemptions
a, Airlines crew are exempted from the pre-departure and arrival COVID-19 testing and should follow the Airline policy for testing.
b, Children under 5 years of age will not be required to undergo testing on arrival at the Kotoka International Airport.
c, Passengers who arrive under emergency circumstances such as diverted flights will not be required to undergo testing if they do not leave the airport or remain in isolation in their hotel.
d, Children between the ages of 5-12 years will undergo testing on arrival free of charge.

passengers must wear face mask appropriately (extending from the middle nasal bridge to halfway between the chin and the neck) and are advised to regularly use any of the hand sanitizing stations provided in the terminal.

4) Travelling with Pets
a, Travelling with pets into Ghana is allowed in line with guidelines of the Veterinary Service Directorate of the Ministry of Food & Agriculture.

5) Departing Passengers

All international departing passengers will be required to meet the following guidelines prior to departure:
a, Passengers will be required to adhere to COVID-19 testing requirements for the destination countries.
b, Departing passengers will undergo temperature screening at the entrance of Terminal 3 departures.
c, Only passenger and persons with business in the terminal will be allowed entry.
d, Online check-in or the use of self-service kiosks is strongly encouraged to reduce physical contact at the airport.
e, Passengers are advised to arrive at the airport at least 4 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Passengers must wear face mask appropriately (extending from the middle nasal bridge to halfway between the chin and the neck) and are advised to regularly use any of the hand sanitizing stations provided in the terminal.

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