Following a surge in the number of coronavirus cases in the country, especially emanating from its gateway airport in Accra, the Kotoka International Airport (KIA), the Ghanaian Government has said effective midnight 12th December 2021, all travellers to Ghana must be fully vaccinated.
According to a press release signed by Director-General, Ghana Health Service, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, the surge in COVID-19 cases is being reflected at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) adding that the country has been recording an average of 20 positive cases a day at KIA.
He said: “The new variant, Omicron which is said to be more transmissible has been detected at our airport. Of the 34 cases detected, 75% of them were unvaccinated. Over the last two weeks, cases from airport account for about 60% of the total cases recorded in the country.”
The draft of the press release reads:
REVIEW OF COVID-19 PROTOCOLS FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVELLERS
There has been a decline in the number of Covid-19 cases in Ghana over the past two months until the global picture of COVID-19 changed since early November 2021. Globally several countries are experiencing their fourth wave.
A number of travelers from these countries come to Ghana and this is expected to increase during the festive season. This current surge in COVID-19 cases is being reflected at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA). In November 2020, 168 cases were detected compared to 241 cases in November 2021, an increase of over 40%.
We have since been recording an average of 20 positive cases a day at KIA. For these positive cases, there is a significant difference in the percentage of COVID-19 infection based on vaccination status recorded at KIA. Available data from KIA, show that a COVID-19 positive person is three times more likely to be unvaccinated.
The new variant, Omicron which is said to be more transmissible has been detected at our airport. Of the 34 cases detected, 75% of them were unvaccinated. Over the last two weeks, cases from airport account for about 60% of the total cases recorded in the country.
The current increase in cases together with the detection of the Omicron variant among international arrivals and the expected increase during the festive season calls for urgent actions to prevent a major surge in COVID-19 cases in Ghana. To avert this, the following directives are to be implemented effective midnight 12th December 2021:
Travelers to Ghana
• All persons 18 years and above arriving in Ghana will be required to provide evidence of full vaccination for a COVID-19 vaccine
• All unvaccinated Ghanaians and residents of Ghana who are currently outside the country and intend to return within 14 days from the midnight of 12th December 2021 are exempted.
However, they would be vaccinated on arrival at the airport.
Traveling Out of Ghana
All Ghanaians travelling out of the country are to be fully vaccinated effective midnight 12th December 2021.
Definition of Fully Vaccinated
A person is said to be fully vaccinated when he/she has taken the full dose of vaccines approved and registered by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Ghana.
• You need two doses of AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna or Sputnik V to be declared as Fully Vaccinated
• One dose is required for Johnson and Johnson to be declared fully vaccinated. COVID-19 Vaccines Approved and Registered by FDA, Ghana
2. Sputnik V
3. Johnson and Johnson
Other Arrival Requirements remain unchanged
• The 72-hour Negative PCR test requirement prior to travel
• Completion of the Health Declaration Form
• All persons who arrive in Ghana will undergo Antigen test