Reopening of Kotoka International Airport
Government of Ghana has reopened the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in Accra to international passengers, after about six months of closure.
The airport was closed to international passenger traffic about six months ago in response to measures put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo on delivering his 16th address to the nation since the outbreak of pandemic, stated that, government has decided to reopen the airport as a result of health officials being able to conduct swift tests in enabling isolation of passengers might arrived in the country with covid-19.
President Akufo Addo mentioned that, he’s glad to announce the reopening of Kotoka International Airport which will resume it’s operations from Tuesday, September 1, 2020. He indicated that, the decision has been communicated to the various international airlines.
He mentioned that, passengers are required to be with negative Covid-19 test result of which the test should have been done not more than 72 hours before the scheduled time of their flights.
Weeks ago as he addressed the nation, the President said there were ongoing stakeholders meetings on various measures being put in place in ensuring safe reopening of the country’s borders.
It has been established that first cases of coronavirus recorded in Ghana were imported in the country. He added that, Ghana is determined to make sure such scenario does not occur again.
The President announced various measures put in place and communicated to international airlines wishing to resume flights to country. These measures includes the following :
1) Passengers who arrives in the country must be with negative test results from an authorized laboratory in the country of departure.
The test should have been completed in not more than 72 hours before the departure from the country of departure. All airlines have been instructed to adhere to the directives for all passengers traveling to Ghana. All airline companies who failed in this regard will be sanctioned.
2) Passengers onboard are required to wear face masks.
3) Passengers on arrival will undergo a mandatory coronavirus test at the airport terminal at a fee to be paid by the passengers. The test result will be available within 30 minutes after take the test.
4) Children at the ages four and below are not required to undergo the mandatory testing at the airport terminal.
6) Passengers who tests negative, can therefore enter the country to undertake their lawful activities as they keep observing the Covid-19 safety protocols during their stay in the Ghana.
Ministries of Health, Aviation, Information and their respective agencies which are the Ghana Health Service, Ghana Civil Aviation Authority and the Ghana Airports Company will Limited bring out further details on the protocols surrounding the reopening of the Kotoka International Airport and procedures to be observed by passengers arriving in the country at a scheduled media briefing on Monday, 31st August.
The President stated that, the county’s borders by land and sea still remain closed to human traffic until further notice.
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