As part of measures to help inform the larger traveling public, the Ghana Tourism Authority has launched this page to provide information to all on the COVID-19 infection and spread.

 

Last updated: September 13, 2020

Basic Information:

  • The Kotoka International Airport in Accra re-opened for regular international passenger travel on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. Ghana’s land and sea borders remain closed until further notice.
  • Wearing of face masks/shield is mandatory in public places (including vehicles). Not wearing a face-covering in public could result in a fine of 12,000 to 60,000 cedis, and/or a prison sentence of four to ten years.
  • Public places are required to display “No mask, No Entry” Notices
  • Hotels, Restaurants and Tourist Attractions are operating with appropriate social distancing precautions and other health and safety measures.
  • Nightclubs, bars, beaches, and cinemas are to remain closed until further notice.
  • Open-air drinking establishments are operating with precautionary measures.
  • Conferences, workshops, meetings, weddings and private burials are permitted with a maximum attendance of 100 persons.
  • Religious services may operate for up to two hours per service.
  • Large sporting events, political rallies, and festivals are suspended until further notice.
  • There are no movement restrictions within Ghana with respect to COVID-19
  • Commercial flights (domestic and international) are operational as well as domestic transport service

 

Basic Entry and Exit Requirements:
  • A negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) is required for entry. Read “Covid-19 protocols for departing and arriving passengers” below
  • Health Screening and passenger testing facilities are in place at airport to test passengers. Fee for testing is $150.00. Read “Covid-19 protocols for departing and arriving passengers” below
  • Normal visa requirements are in effect.

 

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Several Hospitals and facilities offer testing at a fee for COVID-19 related tests with 24-72 hours turnaround time.
  • Nyaho Medical Centre, MDS Lancet, Akai House Clinic, and Noguchi Memorial Advanced Research Laboratory.
  • Fees vary per institution and are not covered by the Government of Ghana.  On average, testing fees range from 350 – 500 Ghana cedis.

 

Local Resources:

  • Ga- East Municipal Hospital, Ridge Hospit  and  Tema  General Hospital  have been designated  as the primary COVID-19 treatment centers in the Greater Accra region. Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) and Kumasi South Hospital are the primary COVID-19 treatment centers in the Ashanti region.
  • Ga Municipal Hospital has recently opened an Infectious Diseases Unit and 37 Military Hospital has a recently completed Bio-containment Ward intended for infectious disease threats such as COVID-19. These hospital treatment facilities are expanding laboratory capacity to perform COVID-19 diagnostic testing in addition to treatment.
  • The  Government of Ghana has expanded COVID-19 treatment of confirmed cases with the addition of Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, 37 Military Hospital, and University of Ghana Medical Center. Isolation centers at Pentecost Community Center and Pram-pram Convention Center are the designated isolation centers for confirmed COVID-19 cases
  • The Government of Ghana has set up two phone numbers for questions regarding COVID-19: +233 50 949 7700 and +233 55 843 9868. The Ghana Health Service also maintains a  COVID-19 information website  with useful information.

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TRAVEL ADVISORY

1. Ghana’s Kotoka International Airport opened to the traveling public on September 1, 2020. All of Ghana’s land and sea borders remain closed except for goods and essential services.

 

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS OBSERVATION FOR AIRCRAFT OPERATORS AND FLIGHT CREW

Airline crew arriving or departing on international flights at the KIA including those from the ECOWAS region will be required to meet the health requirements outlined below prior to admission into Ghana by the Ghana Immigration Service.

1. Crew Members on Departing Flights

All crew members on international flights departing KIA must adhere to COVID-19 testing requirements for the destination countries. In addition, they must always wear a face mask appropriately (extending from the middle of the nasal bridge to halfway between the chin and the neck) and adhere to social distancing and hygiene protocols.

2. Crew Members on Arriving Flights

Crew members must not have any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 including body temperature >38°C. All persons must be wearing face mask appropriately upon arrival (extending from the middle of the nasal bridge to halfway between the chin and the neck) and adhere to social distancing and hygiene protocols.

 

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS FOR DEPARTING AND ARRIVING PASSENGERS

All passengers departing or arriving on international flights at KIA including those from the ECOWAS region will be required to meet the health requirements outlined below prior to admission into Ghana by the Ghana Immigration Service.

Arriving 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 >38°𝐶.

b)  Passengers must possess a COVID-19 negative PCR test from an accredited laboratory in the country of origin.

c)  The test should have been done not more than 72 hours before the scheduled departure time from the country of origin.

d)  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.

  1. Non-Ghanaians may be refused entry and returned to the point of embarkation at a cost to the Airline.
  2. Ghanaians will be allowed entry but subject to 14 days of mandatory quarantine at a facility approved by the Government and at a cost to the passenger.

e)  Arriving passengers will undergo temperature screening.

f)  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.

g)  Passengers will be subjected to a mandatory COVID-19 test at the airport terminal at

a cost of $150 to be borne by the passenger. Payment can be made online athttps://myfrontierhealthcare.com/Home/Ghana. Any passenger who is unable to pay online will be required to make payment on arrival for the test.

h)  Any Passenger who refuses to pay to undergo the COVID-19 test will be subjected to the following:

  • Passenger’s passport will be seized, and passenger handed over to State Security Agencies.
  • Passenger will be taken into a fourteen (14) day quarantine at a designated location at the passenger’s cost.

i)  Passengers who test positive upon arrival will receive further clinical assessment and treatment.

j)  Passengers who test negative will be advised to continue to observe COVID-19 safety precautions following arrival in Ghana.

k)  For passengers who transit through other countries before arriving in 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.)

 

Transit Passengers

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

 

Exemptions

  1. Airline crew are exempted from the pre-departure and arrival COVID-19 testing and should follow the Airline policy for testing.
  2. Children under 5 years of age will not be required to undergo testing on Arrival at the Kotoka International Airport.
  3. 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.

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 Services 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:

  1. Passengers will be required to adhere to COVID-19 testing requirements for the destination countries
  2. Departing passengers will undergo temperature screening at the entrance of Terminal 3 departures
  3. Only passengers and persons with business in the terminal will be allowed entry
  4. Online check-in or the use of self-service kiosks is strongly encouraged to reducephysical contact at the airport
  5. Passengers are advised to arrive at the airport at least 4 hours before the scheduleddeparture 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.

Most tourist attractions have opened with strict COVID-19 measures in place. You may visit any of them.

  1. Culture Related Attractions
  2. Heritage Sites
  3. Adventure Attractions
  4. Nature Sites
  5. Ecotourism Sites
  6. Nightlife
  7. Festivals
  • Wear Nose Masks (It is mandatory)
  • Avoid non-essential travels or movements
  • Avoid large gatherings where possible
  • Avoid shaking of hands
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Wash hands with soap under running water frequently
  • Use hand sanitizers with 60% or more alcohol to frequently sanitize hands

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CORONA VIRUS FAQs

What is a ‘novel’ coronavirus?
A novel coronavirus (CoV) is a new strain of coronavirus.

The disease caused by the novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China, has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) – ‘CO’ stands for corona, ‘VI’ for virus, and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as ‘2019 novel coronavirus’ or ‘2019-nCoV.’

The COVID-19 virus is a new virus linked to the same family of viruses as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and some types of common cold.

How does the COVID-19 virus spread?
The virus is transmitted through direct contact with respiratory droplets of an infected person (generated through coughing and sneezing), and touching surfaces contaminated with the virus. The COVID-19 virus may survive on surfaces for several hours, but simple disinfectants can kill it.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
Symptoms can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia or breathing difficulties. More rarely, the disease can be fatal.

These symptoms are similar to the flu (influenza) or the common cold, which are a lot more common than COVID-19. This is why testing is required to confirm if someone has COVID-19. It’s important to remember that key prevention measures are the same – frequent hand washing, and respiratory hygiene (cover your cough or sneeze with a flexed elbow or tissue, then throw away the tissue into a closed bin). Also, there is a vaccine for the flu – so remember to keep yourself and your child up to date with vaccinations.

How can I avoid the risk of infection?
Here are four precautions you and your family can take to avoid infection:

  • Wash your hands frequently using soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue, when coughing or sneezing, and throw away the tissue into a closed bin
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Avoid handshakes
  • Go to the doctor if you have a fever, cough or feel that it is difficult to breathe (Do not self-medicate)

 

Should I wear a medical mask?
Yes, wearing of masks is compulsory in Ghana. Failure to waer attracts sanctions.

If masks are worn, they must be used and disposed of properly to ensure their effectiveness and to avoid any increased risk of transmitting the virus.

The use of a mask alone is not enough to stop infections and must be combined with frequent hand washing, covering sneezes and coughs, and avoiding close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms (coughing, sneezing, fever).

Does COVID-19 affect children?
This is a new virus and we do not know enough yet about how it affects children or pregnant women. We know it is possible for people of any age to be infected with the virus, but so far there have been relatively few cases of COVID-19 reported among children. The virus is fatal in rare cases, so far mainly among older people with pre-existing medical conditions.

What should I do if my child has symptoms of COVID-19?
Seek medical attention, but remember that it’s flu season in the Northern Hemisphere, and symptoms of COVID-19 such as cough or fever can be similar to those of the flu, or the common cold – which are a lot more frequent.

Continue to follow good hand and respiratory hygiene practices like regular handwashing, and keep your child up to date with vaccinations – so that your child is protected against other viruses and bacteria causing diseases.

As with other respiratory infections like the flu, seek care early if you or your child are having symptoms, and try to avoid going to public places (workplace, schools, public transport), to prevent spread to others.

What should I do if a family member displays symptoms?
You should seek medical care early if you or your child has a fever, cough or difficulty breathing. Consider calling ahead to tell your health care provider if you have traveled to an area where COVID-19 has been reported, or if you have been in close contact with someone with who has traveled from one of these areas and has respiratory symptoms.

 

What is the best way to wash hands properly?
Step 1: Wet hands with running water

Step 2: Apply enough soap to cover wet hands

Step 3: Scrub all surfaces of the hands – including back of hands, between fingers and under nails – for at least 20 seconds.

Step 4: Rinse thoroughly with running water

Step 5: Dry hands with a clean cloth or single-use towel

Wash your hands often, especially before eating; after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; and going to the bathroom.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water, if hands are visibly dirty.