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Fully vaccinated travellers into Ghana will not take PCR tests from country of embarkation – Akufo-Addo


From Monday, March 28, fully vaccinated travellers into the country will not take PCR tests from the country of embarkation to allow them entry into the country through the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

President Akufo-Addo who announce this during his 28th national address on measures to mitigate the Covid-19 pandemic said these visitors will not be tested on arrival.

“Citizens and foreign residents in Ghana, who are not fully vaccinated, would, however, need to provide a negative PCR test result of not more than 48-hours, will undergo an antigen test upon arrival at KIA, and will be offered vaccination there.

“Ghana’s Foreign Missions have been instructed to make vaccination a requirement for visa acquisition,” he added.

Currently, KIA only allows fully vaccinated passengers, who are in possession of a 72-hour negative PCR test result prior to embarkation and have a negative antigen test result on arrival, entry into the country.

Ghanaian citizens and foreign residents in Ghana, who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated currently, are given waivers by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) to allow them entry into the country through the KIA.

They must also have a 72-hour negative PCR test result prior to embarkation, take an antigen test on arrival, and are offered vaccination.

President Akufo-Addo said it is worth noting that the establishment of the Covid-19 testing infrastructure at KIA by Frontier Healthcare Services Ltd, at its own cost, has been key to Ghana’s ability to limit successfully the importation of the virus into Ghana through the airport.

“The efficacy of the testing regime at KIA has won global admiration and has been applauded by all those who have undergone its testing.

“It has been one of the reasons why Ghana was not at the receiving end of several of the travel bans imposed by the West at the height of the pandemic, for which many African countries were affected,” he said.

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