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COVID-19: Ghana to fine airlines transporting unvaccinated persons $3,500

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In a bid to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 new variant, Omicron in Ghana, the country’s aviation will fine any airline carrying unvaccinated passengers into the country $3, 500.

The GACL Chairman, Paul Adom-Otchere, who announced this in a statement in Accra on Monday, also listed fresh COVID-19 guidelines to be followed by passengers arriving at the Kotoka International Airport during the festive period.

The statement read: “Airlines that bring passengers to Kotoka International Airport who are not fully vaccinated shall be surcharged $3,500 per passenger.

“All passengers are required to present evidence of having filled Ghana’s Health Declaration Form (HDF) at www.ghs-hdf.org at the point of embarkation.

“Airlines that bring passengers to Kotoka International Airport who had not filled HDF shall be surcharged $3,500 per passenger.”

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GACL directed all arriving passengers to present a COVID-19 negative PCR test from an accredited laboratory in the country of origin.

The test, according to the agency, must be done not more than 72 hours before the scheduled departure time from the country of origin.

“Airlines who board passengers without PCR test result or transport and disembark passengers with Positive PCR test result into Accra will be fined $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 14 days of mandatory quarantine at a designated facility,” the statement added.

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