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Things to know before visiting Ghana during this Global Coronavirus Pandemic

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By Speed-up | self meida writer
Published 13 days ago - 11 views

All guests are now permitted into Ghana via Accra, as long as they have a negative test or accept a second test on arrival at Kotoka International Airport. Ghana may be blessed with some of West Africa's finest seashores, but it's so much more than a place to bask. Its seaside forts offer an unwavering vision into the slave trade which was run by the British from these shores.

The rambling Kejetia Market, in Kumasi is said to be the largest in this part of the continent, selling everything from jewelry to footwear. In the north, Mole National Park is the ideal place to see some of Africa's most well-known animals, including elephants, hippos and warthogs.

Ghana reopened to global flights on September 1. However, land and sea borders remain closed. All guests must have proof of a negative test and take a further test on arrival. This costs $50 per passenger for Ghanaians and citizens of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and $150 for everyone else, with results available within 30 minutes. Payment must be made online prior to boarding the flight to Ghana.

Unless they are Ghanaian inhabitants who are returning to the country after having been away for one week or less, all travelers aged five and over must have proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure and also undertake an additional antigen test on arrival. Ghanaian populaces who have left Ghana for one week or less do not need to present a negative PCR test for departure, but still have to undertake the mandatory antigen test on arrival.

Anyone testing positive on arrival will directly be transferred to hospital for further assessment. Non-residents required to segregate in a government health facility must do so at their own cost, while for Ghanaians the cost will be covered by the state. All passengers must complete an online health declaration form and may be asked to do so again on board before landing.

On February 24, Ghana became the first country to receive Covid-19 vaccines through the World Health Organization's COVAX program. A consignment of 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines was delivered to Accra. Ghana had registered 90,287 cases of Covid-19 and 740 deaths as of March 30. Masks are obligatory in public and when using public transit -- not wearing one is an arrestable offense. This includes in places such as markets and car parks.

Last year, the country was lauded for its response and the way it kept numbers down. The commencement of 2021 saw a loud rise in Covid-19 infection rates, including new strains of the virus, but numbers have now dropped.

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