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Fully vaccinated travellers to Ghana do not need PCR COVID-19 test

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Fully vaccinated persons arriving at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) will longer present a negative PCR COVID-19 test from the country of embarkation, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has announced.

From Monday, March 28, 2022, the president said, such travellers, will also not be tested on arrival.

Those who have not been fully vaccinated will, however, have to provide a negative PCR COVID-19 test in addition to an antigen test.

“From tomorrow, Monday, 28th March, fully vaccinated travellers into Ghana will not take PCR tests from the country of embarkation to allow them entry into the country through the KIA, and 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”, Akufo-Addo said on Sunday.

The government engaged Frontiers Healthcare Solution Services Limited to conduct the rapid COVID-19 tests at KIA following the reopening of the airport to international passenger flights in September 2020.

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The 30-minute PCR COVID-19 test initially attracted a $150 fee but was subsequently reviewed.

While the amount was maintained for non-ECOWAS citizens, those from any of the West African countries were to pay $50 for such services at Kotoka International Airport.

“It is worth noting that the establishment of the COVID-19 testing infrastructure at the Kotoka International Airport by Frontier Healthcare Services Ltd, at its own cost, has been key to our 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”, Akufo-Addo said.

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