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With Corona Contained, Ghana Opens International Travel

Ghana will resume international passenger flights on 1 September, President Nana Akufo-Addo announced on Sunday, citing a drop in active coronavirus cases. Air, land and sea borders were closed in March to prevent the spread of the virus. President Akufo-Addo said all travellers arriving in Ghana must present proof of a negative Covid-19 test result done within 72 hours before departure. They will also be tested on arrival at the airport with the result expected within 30 minutes. The passengers will be required to pay for the test. Those who test positive will undergo further assessment and treatment. But children under five will not be tested. All passengers are also expected to observe the safety protocols including mandatory wearing of masks. Airlines that fail to comply with the government directive will be sanctioned. Before the coronavirus pandemic, the main Kotoka International Airport in the capital, Accra, handled about 24,500 passengers arriving from abroad every week. Domestic flights resumed three months ago.