COVID-19: Airlines to be fined for flying unvaccinated people to Ghana

The move forms part of efforts to limit the importation of infections into the country during the Christmas season

The management of the Ghana Airport Company Limited (GACL) has introduced strict measures to ensure that people arriving into the country are all vaccinated against the coronavirus.

The move forms part of efforts to limit the importation of infections into the country during the Christmas season.

A statement issued by  the Ghana Airport Company Limited says “ Airlines that bring passengers to Kotoka International Airport who are not fully vaccinated shall be surcharged US$3500 per passenger.”

“Airlines who board passengers without proof of payment for the COVID-19 test and would/could NOT pay for the test in Ghana, will be fined US$3,500 per passenger.”

“Non-Ghanaian passengers may be refused entry and returned to the point of embarkation at a cost to the Airline, ” the GACL statement said.

Below is the full statement


Ghana to receive nine million more vaccines in December

Meanwhile the government is expected to take delivery of about nine million more COVID-19 vaccines by the end of December, the presidential advisor on health Dr Anthony Nsiah Asare has said.

The vaccine is expected to boost the government’s mass vaccination drive which is currently targeting specialised groups across the country.

Speaking with Kwaku Nhyira-Addo on the Asaase Breakfast Show on Monday (13 December ), Dr Asare suggested taking the vaccine should be made mandatory.

“As we speak from 24 February up till now we have brought in about 15 million doses of vaccine into the country.”

“We are expecting extra eight to nine million doses of vaccine in the country before the end of the year, we want the people to come out and to be vaccinated.”

“As Ghana Health Service (GHS) has now moved into the campaign mood, we have taken the vaccines to every corner of the country, to the church, Mosque, workplaces, all health facilities .. so there is no reason why anybody will say that, I don’t want to be vaccinated, ” he said.

The presidential advisor on health further called on the public to patronise the ongoing mass vaccination drive to help achieve herd immunity.


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