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Crossing Rules
  • Passengers are required to complete the Health Declaration Form here before arriving in Ghana.
  • Passengers must hold a negative Covid-19 PCR test certificate from an accredited laboratory obtained within 72 hours prior to departure to Ghana.This does not apply to passengers who are returning to Ghana after no longer than 1 week provided holding the negative Covid-19 test result received when departing Ghana.
  • Passengers aged 5 years and above will be subject to a Covid-19 test on arrival at their own cost ($150 USD). The payment for this test may be completed here before travel or paid in cash on arrival.
  • Passengers and crew members flying on repatriation flights will be subjected to mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Ghana.
  • Passengers are not permitted to transit through Ghana for more than one calendar day.
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Flight Restrictions

published 11.08.2020

Flights to Ghana are suspended until 31 August 2020.
– This does not apply to humanitarian, medevac and repatriation flights.

Quarantine

Quarantine requirement at government designated site- subject to PCR test.

All arriving passengers should be prepared to comply with Ghana’s COVID-19 Health Protocols. This may, depending on the test result of individuals or others on the flight, involve time in quarantine or a Government Health facility. Quarantine and / or medical costs can be expensive so it is important that all passengers arrive with adequate access to financial resources. The Government of Ghana also advise that all arrivals should have valid insurance.

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Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

All passengers, upon arrival must produce evidence of a negative Polymerise Chain Reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test result (a text message confirmation from NHS may not be sufficient). This test must have taken place within 72 hours of departure. Ffor passengers who have transited other countries before arriving in Ghana the first country of departure will be the reference point.

On arrival all passengers will be subject to a mandatory COVID-19 test at Kotoka International airport. It is not yet clear what form this test will take. The test will be conducted in the airport at the passengers own expense. The cost has not yet been confirmed but media reports suggest up to $150 dollars per test. Please ensure you have access to sufficient funds in cash on arrival. Children under the age of five are exempt.

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Vaccination

Yellow fever (2019)
Country requirement at entry: a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for all travellers aged 9
months or over.
WHO vaccination recommendation: yes

Malaria (2019)
Malaria risk due predominantly to P. falciparum exists throughout the year in the entire country.
WHO recommended prevention: C

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Full Restrictions

  • Ghana Accra’s Kotoka International Airport reopens for regular international passenger travel on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 (OSAC, 31.08.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    Kotoka International Airport reopened on 1 September. Commercial flights are now operating to and from Ghana on a limited number of routes. Land and sea borders remain closed. COVID-19 protocols at the airport may be subject to change as the new screening process evolves. See the guidance from the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority . At present all passengers arriving are required by the Government of Ghana to: Complete and online health declaration form pre-departure. Wear a face-mask throughout their flight and upon landing in Accra. All passengers may also be asked to complete hard copy self-declaration forms on the flight, confirming they are fit to travel and providing details to facilitate contact tracing. On arrival produce evidence of a negative Polymerise Chain Reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test result (a text message confirmation from NHS may not be sufficient). This test must have taken place within 72 hours of departure. Ffor passengers who have transited other countries before arriving in Ghana the first country of departure will be the reference point. Undergo a temperature check on arrival.
    On arrival all passengers will be subject to a mandatory COVID-19 test at Kotoka International airport. The test is understood to be an antigen test and it will be conducted before baggage is collected at a cost of $150 per passenger. Please ensure you have access to sufficient funds in cash on arrival although payment by card may also be available. Children under the age of five are exempt. The Government of Ghana has stated results will be available within 30 minutes of the test taking place at the airport. As such passengers should be prepared for additional time to move through and exit the airport. During busy period when there may be a large number of passengers disembarking at the same time the testing area may become busy. All arriving passengers should be prepared to comply with Ghana’s COVID-19 Health Protocols. This may, depending on the test result of individuals or others on the flight, involve time in quarantine or a Government Health facility. Quarantine and / or medical costs can be expensive so it is important that all passengers arrive with adequate access to financial resources. The Government of Ghana also advise that all arrivals should have valid insurance. Transit passengers, except those who were diverted to Accra for an emergency and where they will remain in the airport throughout, will also be subject to mandatory COVID-19 testing as outlined above.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Domestic flights are permitted to fly. Public transport systems are operating at full capacity. See the Ministry of Information website for full details on the restriction of movement, including a list of affected areas. Hotels and other rented accommodation are steadily re-opening, and implementing COVID-19 health and safety measures. Contact your chosen accommodation direct to confirm details. The Government of Ghana has implemented a phased easing of some social restrictions. The following services have reopened: restaurants; open air bars; tourist sites; some schools and universities for a minority of students; religious services, weddings and funerals. All changes are subject to strict limits on numbers, adherence to social distancing and the wearing of PPE. Beaches, cinemas and nightclubs remain closed. It is now mandatory to wear face masks, including when leaving or returning to your place of residence. Notices of ‘no mask, no entry’ are displayed at vantage points including offices, shops, markets, malls, banks and pharmacies. The Ghana Police Service have been issued with an extensive list of places they can effect arrest, that includes outdoor spaces such as car parks, markets and the street. Under local COVID-19 protocols people are strongly advised to wash their hands, use hand sanitiser and avoid shaking-hands with one another. People are being advised to continue to adhere to strict social distancing.

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    05.09.2020
  • Ghana Accra’s Kotoka International Airport reopens for regular international passenger travel on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 (OSAC, 31.08.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights via Kotoka International Airport will operate from 1 September. Commercial flights are not expected to immediately return to pre-Coronavirus levels. Land and sea borders remain closed.
    COVID-19 protocols at the airport are being finalised and may be subject to change as the new screening process evolves. See the guidance from the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority [http://www.gcaa.com.gh/web/protocols.html]. At present all passengers arriving are required by the Government of Ghana to: Wear a face-mask throughout their flight and upon landing in Accra. All passengers will also be asked to complete self-declaration forms confirming they are fit to travel and provide details to facilitate contact tracing. On arrival produce evidence of a negative Polymerise Chain Reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test result. This test must have taken place within 72 hours of departure. Ffor passengers who have transited other countries before arriving in Ghana the first country of departure will be the reference point. Undergo a temperature check on arrival. On arrival all passengers will be subject to a mandatory COVID-19 test at Kotoka International airport. It is not yet clear what form this test will take. The test will be conducted in the airport at the passengers own expense. The cost has not yet been confirmed but media reports suggest up to $150 dollars per test. Please ensure you have access to sufficient funds in cash on arrival. Children under the age of five are exempt. The Government of Ghana has stated results will be available within 30 minutes of the test taking place at the airport. As such passengers should be prepared for additional time to move through and exit the airport. During busy period when there may be a large number of passengers disembarking at the same time the testing area may become busy. All arriving passengers should be prepared to comply with Ghana’s COVID-19 Health Protocols. This may, depending on the test result of individuals or others on the flight, involve time in quarantine or a Government Health facility. Quarantine and / or medical costs can be expensive so it is important that all passengers arrive with adequate access to financial resources. The Government of Ghana also advise that all arrivals should have valid insurance.
    Transit passengers, except those who were diverted to Accra for an emergency and where they will remain in the airport throughout, will also be subject to mandatory COVID-19 testing as outlined above.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Domestic flights are permitted to fly – contact your local airline for details. On 26 July, the President announced that public transport systems have permission to operate at full capacity. See the Ministry of Information website [http://moi.gov.gh/president-akufo-addo-addresses-nation-on-updates-to-ghanas-enhanced-response-to-the-coronavirus-pandemic/] for full details on the restriction of movement, including a list of affected areas. Hotels and other rented accommodation are steadily re-opening, and implementing COVID-19 health and safety measures. Contact your chosen accommodation direct to confirm details. The Government of Ghana has set out guidance to curb the spread of coronavirus. On 31 May, the Government of Ghana announced a phased easing of some social restrictions. This includes: the recommencement of religious services, weddings and funerals, reopening of schools and universities for a minority of students, and the reopening of restaurants. The easing of social restrictions was extended to tourist sites and open air bars on 26 July. All changes are subject to strict limits on numbers, adherence to social distancing and the wearing of PPE. Beaches, cinemas and nightclubs remain closed. It is now mandatory for the general public to wear face masks, including when leaving or returning to your place of residence. Notices of ‘no mask, no entry’ are displayed at vantage points including offices, shops, markets, malls, banks and pharmacies. The Ghana Police Service have been issued with an extensive list of places they can effect arrest, that includes outdoor spaces such as car parks, markets and the street. Under local COVID-19 protocols people are strongly advised to wash their hands, use hand sanitiser and avoid shaking-hands with one another. People are being advised to continue to adhere to strict social distancing.

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    31.08.2020
  • Ghana Accra’s Kotoka Airport may reopen for international flights from 1 September (Peace FM, 17.08.2020).

    *****International Restrictions:
    All international commercial flights, except humanitarian, medevac, and repatriation flights, are suspended until further notice. It is not currently possible to transit Ghana on commercial carriers, although a number of carriers have anounced operations in August. On 21 March the government also announced the close of land and maritaime borders until further notice.

    Public health requirements for humanitarian flighs: [https://humanitarianbooking.wfp.org/en/wfp-aviation/]

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    Internal restrictions:

    Domestic flights are permitted to fly – contact your local airline for details. International flights remain suspended. See the Ministry of Information website [http://moi.gov.gh/president-akufo-addo-addresses-nation-on-updates-to-ghanas-enhanced-response-to-the-coronavirus-pandemic/] for full details on the restriction of movement, including a list of affected areas. Hotels and other rented accommodation are steadily re-opening, and implementing COVID-19 health and safety measures.
    Currently, no curfew or lockdown is in effect. The Government of Ghana has set out guidance to curb the spread of coronavirus. On 31 May, the Government of Ghana announced a phased easing of some social restrictions. This includes: the recommencement of religious services, weddings and funerals, reopening of schools and universities for a minority of students, and the reopening of restaurants. The changes are subject to strict limits on numbers, adherence to social distancing and the wearing of PPE. It is now mandatory for the general public to wear face masks, including when leaving or returning to your place of residence. Notices of ‘no mask, no entry’ are displayed at vantage points including offices, shops, markets, malls, banks and pharmacies. The Ghana Police Service have been issued with an extensive list of places they can effect arrest, that includes outdoor spaces such as car parks, markets and the street. People are strongly advised to wash their hands, use hand sanitiser and avoid shaking-hands with one another. People are being advised to continue to adhere to strict social distancing.

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    17.08.2020
  • Ghana *****International Restrictions:
    International borders are closed and only Ghana internal [and humanitarian] flights are operating. It is not currently possible to transit Ghana on commercial carriers, although a number of carriers have anounced operations in August.

    Public health requirements for humanitarian flighs: [https://humanitarianbooking.wfp.org/en/wfp-aviation/]

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Domestic flights are permitted to fly – contact your local airline for details. International flights remain suspended. See the Ministry of Information website [http://moi.gov.gh/president-akufo-addo-addresses-nation-on-updates-to-ghanas-enhanced-response-to-the-coronavirus-pandemic/] for full details on the restriction of movement, including a list of affected areas. Hotels and other rented accommodation are steadily re-opening, and implementing COVID-19 health and safety measures.
    The Government of Ghana has set out guidance to curb the spread of coronavirus. On 31 May, the Government of Ghana announced a phased easing of some social restrictions. This includes: the recommencement of religious services, weddings and funerals, reopening of schools and universities for a minority of students, and the reopening of restaurants. The changes are subject to strict limits on numbers, adherence to social distancing and the wearing of PPE. It is now mandatory for the general public to wear face masks, including when leaving or returning to your place of residence. Notices of ‘no mask, no entry’ are displayed at vantage points including offices, shops, markets, malls, banks and pharmacies. The Ghana Police Service have been issued with an extensive list of places they can effect arrest, that includes outdoor spaces such as car parks, markets and the street. People are strongly advised to wash their hands, use hand sanitiser and avoid shaking-hands with one another. People are being advised to continue to adhere to strict social distancing.

    *****Relaxation to restrictions:
    Authorities announce further easing of COVID-19 restrictions from 1 August.

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    29.07.2020
  • Ghana *****International Restrictions:
    International borders are closed and only Ghana internal flights are operating. It is not currently possible to transit Ghana on commercial carriers.

    Public health requirements for humanitarian flighs [https://humanitarianbooking.wfp.org/en/wfp-aviation/]

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Domestic flights are permitted to fly – contact your local airline for details. International flights remain suspended. See the Ministry of Information website [http://moi.gov.gh/president-akufo-addo-addresses-nation-on-updates-to-ghanas-enhanced-response-to-the-coronavirus-pandemic/] for full details on the restriction of movement, including a list of affected areas. Hotels and other rented accommodation are steadily re-opening, and implementing COVID-19 health and safety measures. Contact your chosen accommodation direct to confirm details.
    The Government of Ghana has set out guidance to curb the spread of coronavirus. On 31 May, the Government of Ghana announced a phased easing of some social restrictions. This includes: the recommencement of religious services, weddings and funerals, reopening of schools and universities for a minority of students, and the reopening of restaurants. The changes are subject to strict limits on numbers, adherence to social distancing and the wearing of PPE. It is now mandatory for the general public to wear face masks.Notices of ‘no mask, no entry’ are displayed at vantage points including offices, shops, markets, malls, banks and pharmacies. People are strongly advised to wash their hands, use hand sanitiser and avoid shaking-hands with one another. People are being advised to continue to adhere to strict social distancing.

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    13.07.2020
  • Ghana *****International Restrictions:
    Ghana closed its borders on Sunday, 22 March.
    Domestic flights are permitted to fly. International flights remain suspended, with the excemption of emergency flights, humanitarian flights, technical landing for refuel and medical evacuation flights.
    Upon arrival, passengers in transit will fill a registration form from the Ministry of Health. Forms are available on the plane and also at arrival. Fully complete all parts of the form to save time upon arrival. Keep the boarding pass with seat number. Provide the form to the public health officer who will collect the form and register the arriving passenger. UN Staff: UNLP holders do not require a visa to enter Ghana.

    Public health requirements for humanitarian flighs [https://humanitarianbooking.wfp.org/en/wfp-aviation/]

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    On 31 May, the Government of Ghana announced a phased easing of some social restrictions. This includes: the recommencement of religious services, weddings and funerals, reopening of schools and universities for a minority of students, and the reopening of restaurants The changes outlined are subject to strict limits on numbers, adherence to social distancing and the wearing of PPE. People are strongly advised to wash their hands, use hand sanitiser and avoid shaking-hands with one another. People are advised to continue to adhere to strict social distancing. On 20 April, the Government of Ghana lifted the movement restrictions in Greater Accra and Greater Kumasi. It is now mandatory for the general public to wear face masks in the Greater Accra Region and in Cape Coast Metropolis. Notices of ‘no mask, no entry’ will be displayed at vantage points including offices, shops, markets, malls, banks and pharmacies.

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    27.06.2020
  • Ghana International flights to Ghana are suspended. Domestic flights will resume after 1 May with Kotoka International Airport reopening to serve internal flights to Tamale, Takoradi and Kumasi.
    – This does not apply to emergency flights, humanitarian flights, technical landing for refuel and medical evacuation flights.

    Upon arrival, passengers in transit will fill a registration form from the Ministry of Health. Forms are available on the plane and also at arrival. Fully complete all parts of the form to save time upon arrival. Keep the boarding pass with seat number. Provide the form to the public health officer who will collect the form and register the arriving passenger.

    Border closure extended until 31 May, (OSAC, 12.05.2020)

    UN Staff: UNLP holders do not require a visa to enter Ghana.

    Internal restrictions:

    Internal restrictions limiting movement in the Greater Accra region (including the capital Accra) and Greater Kumasi (Ashanti region) have been lifted. However, public gatherings are still banned until 31 May. Facemasks are compulsory in most outdoor public places. Suspension of all public gatherings, both private and business (including conferences, workshops, funerals, festivals, political rallies, sporting events, religious activities).
    Public transport operators are required to limit the number of passengers and enforce social distancing and hygiene protocols on board.
    All schools are to remain closed until further notice. Beaches are closed and will be patrolled by police to enforce restrictions.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    On 31 May, the Government of Ghana announced a phased easing of some social restrictions. This includes: the recommencement of religious services, weddings and funerals, reopening of schools and universities for a minority of students, and the reopening of restaurants.

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    02.06.2020
  • Ghana International flights to Ghana are suspended. Domestic flights will resume after 1 May with Kotoka International Airport reopening to serve internal flights to Tamale, Takoradi and Kumasi.
    – This does not apply to emergency flights, humanitarian flights, technical landing for refuel and medical evacuation flights.

    Upon arrival, passengers in transit will fill a registration form from the Ministry of Health. Forms are available on the plane and also at arrival. Fully complete all parts of the form to save time upon arrival. Keep the boarding pass with seat number. Provide the form to the public health officer who will collect the form and register the arriving passenger.

    Border closure extended until 31 May, (OSAC, 12.05.2020)

    UN Staff: UNLP holders do not require a visa to enter Ghana.

    Internal restrictions:

    Internal restrictions limiting movement in the Greater Accra region (including the capital Accra) and Greater Kumasi (Ashanti region) have been lifted. However, public gatherings are still banned until 31 May. Facemasks are compulsory in most outdoor public places. Suspension of all public gatherings, both private and business (including conferences, workshops, funerals, festivals, political rallies, sporting events, religious activities).
    Public transport operators are required to limit the number of passengers and enforce social distancing and hygiene protocols on board.
    All schools are to remain closed until further notice. Beaches are closed and will be patrolled by police to enforce restrictions.

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    01.06.2020
  • Ghana 1. International flights to Ghana are suspended. Domestic flights will resume after 1 May with Kotoka International Airport reopening to serve internal flights to Tamale, Takoradi and Kumasi. – This does not apply to emergency flights, humanitarian flights, technical landing for refuel and medical evacuation flights. 2. Airline crew will undergo mandatory quarantine during their rotation/rest period. Border closure extended until 31 May, (OSAC, 12.05.2020) UN Staff: UNLP holders do not require a visa to enter Ghana.

    Internal restrictions:

    Internal restrictions limiting movement in the Greater Accra region (including the capital Accra) and Greater Kumasi (Ashanti region) have been lifted. However, public gatherings are still banned until 31 May. Face masks are compulsory for each citizen nationwide when in public places. Suspension of all public gatherings, both private and business (including conferences, workshops, funerals, festivals, political rallies, sporting events, religious activities). Public transport operators are required to limit the number of passengers and enforce social distancing and hygiene protocols on board. All schools are to remain closed until further notice. Beaches are closed and will be patrolled by police to enforce restrictions.

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    22.05.2020
  • Ghana International flights to Ghana are suspended. Domestic flights will resume after 1 May with Kotoka International Airport reopening to serve internal flights to Tamale, Takoradi and Kumasi. – This does not apply to emergency flights, humanitarian flights, technical landing for refuel and medical evacuation flights. 2. Airline crew will undergo mandatory quarantine during their rotation/rest period. Border closure extended until 31 May, (OSAC, 02.05.2020)

    Internal restrictions:

    Internal restrictions limiting movement in the Greater Accra region (including the capital Accra) and Greater Kumasi (Ashanti region) have been lifted. However, public gatherings are still banned until 31 May. Face masks are compulsory for each citizen nationwide when in public places. Suspension of all public gatherings, both private and business (including conferences, workshops, funerals, festivals, political rallies, sporting events, religious activities). Public transport operators are required to limit the number of passengers and enforce social distancing and hygiene protocols on board. All schools are to remain closed until further notice. Beaches are closed and will be patrolled by police to enforce restrictions.

    Source: https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm https://www.osac.gov/Content/Report/22c4e630-b2cc-462d-b65d-1842fc781262 https://gh.usembassy.gov/ghana-covid-19-information/ https://pandemic.internationalsos.com/2019-ncov/ncov-travel-restrictions-flight-operations-and-screening

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    12.05.2020
  • Ghana 1. International flights to Ghana are suspended. Domestic flights will resume after 1 May with Kotoka International Airport reopening to serve internal flights to Tamale, Takoradi and Kumasi.
    – This does not apply to emergency flights, humanitarian flights, technical landing for refuel and medical evacuation flights.
    2. Airline crew will undergo mandatory quarantine during their rotation/rest period.

    Border closure extended until 31 May, (OSAC, 02.05.2020)

    Internal restrictions:

    Internal restrictions limiting movement in the Greater Accra region (including the capital Accra) and Greater Kumasi (Ashanti region) have been lifted. However, public gatherings are still banned until 11 May. Face masks are compulsory for each citizen nationwide when in public places. Suspension of all public gatherings, both private and business (including conferences, workshops, funerals, festivals, political rallies, sporting events, religious activities).
    Public transport operators are required to limit the number of passengers and enforce social distancing and hygiene protocols on board.
    All schools are to remain closed until further notice. Beaches are closed and will be patrolled by police to enforce restrictions.

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    10.05.2020
  • Source OSAC Travel Advisories
    US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information
    Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK
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